[Humanist] 26.607 text-comparison software

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Thu Dec 20 10:24:27 CET 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 607.
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  [1]   From:    Markus Wust <mgwust at ncsu.edu>                              (6)
        Subject: Re:  26.603 text-comparison software

  [2]   From:    Andrew Stauffer <amstauff at gmail.com>                     (112)
        Subject: Re:  26.603 text-comparison software


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        Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:39:50 -0500
        From: Markus Wust <mgwust at ncsu.edu>
        Subject: Re:  26.603 text-comparison software
        In-Reply-To: <20121219065529.35EE82DF3 at digitalhumanities.org>

One tool I like for getting a quick overview of differences between
two or three text-based documents is Meld (http://meldmerge.org/),
which is available for Linux/Unix systems.

Markus Wust
Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian
North Carolina State University Libraries



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        Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:32:47 -0500
        From: Andrew Stauffer <amstauff at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.603 text-comparison software
        In-Reply-To: <20121219065529.35EE82DF3 at digitalhumanities.org>


Just a note to expand on Daniel Allington's mention of Juxta:  NINES has
recently released a beta version of Juxta Commons (http://juxtacommons.org),
a fully-online version of the Juxta collation tool.  This is meant
eventually to replace the desktop version.

Using Juxta Commons, you can upload or link to txt or xml files or
webpages, and create comparison sets that can be visualized in multiple
ways and shared with others via stable URLs.  Juxta Commons can take in and
export files marked in TEI parallel segmentation.

For example, here is a collation of the two versions of Percy Shelley's
satirical ballad "The Devil's Walk" (taken from the Romantic Circles
edition), presented via Juxta Commons:
http://www.juxtacommons.org/shares/zhCeeg
Click on the little icons under the title to see the various
visualizations: heatmap, side-by-side, and histogram.

Please send me any feedback or questions: I would love to see some
interesting collations created by members of this list --- and, for you
eager ones, we are currently running a contest for the most-viewed
comparison set:
http://www.juxtasoftware.org/juxta-commons-sharing-competition

Andy

Andrew Stauffer
Department of English
University of Virginia





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