Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0026. Wednesday, 12 January 1994.
From: Michael Best <
Date: Tuesday, 11 Jan 94 09:48:05 PST
Subject: Hypertext Shakespeare
A comment on hypertext editions of Shakespeare: the Voyager *Macbeth*
sounds as if it will be a great start, and I for one plan to learn from
it. I expect (hope) that there will soon be as many CD ROM texts
of the plays to choose from as there are in the world of conventional
print -- and that each will have its particular flavour and audience.
My own hypertext edition (of *Romeo and Juliet*) is starting slowly
thanks to the demands of upgrading the earlier program *Shakespeare's
Life and Times* to CD ROM. (Lots of unfun getting permission to use
various colour graphics, not to mention the hassle of finding the
right person to get permission for video clips.)
One result of my wrestling with other people's copyright is that my
edition will not have copyright restrictions on material I generate.
I also plan to make it more scholar-oriented than the Voyager, with
tools that will allow users to create their own text from the
variants (are you listening Steve Textowics?) and add their own
links and notes as they work.
Some time ago I asked for a wish-list of features in a hypertext
Shakespeare from the SHAKSPER subscribers -- and got only a few
responses. Any more?