3.629 software? scholarly journals? (77)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Tue, 24 Oct 89 17:52:55 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 629. Tuesday, 24 Oct 1989.

(1) Date: 23 Oct 89 21:36 EDT (12 lines)
From: (Ernesto Livon Grosman) <GROSMAN@ACF7.NYU.EDU>
Subject: Word Crunch and Nota Bene

(2) Date: Mon, 23 Oct 89 14:29:17 EDT (22 lines)
From: Jacqueline Brown <JBROWN@PUCC>
Subject: Wordprocessor and textbase?

(3) Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 08:20:06 CDT (20 lines)
From: Steve Dill <UGA108@SDNET>
Subject: Scholarly Comm. System

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Date: 23 Oct 89 21:36 EDT
From: (Ernesto Livon Grosman) <GROSMAN@ACF7.NYU.EDU>
Subject: Word Crunch and Nota Bene

Can you tell me what is Word Cruncher?
Also I would like to know if it is worth it to switch from Word Perfect 5.0
to Nota Bene when working with Latin American Literature.
Thank You. Ernesto Grosman.
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Date: Mon, 23 Oct 89 14:29:17 EDT
From: Jacqueline Brown <JBROWN@PUCC>
Subject: wordprocessor and textbase?

I am trying to help a user select an IBM-compatible product (a
word processor, text database, or some combination thereof) that
will permit him to create a lengthy scholarly multi-language work
involving the extensive annotation of whole texts. The texts are
in Spanish, the annotations mostly in French; the ultimate placement
of the annotations must be flexible, i.e. the user is not sure yet if
he wants to display the original text as the main body of the printed
book, with the annotations as footnotes/endnotes, or adopt a multi-column
format (column 1 = text, column 2 = annotations), or even use an alter-
nating line arrangement, where lines of annotations appear above the
text they refer to (and presumably in a different typeface).
The texts may vary in length from fragments a few sentences long to
entire manuscripts. The texts and annotations need to be searchable.

The one parameter is that it does have to work on an IBM
platform; otherwise the user is open to any solution. The simpler,
the better.
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Date: Tue, 24 Oct 89 08:20:06 CDT
From: Steve Dill <UGA108@SDNET>
Subject: Scholarly Comm. System

In an interesting but probably quixotic essay, two libriarians--
Sharon J. Rogers at George Washington University and Charlene S.
Hart at George Mason University--publishing on the "Point of View"
page of the Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 1989, p. A56,
claim that scholarly journals are obsolete "as the primary vehicle
for scholarly communication."
What they suggest to replace journals is a "Scholarly Communication
System, an electronic network on which scholars could also read other
publications." This network would also contain a "notes and comments"
section, citation tracking, and usage log along with many other
applications to sustain scholarly publishing and debate.
While their proposal is more detailed than I wish to describe here,
I am interested in the reaction of other scholars to their proposal
and its efficacy in resolving the issues it raises.
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, 57069