Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 258. Monday, 14 Oct 1991.
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 1991 00:30:14 -0400
Subject: 2.0255 Public Domain Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 2.0255 Public Domain Shakespeare
A TECHNOLOGICAL QUERY FOR DAVID RICHMAN:
A few years ago I watched an early voice synthesizer talk through some written
text. I'm wondering how such a device handles "old spelling". (Could we hear
the differences between Compositor B and Compositor E's stints in First Folio
passages if they spelled their words differently?) Usually my imagination
about machinery conjurs up either impossible problems for it or fails to
grasp its most basic capacities. But the more I hear from others about uses
for these electronic texts, the giddier I become.
SEPARATE QUERY ON E-TEXTS:
Has anyone tried working with Neil Freeman's old-spelling E-texts of Folio
scripts? He distributes them on Macintosh disks at $50 Canadian per play,
print copy at $14.95. (He's at 416-497-3979.)