Once More Unto the Breach, Dear Friends

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By Eric Loy

Manuscript image of William Blake's the Four Zoas.

We’ve blogged a few times about our progress with the Four Zoas encoding project, mostly recounting our efforts to develop a more flexible and dynamic schema as well as create an experimental display that takes advantage of our new XML elements. This progress has been slow but steady, and after a rigorous round of development focusing on a single difficult object, we’re ready to test our work across more objects and expand the schema to incorporate more textual features.

So as a theatrical monarch once said, “once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.” Except, I can promise it will be more than just once.

Old Manuscript, New Tricks

With the dual goals of testing and expansion in mind, I chose Object 11 as my next encoding task. Here’s the color-corrected compressed image (click to enlarge):

Object 11 features a relatively clean surface layer with a few tricky revisionary layers that our element was designed to address. (Check out that mess near the bottom of the page.) Object 11 also gently introduces some new textual features that will require new tags.

First, and most notably, the manuscript contains a large block of text written vertically in the right margin. Laura …read more

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