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The Electronic Bard (103)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 26. Friday, 24 Aug 1990.
 
 
(1)   Date:   Wed, 22 Aug 90 19:12:24 EDT                    (29 lines)
      From:   "Michael S. Hart" <HART@UIUCVMD>
      Subject:      Re: 1.0025  Breaking the Ice...
 
(2)   Date: Thu, 23 Aug 90 10:11 EDT                         (13 lines)
      From: HDCHICKERING@amherst
      Subj:   WordCruncher, TACT
 
(3)   Date:         Fri, 24 Aug 90 13:35:25 EDT              (39 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      WordCruncher Shakespeare, TACT
 
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Date:   Wed, 22 Aug 90 19:12:24 EDT
From:   "Michael S. Hart" <HART@UIUCVMD>
Subject:      Re: 1.0025  Breaking the Ice...
 
I would like to hear more from Ken Steele about the TACT editions he
mentioned.  I am somewhat familiar with the others he referred to, and
I would be happy to voice my opinions on them, when asked.  As Ken is
aware of, I am highly opinionated and willing to stick my neck out
farther than most, though I am learning.
 
I would like to hear about the errors found in the WC Riverside, as I
have both the floppy and CDROM versions, and would like to get a set
of corrections together which I can send to WordCruncher when they are
ready for a second edition.  I also can provide information about them
and their products, for those who are interested.
 
I am a combination Shakespearean and computer enthusiast, both inherited
from my father, who was a Shakespeare professor and an avid hi-fi enthusiast.
Therefore I grew up well versed in home electronics and in Shakespeare.  From
your perpective I am sure I will appear far better at computers than at the
Bard, since I can build a 486 with ease, complete with opto-magnetic drives,
etc., but my plays and poetry are not as well received.
 
Please feel free to ask for advise on computers, and please forgive me if I
ask too often for advice on Shakespeare.
 
Thank you,
 
Michael S. Hart
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Date: Thu, 23 Aug 90 10:11 EDT
From: HDCHICKERING@amherst
Subj:   WordCruncher, TACT
 
 
        As a newcomer to this game and a teacher of both Chaucer and
Shakespeare, I'd like to ask what are the WordCruncher Riverside Shakespeare
and the TACT Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton?
 
 
                        Howell Chickering
                        Amherst College
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Date:         Fri, 24 Aug 90 13:35:25 EDT
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      WordCruncher Shakespeare, TACT
 
 
There have indeed been reports of many errors in the WordCruncher (ETC)
electronic edition of the Riverside Shakespeare.  I myself have compiled
a list of approximately 500 erroneous words (i.e. mistranscriptions from
the printed text, not simply inconsistencies in modernization or
editorial errors).  The WordCruncher people have a bounty system
established for such errors, I understand -- those who report a
sufficient number (unspecified) will receive free texts from ETC.
I have sent the list to ETC, and once I have reformatted it I will
post it on the SHAKSPER Fileserver, in case present or future members
can make use of such a list.  ETC has been very reluctant to
discuss the release of new editions, but has also made it virtually
impossible for users to (legally) correct errors in the texts
themselves.
 
TACT (Thematic Analysis and Concording of Texts) is a shareware
text retrieval and analysis program developed by Lidio Presutti and
John Bradley of the University of Toronto Computing Services
(<LIDIO@utoronto> and <BRADLEY@utoronto>) and distributed by the
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, University of Toronto
(<CCH@utorepas>).  The program was distributed free of charge to
registered members of the 1989 ICCH/ALLC "Dynamic Text" conference
in Toronto, and a steady stream of upgrades have been released
ever since.  It is more sophisticated and complex than WordCruncher,
but it also runs into memory allocation problems on particularly
large texts.
 
Contact the CCH with questions about availability or purchase of
the program or its texts.  I will try to obtain or compose a
more comprehensive note on TACT and the textbases, and once done
it will be posted here.
 
 
                                  Ken Steele
                                  University of Toronto
 

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