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Transcribing latin reader

Postby Hampie » Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:21 am

Since I have so many other things I should be doing, I though «Why not spend the night transcribing books?» and so I did. I found a cute little PD reader at edonelly’s list, and begun fixing the HTML-markup some needed javascript and a beautiful CSS-style (imo!). This is what I’ve been able to do so far: http://hampie.se/latin/ The book is this one.

What do you think? The apieses are there because a) I like it more than macrons and b) because it’s very much easier to type than a macron (no need to switch keyboard layout) and c) because it can easily be replaced with macrons with a simple search-and-replace.

I’ve come to realise that book transcribing is quite meditative. It’s calming, yet one (hopefully) learns one or two things whilst doing it.
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Re: Transcribing latin reader

Postby spiphany » Thu Jul 15, 2010 6:18 am

What you have looks lovely! (And waaay beyond my skills at formatting)
The first two semesters of intermediate Greek (i.e., reading courses, not grammar courses) I wrote out by hand all the assigned passages in a notebook with plenty of space around the text for my notes. I found this useful; the physical act of transcribing the text forces you to focus on it in a special way & can help it "stick", I think. And as you say there's something meditative about it...

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ARKAS: Und dir ist fremd das Vaterland geworden.
IPHIGENIE: Das ist's, warum mein blutend Herz nicht heilt.
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Re: Transcribing latin reader

Postby adrianus » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:23 am

Very nicely done, Hampie. Bravo.
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Re: Transcribing latin reader

Postby loqu » Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:27 am

This is great! Thanks, Hampie !
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Re: Transcribing latin reader

Postby Gregarius » Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:55 pm

This is very nice work. I like the layout -- I find it much easier to read longer Latin sentences on a wider screen/page, than in the very narrow layout of those old books. One friendly comment/request -- the footnotes are a bit hard to read in their small font. For longer passages, I find it distracting to scan all the way down to the bottom of a page and back again when reading the glosses/footnotes. Is it possible to arrange the glosses as side notes or perhaps tooltips?

Thanks again for your good work here.
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