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Open Source Shakespeare 2.0 Released
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0365  Wednesday, 23 February 2005

From:           Eric M. Johnson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 23 Feb 2005 01:58:15 -0500
Subject:        Open Source Shakespeare 2.0 Released

I am pleased to announce the second major release of Open Source
Shakespeare (http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org), which is now
complete. SHAKSPER list members submitted many suggestions for
improvements and features, most of which were included. You corrected
several errors in the texts from which I was working, and that was much
appreciated, too.

I look forward to receiving any comments or suggestions anyone might
have at 
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 . If you are planning to attend
the 2005 British Shakespeare Association conference, I will be leading a
seminar on Web-based Shakespeare tools. A full description is here:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/niassh/shakespeare/seminars/online_shakespeare.htm

Below is a summary of the changes to OSS.

Thanks,
Eric Johnson

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SEARCH FUNCTION
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/search/search-advanced.php

+ Stemming option: You may search for word stems as well as keywords.
Thus a search for "play" will find "plays," "playing," "played," etc.

+ Phonetic option: Words are converted into phonetic values, which are
then located in the texts. Searching for "their" will also turn up
"they're" and "there."

+ Print/save version: Clicking on this link will give you a simple
version of the search results, suitable for printing or saving onto your
hard drive.

+ Search results browsing: For searches that return lots of results, you
can view them page-by-page, instead of viewing all results at once.

+ Help function on the advanced search page: Each element of the search
page is explained.

+ Conjunction labels changed: instead of the Boolean "and/or" functions,
you may use "find" or "not." The former includes a keyword in the
search, and the latter excludes results based on keywords.

+ Results formatting: You can remove the keyword highlighting in the
search results. Also, you can display 10 to 100 results at a time, and
opt to hide the line text in each result.

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PLAY DISPLAY
e.g.,
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=henry5

+ Print/save version: There is a link at the top of every text
displayed, which will show the text in a version suitable for saving or
printing.

+ Navigation aids: There are jumps to the previous and next scene/act
changes at the top of the page, and at the beginning and end of every scene.

+ Quotations on "please wait" notice: Instead of showing a generic
message asking a user to wait while the server works, there are now
rotated quotations, too.

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OTHER CHANGES
+ Quick links to all works are shown on left side of home page.

+ There is a statistics page: http://www.opensourceshakespeare.com/stats/

+ I added a list of all the characters:
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.com/views/plays/characters/chardisplay.php

+ ...or you can also use a search box to search for a character:
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.com/views/plays/characters/char_search.php

+ Actors will find this useful -- they will be able to show how their
cue lines and memorize their dialogue more easily, e.g.:
http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/characters/charlines.php?CharID=MALVOLIO&WorkID=12night&cues=1

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