New features in Letters and Texts

My super great team has been working on improving our digital edition. What we have implemented or are implementing as I write this is:

  • a new magnifying tool which helps localize the magnified part of the manuscript better
  • a standardization of the images width with a standard of 2000 pixels, which still provides for a high quality scan when you download it (which you can do by clicking on the image, while the magnifying happens by solely passing the mouse on it), but reduces the downloading time for some of the manuscripts that were originally available for download in a much higher resolution
  • a pointer to hyperlinks within the edition, as for instance in this Boeckh manuscript, when you click on the highlighted  § 9 Nr 2.3
  • marginal vertical highlighting, often a mark in red or in pencil (<hi rend=”mark”>) is now being rendered by a light pink/red underlying of the whole highlighted zone – see for instance in this letter by Tieck
  • another problem we never had a clean solution for so far was when several persons were evoked at once (“my daughters”, “your family”, etc.). Until now, we had to tediously add a note to write out and tag each one of the persons subsumed under the group. Now it suffices to click on the group (if you can see that it has an hyperlink), and the names appear in a pop-up. This is the case in the same letter by Tieck in which he mentions “my daughters” towards the end of next to last paragraph.

We currently have in the pipeline for September: a new concept for the home page, completing the missing presentation texts, refining and enriching the index of persons. When this overall beauty treatment is completed, you will be able to enjoy it with even more corpora online from October on!

Cite this blog post
Anne Baillot (2014, August 14). New features in Letters and Texts. Digital Intellectuals. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from

Anne Baillot

I am a Professor of German Studies at Le Mans Université. My areas of research include German literature, Digital Humanities, textual scholarship and intellectual history.

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