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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0116  Thursday, 15 January 2004

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 10:55:57 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0101 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
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[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 09:10:49 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0101 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 10:55:57 -0500
Subject: 15.0101 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0101 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
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Gabriel Egan advises us to save (and hence presumably to generate) our
work in HTML rather than in proprietary word-processing programs like
Word.  My own experience with HTML is limited, and suggests that to
generate an HTML file that will do things like footnotes you will need
to spend a lot of time learning a basketful of markup codes and more
time typing them in--precisely the sort of extra labor, on top of the
labor of finding the right words, that the proprietary programs were
developed to save.  (It is true that programs like Word, primarily
developed for business use, are encumbered with a lot of components for
which we academics have little use, and that often get in the way of
what we are trying to do.)  But I'd be interested to hear comments--and
suggestions--from those of you with lots of experience in this line.
Not least because I have a complicated editorial project in view for
which web publication may turn out to be appropriate.

David Evett

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 09:10:49 -0800
Subject: 15.0101 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0101 Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
Bibliography

Gabriel Egan writes a post on the merits of open standards for document
formats, with which I can only agree.  I'd only like to add to the
following:

        There
        is so much text already in HTML that the world is more likely to lose
        some of its smaller spoken languages such as Irish and Welsh than it is
        to lose its collective knowledge of HTML.

I'd just add a quibble:  Microsoft keeps extending HTML.  As a result,
many pages are now not written in pure, standards-based, W3C approved
HTML and may prove unreadable in the future.  You can fight this
tendency by using an alternative browser, such as Opera, www.opera.com,
if only to check the formatting of your own HTML documents.  (I hope
that Hardy will forgive my mentioning a commercial product).

Secondly, the web seems to be actually contributing to the maintenance
of certain small languages.  The Inuktitut living dictionary is
maintained online, for instance, though it does require the download of
special fonts.

Yours,
Sean.

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