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T. W. Baldwin,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0256  Friday, 31 March 2006

[1] 	From: 	David Evett <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 30 Mar 2006 14:20:39 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small Latine 
& Lesse Greeke

[2] 	From: 	Larry Weiss <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 30 Mar 2006 15:25:51 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small Latine 
& Lesse Greeke

[3] 	From: 	Gabriel Egan <
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	Date: 	Friday, 31 Mar 2006 16:11:21 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small Latine 
& Lesse Greeke


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From: 		David Evett <
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Date: 		Thursday, 30 Mar 2006 14:20:39 -0500
Subject: 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small 
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small 
Latine & Lesse Greeke

On the inability to search the on-line Baldwin electronically (my thanks 
to Gabriel Egan, who gives real meaning to the term "scholarly 
community): as I recall, the index to that book is pretty thorough; that 
was the only search tool for decades, indeed centuries, and a lot of 
good scholarship got done. Checking indices and riffling pages has this 
virtue, too, by contrast with the Find window: you sometimes stumble 
over really useful stuff you didn't know you were looking for--the same 
virtue as open-shelf searches for books as against the electronic catalog.

Dave Evett

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From: 		Larry Weiss <
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Date: 		Thursday, 30 Mar 2006 15:25:51 -0500
Subject: 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small 
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small 
Latine & Lesse Greeke

Anyone who follows Gabriel Egan's copyright advice will be able to reach 
me at the email address above, unless the plaintiff calls first.

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From: 		Gabriel Egan <
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Date: 		Friday, 31 Mar 2006 16:11:21 +0100
Subject: 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small 
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0250 T. W. Baldwin, William Shakespere's Small 
Latine & Lesse Greeke

Jim Blackie wrote

 >The pdf file is apparently a compilation of the TIFF images
 >of the pages (noted elsewhere); as such, one cannot find
 >"words." There are none, as far as the search engine knows.

True-but a PDF can contain a layer of ASCII too, cunningly hidden under 
the images and allowing searching that seems to perform the miracle of 
reading the words in the image. You just need the ASCII, and as I said 
the publisher's withholding that.

 >The task must have taken an enormous amount of time  . . .

Without wishing to prejudice my claim that I imbued these PDFs with my 
own Intellectual Property (which as we all know is supposed to involve 
straining one's mind), I can report that no, it was in fact a doddle. 
WGET is a standard Unix tool (get your sysadmin to install it if it's 
not there already) and it does all that I described with this simple 
command:

     WGET -r http://whatever.site.you.want.to.hoover

The -r switch makes it recursively borrow down to get everything. That 
creates a tree including the folder full of GIFs. The product Advanced 
Batch Converter (Google it for more info) turns those into TIFFs and the 
full version of Adobe Acrobat allows you to import a stack of TIFFs to 
make one PDF.

In all this, the software that behaved least well was, predictably, the 
most expensive: Adobe Acrobat. Version 5.0 chokes on importing more than 
50 TIFFs at a go, so the one bit of the job that was a fag was doing 750 
images in batches of 50.  That turned a 5-minute job into a 15-minute 
job. I like enough SHAKSPERians well enough to spare this labour on 
their behalf.

Naturally, I have no connection to the makers of WGET, Adobe Acrobat, or 
Advanced Batch Converter. I'm just a satisfied user.

Gabriel Egan

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