background image
he main tools originally developed
under the Electronic Boethius project
include a ScripText environment for inte-
grating images and text; a Glossary Tool
for building comprehensive glossaries from
an XML text file; a Tagger for inserting
XML markup, based on the images, in the
text file; a DucType tool for paleographi-
cal description, analysis, and encoding; and
an OverLay tool for comparing and encod-
ing multiple images of a folio taken under
different lighting conditions. Although
first developed in the Electronic Editions
Environment (E3), the tools held a some-
what precarious existence as independent,
stand-alone programs. Under ARCHway
the reprogrammed tools now form the
basic editing toolkit for the EPT. We are
continually developing new tools under
both projects and integrating them into the
EPT. An editor can organise these tools in
any desirable combination, called `perspec-
tives' (see Figure 3), to suit different editing
and administrative tasks.
he editor can save perspectives and
navigate between different perspec-
tives, to perform any number of editorial
and administrative tasks in the same project
(see Figure 4).
o keep the EPT as adaptable, exten-
sible and interoperable as possible,
ARCHway is using in its testbed three
important manuscripts from the British
Library, Beowulf, Alfred the Great's Old
English translation of Boethius's
of Philosophy, and AElfric's Lives of Saints.
One by one and as a group these fire-dam-
aged manuscripts49 present editors with
widely different editing problems and com-
puter scientists with equally challenging
technical problems. The Electronic Beowulf
at once serves as our guide for a fully func-
tioning image-based electronic edition
(see Figure 5) and as a `legacy document'
we expect the EPT to transform in the
course of time.
hile we are creating the EPT for
editing Old English manuscripts,
the ARCHway project has as its long-term
goal the general purpose of contributing
ideas and practical solutions for preserving
and propagating any hand-written mate-
rials from the vast and varied heritage of
world culture. We believe that ARCHway's
EPT architecture for building image-based
electronic editions is an effective model for
achieving these ends.
Fig. 3 - OverLay perspective with xTagger and Statistics tools
Fig. 4 - ImagText perspective with xTagger and Glossary tools
Fig. 5 - Electronic Beowulf with image, text, glossary, textual note, and
search facility
49 Andrew Prescott, `Their Present Miserable State of
Cremation': the Restoration of the Cotton Library. Sir
Robert Cotton as Collector: Essays on an Early Stuart Courtier
and His Legacy, C. J. Wright, ed. London: British Library
Publications, 1997, pp. 391-454.