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Humanist Archives: March 31, 2020, 8:02 a.m. Humanist 33.712 - learning to read handwritten documents

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 712.
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        Date: 2020-03-30 11:13:26+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: inadequacies illumined, complexities revealed

A participant in MEDTEXTL list, Professor Peter Baker (English,
Virginia), has described an intriguing approach to the teaching of
palaeography, particularly in the case of the Secretary hand: to design
a digital font approximating the hand without any compromises to modern
expectations (as he has done), then giving it to the students so that
they can decipher a text in it that they themselves have entered. I
assume the approach works best when the students copy from a modern
transcription of a manuscript they are trying to read.

How well would this method work for manuscript hands across the board?
Under what circumstances would it fail to reproduce the manuscript in
question? What would the failures reveal?

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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