10.0379 Lady of May on WWW

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 31 Oct 1996 19:42:39 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 379.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: Richard Bear <RBEAR@OREGON.UOREGON.EDU> (27)
Subject: Lady of May/presentation of texts

There is now a lightly annotated text of The Lady of May, designed for use with
frames-capable browsers (Netscape 2.0+, etc.), located:


It's currently in use in a class project comparing various print editions
(1598-1962) with the three online versions that I've done, in an effort
to locate and delineate some of the rhetorical issues of text presentation

I'm interested in reactions to the *design* of the page, and to feelings
about reading online, thoughts about whether this presentation would be
useful as a teaching edition, etc. Though I've heard before about the limited
usefulness of not working in full TEI sgml, I want to hear about that as well,
and any thoughts you may have on what is considered authoritative in e-text
development, who is doing the considering in the preceding clause, and thoughts
on whether teaching editions will be able to happily co-exist with scholarly
editions on the relatively level playing field of the WWW.

Also: I have heard that some 32 research institutions are talking of developing
an Internet II, where they will be able to carry on their academic work in
relative peace and quiet, so to speak, far from the busy streets of the
bustling megalopolis of "Internet I." If this occurs, will there be a cultural
division in publishing realms, with a TEI Shakespeare in Internet II, and
Project Gutenberg's Shakespeare in Internet I? To what extent is academic
discourse about the social class of those discoursing, and how does class
affect the presentation of texts, on paper or on electronic media?

Richard Bear