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Instructions for using this site
There are currently two different types of document in our database:
  • Texts
  • Engravings
You can access both types of documents from the table of contents page, where they are listed; you can click on the headers in the document list to sort the list by title or by type. In the future, a search page will be available too.
Each document is available in two different formats:
  • Interactive Web page format (XHTML)
  • XML (TEI P5 format)
If you are familiar with the TEI, then you will know what can be done with the XML version; if not, then you probably don't need to worry about it. The plain text version is provided mainly for the purposes of text analysis; it's not really a human-readable format because it doesn't include any formatting or editorial material. The most important format for the regular reader is the interactive Web page view (XHTML).

Web display of the texts

If you look at the text documents, you'll see something quite straightforward and familiar. Page breaks in the original documents are shown as numbers with dotted borders. Editorial footnotes are shown at the bottom of the page, but if you're using a modern Web browser such as Firefox, you can also access notes by clicking on the note number in the text (highlighted in yellow), causing the note to appear in the right margin of the text.

Web display of the engravings

Display of the engravings is quite different. The images have been annotated to provide transcriptions of text which appears as part of the engraving, and to add editorial explanations of various features of the content, as well as links to other texts and engravings which are related. There are two ways to access the annotations:

1. Clicking on the image

If you run the mouse pointer over the image, you'll see coloured dotted boxes appear. Each box indicates that there is an annotation relevant to that area of the image. The colours represent different categories of annotation. Clicking on the box will make its outline appear solid, and show a popup window containing the annotation. At the same time, the annotation menu on the right of the image will expand to show the selected annotation title and highlight it.
Sometimes it's useful to see a more detailed view of the area to which an annotation relates. You can do this by double-clicking on the outlined area on the image. A full-scale detail of the area will download (it may take a while!) and display on top of the image. To make the detail disappear, just click on it once.

2. Using the Annotations menu

On the right of the image is the Annotations menu, which initially shows the categories of annotations which are available. Clicking on a category will expand it to show the titles of annotations which are available. If you run your mouse pointer over the annotation titles in the menu, the area of the image to which the annotation is relevant will be outlined with a coloured dotted box. Clicking on the title will reveal the annotation (and it should also scroll the area into view if it's not currently in the browser's viewport).

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