The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0365  Wednesday, 23 February 2005

From:           Eric M. Johnson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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:

Below is a summary of the changes to OSS.

Eric Johnson


+ 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.


+ 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

+ 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.

+ 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:

+ ...or you can also use a search box to search for a character:

+ Actors will find this useful -- they will be able to show how their
cue lines and memorize their dialogue more easily, e.g.:

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