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Internet Scholarly Editions of Shakespeare; RSA
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0264.  Thursday, 4 April 1996.

(1)     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 08:16:34 -0800
        Subj:   Scholarly Editions of Shakespeare for the Internet

(2)     From:   Paul Budra <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 14:37:10 -0500
        Subj:   Aldus at the RSA


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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 08:16:34 -0800
Subject:        Scholarly Editions of Shakespeare for the Internet

           SCHOLARLY INTERNET EDITIONS OF SHAKESPEARE
                  ===== AN ANNOUNCEMENT =====
                      (Please cross-post)

In cooperation with the University of Victoria and an Editorial Board of
distinguished scholars, I am pleased to announce the creation of a site on the
Internet that will be dedicated to providing scholarly editions of
Shakespeare's plays.

The Internet editions will in due course provide texts of all the plays and
poems in modern newly-edited versions. The modern texts will be linked to
electronic representations of the original quartos and Folio, and will be fully
annotated. They will include supporting source material, a critical survey, a
history of performance, and will provide links to external sources where
related materials are available elsewhere on the Internet. Eventually the
original texts will be available in graphic form.

The electronic texts will be made available in a variety of formats:

1. Simple unformatted ASCII text.
2. HTML text for display in a Web browser
3. Text marked up in more detail using SGML (Standarg Generalized
   Markup Language), suitable for textual analysis, the generation
   of concordances, and so on.

Though not a high priority at the beginning, the site will in due course
collect and make available an archive of performance documentation in graphic,
sound, and video formats.

All materials to be posted on the site will be subject to refereeing to ensure
that the highest standard of scholarship is maintained. While the editors may
choose to retain copyright on their work, all texts will be made available for
educational and non-profit purposes.

Further information is available at the site:

<http://castle.uvic.ca/shakespeare/>

*  An outline of the editorial structure and principles
*  A list of members of the Editorial Board
*  A discussion of questions concerning the kinds of tagging that
   will be of the greatest usefulness for scholars
*  Some sample pages of a text (_Romeo and Juliet_) in a possible
   HTML format for Web browsing

I welcome questions, comments and suggestions. Please visit the site.

Michael Best
Department of English, University of Victoria,
Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.
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   URL: <http://www.engl.uvic.ca/Faculty/MBHomePage/Index.html>
Coordinating Editor, Internet Editions of Shakespeare
   URL: <http://castle.uvic.ca/shakespeare/>

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From:           Paul Budra <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 Apr 1996 14:37:10 -0500
Subject:        Aldus at the RSA

[This announcement appeared on FICINO.  --HMC]

Simon Fraser University will be hosting the Renaissance Society of America
annual meeting on April 3-6th, 1997.  The university has just acquired 106
volumes from the Aldine press.  These volumes have never been available to
scholars before now.

To celebrate this event, the program committee for the RSA '97 meeting would
like to solicit papers on Aldus and his successors with the hope of mounting a
special session on Renaissance Italian printing.

Please send ten copies of an abstract for a proposed paper to

                        Paul Budra, Dept. of English
                        Simon Fraser University
                        Burnaby, BC, Vancouver V5A 1S6

by May 1st.  If you cannot meet this deadline, please e-mail Prof. Budra at

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Enquires about the SFU Aldus collection should be directed to the university
rare book librarian, Ralph Stanton: 
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