The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1911  Monday, 21 November 2005

From: 		Michael Best <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Saturday, 19 Nov 2005 10:06:21 -0800
Subject: 	New Internet Shakespeare Editions Website

Shaksper-ians will be pleased to hear that the Internet Shakespeare 
Editions has just launched a completely redesigned website, with some 
significant enhancements. The address remains the same: ise.uvic.ca.

Apart from improved navigation and a new look -- one which reflects the 
increased capacity of the Web to display images and text attractively -- 
there are two major new resources. Our database of Shakespeare in 
Performance is now a reality, and we have a growing library of 
easily-browsed facsimiles of the early editions of the plays.

Shakespeare in Performance provides comprehensive information about 
Shakespeare on film. Thanks to the generosity of Kenneth Rothwell, we 
have put online all the information in his work Shakespeare on Screen: 
An International Filmography and Videography. This has been updated by 
Tanya Gough and Jose Ramon Diaz Fernandez. We have also begun the 
process of digitizing performance materials from a wonderful range of 
productions of Shakespeare, beginning with North America. We are 
including such items as prompt books, costume designs, and programs, and 
will be adding reviews and other kinds of materials as they become 
available (and as our research assistants have time).

Another major new feature is our growing library of facsimiles of each 
play. We have images of Folios 1, 2, 3, and 4 from the State Library of 
New South Wales, and will be adding an additional First Folio soon; 
thanks to the generosity of the British Library, we will be able to add 
all the significant quartos, some of which are already in our database. 
One unusual tool we provide is the capacity to search on the 
old-spelling text to find pages in the facsimiles where a word or phrase 
occurs. (We will soon be able to add to this the rather nice feature of 
"fuzzy" searching, so that the computer will find most variants of 
old-spelling words, even if the user types in modern spelling.)

Each play now has a home page that collects information about it from 
across the site: the available electronic texts (Quarto, Folio, 
Modern-spelling, etc.), the facsimiles (ditto), productions and films on 
the play, references to it in the section of the site on Shakespeare's 
Life and Times, and links to other sites on the Web that refer to the 
play. The first of our fully-edited texts are beginning to appear, and 
we are experimenting with ways of displaying them most effectively. We 
now have twenty two distinguished editors under contract; the texts are 
being completely re-edited and re-imagined for the electronic medium.

A technical note. The original site was largely made up of individually 
developed pages, many going back to the early days of the Web (way back 
in 1996!). The new site is almost completely created "on the fly" from 
databases. The advantage is that navigation across the site is more 
unified, new content can be added quickly and easily, and searching is 
more sophisticated.

The site has already had some "usability" testing, but we welcome 
comments and observations. Please feel free to reply off-list to 
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