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SAA Abstract; WP-to-Mainframe File Transfers
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 59. Tuesday, 19 Feb 1991.
 
(1)   Date:     Tue, 19 Feb 91 12:39 EST                     (33 lines)
      From:     <COX@HOPE>
      Subject:  [Abstract for SAA Seminar Paper]
 
(2)   Date:         Tue, 19 Feb 91 16:22:48 EST              (61 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      WordPerfect to Mainframe File Transfers
 
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Date:     Tue, 19 Feb 91 12:39 EST
From:     <COX@HOPE>
Subject:  [Abstract for SAA Seminar Paper]
 
[ . . . ]
 
    While I'm on the network, I'll also include the abstract of my paper
for the seminar on "Shakespeare and the English Church."  I'd include the
whole paper as well, but it's in WordPerfect, and I've found in the past
that WP commands are deleted in the process of transmission through our
mainframe, so uploading it doesn't make much sense, and retyping it in
this format is too time consuming.  If you have any suggestions for solving
this problem, I'd be glad to hear them.  In the meantime, for public trans-
mission, here's my abstract:
 
[title:] "Shakespeare, Marlowe, Subversion, Devils, and Power"
 
    Both Marlowe and Shakespeare put actual devils on stage only once, in
*Dr. Faustus* and *1 Henry VI*, respectively.  One way to understand the
differences between these two very different plays is to focus on the way
each of them uses the devils it stages.  Marlowe explicitly identifies the
theological origin of demonology in the archetypal lust for power, and his
subversion of that theology implicitly subverts the ecclesiastical super-
structure that rests on it, including the temporal embodiment of the church
in earthly power.  Though Shakespeare, on the other hand, is not less con-
scious of *libido dominandi* as the essence of devils, he treats demons much
less skeptically than Marlowe, while ultimately suggesting that their rele-
vance to human power struggles is less important than the political damage
wrought by human power alone.
 
Cheers,
 
John Cox
Hope College
 
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Date:         Tue, 19 Feb 91 16:22:48 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      WordPerfect to Mainframe File Transfers
 
John Cox is not the first to ask about procedures for transferring
files from a word processor (eg WordPerfect) to the mainframe, for
transmission to SHAKSPER or the SHAKSPER Fileserver.  My own experience
suggests that it is not worthwhile attempting to preserve WP formatting
codes for email; indeed, the objective is to strip files of as much
formatting as possible before uploading them to your mainframe account.
 
Start by replacing non-standard ASCII characters (diacritics, tabs,
indentations) with standard characters, either via a macro or a
global search and replace.  (In WP 4.2, tabs must be replaced by 5
spaces; in WP 5.1 tabs can be left alone.)  More complicated is the
replacement of WP formatting codes, like underscore, italics, and
footnotes.  I tend to settle for the automatic approach, replacing
the initial underscore code with an asterisk.  (If I am particularly
ambitious, I may then manually add a final asterisk to the underlined
word or words.)  Footnotes are more complicated.
 
I have heard reports that converting footnotes to endnotes will
solve the problem in some programs, like Microsoft Word for Windows.
(This may be true for WordPerfect too, I'm not certain.)  Ultimately,
you will be printing the file, once stripped of non-standard characters
and control codes, to a "plain vanilla" DOS ASCII text file.  (In
WordPerfect, this is via <CTRL-F5>.)  There is no point attempting
to keep footnotes on the same page in such a document, because pages
ultimately disappear entirely; endnotes are the ultimate aim.  If
the file printed to disk preserves the endnotes in ASCII form, the
work is over.  (If not, I rely on macros to cut footnote text from the
notes and place it in a separate document.  It's then a simple matter
of manually numbering the notes in that document, manually numbering
the code locations in the main text document, and then appending the
endnote text to the main text.)
 
Additional notes: it's wise to keep your margins well under 70
characters wide, to avoid truncated lines on some systems.  Also,
be sure that you are not DOUBLE spacing -- in the text file, this
will double the length of your document!
 
In summary, then, the best solution is to create a bare-bones text
file, print it to disk as ASCII text, and upload it to your mainframe
account.  (Usually using Kermit in Procomm, here at the University
of Toronto, but elsewhere it could be by any number of means --
check with your local computing support personnel.)  You can then
use the command "SENDFILE" (on a VM/CMS system) to transmit the
file to me, or you can mail it to me (if it's less than 1000 lines).
 
I hope that these suggestions prove helpful to everyone, and that
more people can spare the time to submit text files to SHAKSPER
as a result.  If anyone has further questions, please don't
hesitate to ask; you can also consult section 2)b. of the
SHAKSPER GUIDE, which summarizes most of this information.
 
                                             Ken Steele
                                             University of Toronto
 

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