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Funeral Elegy/ Shakespeare Wars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0985  Sunday, 5 November 2006

[1] 	From: 	Michael Best <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 02 Nov 2006 14:27:39 -0800
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0979 Funeral Elegy/ Shakespeare Wars

[2] 	From: 	Richard Abrams <
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	Date: 	Sunday, 5 Nov 2006 10:32:38 -0500
	Subj: 	Funeral Elegy/ Shakespeare Wars


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From: 		Michael Best <
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Date: 		Thursday, 02 Nov 2006 14:27:39 -0800
Subject: 17.0979 Funeral Elegy/ Shakespeare Wars
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0979 Funeral Elegy/ Shakespeare Wars

Larry Weiss, not altogether avoiding the general ad hominem tone of many 
comments on Foster's work, produces as evidence of Foster's "unscholarly 
methods" the fact that SHAXICON has not been published. I am writing to 
pass on some information concerning its possible publication.

Publishing in the electronic medium is not always a simple matter. 
Foster was one of the earliest to use computer-aided textual analysis on 
Shakespeare's works, and unfortunately the program he used has since 
become effectively obsolete; publication using proprietary software (in 
this case WordCruncher) is fraught with difficulty, since it is very 
different from providing access to a database that can have an interface 
to the Web.

At Foster's request, the Internet Shakespeare Editions is conducting an 
initial feasibility study to see whether we can convert the original 
data, encoded specifically for WordCruncher, to standards-compliant XML. 
If this is possible, we will be able to publish the database on the Web, 
after following our normal procedures in which both the XML tagging and 
the content will be peer reviewed. Foster has also requested that the 
database become an open-source document to which any suitably qualified 
person can add content or additional search features.

I hope this clarifies some rather muddied waters.

Michael Best
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
http://ise.uvic.ca/

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From: 		Richard Abrams <
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Date: 		Sunday, 5 Nov 2006 10:32:38 -0500
Subject: 	Funeral Elegy/ Shakespeare Wars

For the initials W.S., Bob Grumman might want to look at Patrick H. 
Martin and John Finnis, "Thomas Thorpe, 'W.S.', and the Catholic 
intelligencers," ELR 33:1 (2003, 3-43); Richard Abrams, "Meet the 
Peters," EMLS 8.2 (September, 2002): 6.1-39

[Editor's Note: "Meet the Peters" can be found at 
http://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/08-2/abrapete.html ]

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