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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0491  Friday, 20 February 2004

[1]     From:   Michael B. Luskin <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Feb 2004 10:18:34 EST
        Subj:   Online Shakespeare Concordance: Open Source Shakespeare


[2]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Feb 2004 02:09:25 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0478 Online Shakespeare Concordance: Open Source
Shakespeare


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From:           Michael B. Luskin <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Feb 2004 10:18:34 EST
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I am very glad to see a concordance available to us at

http://opensourceshakespeare.org/concordance

What is wrong with the concordance which has been available for a long
time at:

http://www.it.usyd.edu.au/~matty/Shakespeare/

Perhaps I should ask what is the difference.

Michael B. Luskin

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Feb 2004 02:09:25 -0800
Subject: 15.0478 Online Shakespeare Concordance: Open Source
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0478 Online Shakespeare Concordance: Open Source
Shakespeare

 >I am pleased to
 >announce that the Open Source Shakespeare project now
 >includes a concordance of all word forms found in the
 >complete works...
 >The concordance is here:
 >http://opensourceshakespeare.org/concordance

Though the year is young, Eric Johnson should get some annual prize for
fine public service--or perhaps great public works, for the concordance
seems to work beautifully.

But to follow Hardy's comments of Feb.10
(http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2004/0383.html), isn't it time for
some community effort to critique, revise, and upgrade the standard
Internet Shakespeare text, the so-called Moby edition?  Texts from
modern-spelling editions of 1866, 1911, or 1914 should not be the
de-facto Shakespeare corpus available to millions around the world
simply because it's public domain.  It needs to be good as well.

I think this might be part of making the Internet grow up:  to replace
the first available texts--the handy or free pre-1923 texts that were
often placed quickly online by programmers, bulletin board operators,
and the first webmasters in the 80s and early 90s--with texts of a
higher quality.

This is no criticism of Eric, but it is criticism of our continuing
acceptance or tolerance of too much ancient, often wrong material on
this virtual public utility, the net.

In this connection, I believe it long past time to both deplore and move
offline some of the very bad work sponsored by universities and
foundations.  I recently dispatched a considerable rant to Michigan and
Cornell (and the Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation) about their "Making of
America" library of PDF facsimiles (OK) and scanned texts (definitely
not OK).  Here is a typical swatch of text (from The Two Noble Kinsmen,
in Simms 1855 ed.):

"...I've a good title, You would not hear me doubted, but your silence I
am persuaded: this question, sick between us, Should break out, though
i' the sanctuary. By bleeding must be cured. I am a suitor, Pal. Sir,
That, to your sword, you will bequeath this plea, I've seen you move in
such a place, which well And talk of it no more. Might justify your
manhood; you were called Pal..."

"Talk of it no more"? I think we must.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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