[Humanist] 26.557 Folger Digital Texts

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Dec 8 17:01:12 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 557.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 07:16:40 +1000
        From: Desmond Schmidt <desmond.allan.schmidt at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.555 Folger Digital Texts
        In-Reply-To: <20121207064043.639912D9C at digitalhumanities.org>

I did download some of the texts.They appear to be marked up for
linguistic analysis. I don't wish to criticise the Folger texts per
se, but they do lead me to reflect in general on what the digital
humanities have become. Is our Shakespeare (and everything else)
really preserved for future generations in forms like this, or is it
not now mostly a collection of angle-brackets? One of the advantages
of XML has always been its supposed human readability, but the gradual
increase in complexity over the years has now reached a point where
the plain text format is self-defeating. When even a single line of a
play has to be stitched together by virtually joining individually
marked-up words how can we any longer pretend that XML is readable by
humans? We might as well use a standard binary format.

Desmond Schmidt
eResearch Lab
University of Queensland

On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 4:40 PM, Humanist Discussion Group
<willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:
>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 555.
>             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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> Folger Digital Texts
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> The Folger is delighted to announce the launch of Folger Digital Texts. These are reliable, expertly edited, and free digital Shakespeare texts for use by researchers. Starting from the Folger Editions of Shakespeare's works edited by Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine, Folger Digital Texts uses XML to create a highly articulate indexing system. Researchers can read the plays online, download PDFs for offline reading, search a play or the whole corpus, navigate by act, scene, line, or the new Folger Throughline Numbers. In short, every word, space, and piece of punctuation has its own place online. Twelve plays are currently available, and the remainder of the works and poems will be released throughout 2013.
> The XML-coded files are offered as a free download for noncommercial use by scholars and can be used as the groundwork for digital Shakespeare research projects, app development, and other projects.
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