Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 36. Thursday, 13 Feb 1992.
	[I reproduce the following item, which may be of interest to
	SHAKSPEReans, from Ficino, 12 February 1992. -- k.s.]
[My thanks to Dr. Robinson for providing this description of his
program. --WM]
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 92 8:46 GMT
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Description of <i>Collate<\i>:
<i>Collate<\i> aims to help scholars in the preparation of a critical
edition based on many manuscripts. It can collate simultaneously
up to a hundred texts; it  can deal with richly marked-up
texts (with special treatment for editorial comments embedded in the text,
location markers and collation of punctuation); it provides
powerful facilities for user adjustment of the collation; and it can
output in many different formats.
<i>Collate<\i> works interactively with the collation being written
to a window as the scholar watches. The scholar may intervene at
any point to alter the collation, using either of the tools "Set
Variant" or "Regularise". "Set Variant" allows the scholar to
over-rule the collation offered by <i>Collate<\i> and impose his own
collation, even writing a variant that does not appear in the MSS into the
collation. "Regularise" enables the scholar to intervene in the collation to
regularise any word or phrase in any MS at any point.
<i>Collate<\i> will save a record of all variants set and every
regularisation made and remember them next time it runs.
The collation may be output in various critical apparatus forms
(including several TEI recommended formats), or scholars may
dictate their own format. Through an interface to the EDMAC
macros, developed for the production of complex critical editions
with TeX, editions with up to five levels of apparatus can be
created direct from the output. Automatic generation of hypertext
electronic editions from the output is also possible.
(Note that the program is written for, and runs only on, Macintosh computers.)
<i>Collate<\i> is available from:
Dr Peter Robinson
Computers and Manuscripts Project
 Oxford University Computing Service
13 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN
UK  (phone 0865 273200, fax 273275, EMAIL PETERR&UK.AC.OX.VAX).
A charge of 20 pounds UK, 40 dollars US is made to cover distribution costs,
including postage, manuals and subscription to a <i>Collate<\i> newsletter.
Cheques in pounds should be drawn on a British bank. The charge includes
free upgrades up to September 1992. A demonstration disc of the program
is also available, free, on request to the above address.

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