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Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 28 Jul 1992 16:19:20 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0164. Tuesday, 28 Jul 1992.

Date: Tue, 28 Jul 92 00:16:18 EST
Subject: OFFLINE 38

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coordinated by Robert Kraft
[27 July 1992 Draft, copyright Robert Kraft]
[Religious Studies News 7.4 (Sept 1992)]
[CSSR Bulletin 21.3 (Sept 1992)]
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This issue includes three contributed pieces that help describe
how computers are affecting and will affect scholarship in
various ways and fields. Charles Faulhaber's abstract of his
longer article on textual criticism (from the perspective of
Romance Languages) sets the tone by alerting us to issues
(standardization of coding) and approaches ("hypertext") that are
equally implicit to the other contributions: David Rensberger on
maximizing the value of current IBM type technology, and Kevin
Reinhart on using the Apple Macintosh for Arabic studies. Kevin
Reinhart's hopes for UNICODE are very similar to, and not
incompatible with, Charles Faulhaber's appeal for consistent and
machine independent coding in line with the SGML/TEI proposals.
Similarly, what David Rensberger and Kevin Reinhart are able to
do in the multitasking environments of their hardware and
software represent aspects of the "hypertext" strategy (ability
to access and juxtapose various files and types of material and
move items back and forth as desired) described by Charles
Faulhaber. Previous issues of OFFLINE have touched upon these
matters, but here you can see their relevance and value in more
specific contexts.

The final item is a rather brief and selective set of comments on
matters of note deriving from the computer exhibitions organized
by the editor for the July 1992 International Congress for the
Study of Religion in Melbourne, Australia. Various scholars,
vendors, institutions, and conference participants were generous
in making time and products available to insure the success of
that effort, and the results produced some new insights (or
confirmed some old impressions) about "the state of the art" and
its relevance for people like us.



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