PPEA FAQs and Errata
&yogh; etc. Displaying Instead of the Characters Themselves | ACDSee nag screen | CD Will Not Start Automatically | How to Purchase Higher Quality ImagesThan Those Available on Disk | Increasing Font Size | Location of Fonts Directory for Displaying Special Characters | Peppery Leaves in the MSS | Registration Instructions
1) I just got the Piers CD a few days ago and am playing with it, and I keep running up against a nag screen that the image viewer ACDSee wants me to register. Since I'm running off the CD, there's no point in registering, so either I'm doing something wrong or maybe something else is happening.
You can avoid the nagging by registering the program on each computer on which you use the CD. Registration numbers and instructions are given in the ReadMe file. See question 5 below.
Download Peter Baker's Junius fonts on each of the computers on which you use the CD. Instructions are given in the ReadMe file for downloading the fonts from the CD to your Windows/Fonts directory. Similar instructions are also given for MAC users.
The black spots are the hair follicles. The preparation of the vellum for writing in this manuscript was uneven, and on most openings you will be able to distinguish hair side from the flesh side.
4) The paper insert in the disk, and the preliminary instructions, suggested that I drag and drop the *.ttf font info from the CD's Font directory onto my C:/Windows/Fonts directory. I think I found some sort of Fonts directory on the CD, by fiddling with Open under the File menu, but could find nothing about *.ttf files there. So I don't know how to find these files. Further, I don't know how to find the fonts directory on my C drive, if that's what I'm supposed to do. I think I know what drag and drop means, but I don't know how to drag something from a CD and drop it somewhere on my hard drive. What do you do--split windows?
No. Open your CD drive in Exploring using Windows Explorer or by clicking on "My Computer," often located in the top left corner of the desktop screen. Locate the file folder labeled "CD-ROM." Navigate to the folder named "Fonts." Click once on "Fonts," highlight the entire contents, and drag them into a file folder also named "Fonts" within the "Windows" file folder, which usually appears on the C: drive. The special characters will display correctly the next time the disk is loaded. You will need to perform this procedure only once for each computer on which you wish to view the Archive.
5) Another bit of a frustration: I tried to "Register" after the machine told me to, after I had looked at 3 (not 5) images. It is not clear to me whether this registration means that I will be paying someone something--if so, the disk advertising might mention that there is a supplemental charge. If not, why register? I tried to register calling the phone number given in the "Registration" window (800-414-2237), and reached 3 different people, as they forwarded my call, at ACDSee. None of them knew what I was talking about, knew nothing of the CD, Piers Archive, U of Mich Press, etc. I then tried clicking on the www address to register online, and arrived at ACDSee web site. But I could not figure out, with 1/2 hour efforts, how to register myself in connection with this CD.
Follow the directions in "Instructions for First Time Users" literally. That is, first click on "Register now" and then enter "University of Michigan Press" in the first box and the number supplied in the "Instructions for First Time Users" in the second box. That registers the ACDSee for use on that machine. You'll need to repeat that for every computer you run the disk on, just as you'll have to do it for the fonts on each different machine, but you don't need to register with the folk at ACDSystems.
Yes. Though you cannot change the font on the text on the CD, you can change display settings in Windows to get larger font display. Left click on the Start icon in the lower left corner of your screen, and then successively click on "Settings," "Control Panel," "Display" and then the "Settings" tab in the "Display Properties" window. Click on "Advanced" and then under the "General" tab click on "Large Fonts" in the "Font Size" window.
Large jpeg images of the entire manuscript are available from the Early Manuscripts at Oxford University online collection. You should write to the Librarian, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for permission to reproduce any of the images.
This is an operating system problem, rather than a problem with the CD itself. You must set your operating system to "autorun" or "autoplay" CDs. Information on how to do this in the Windows environment is available on the following Microsoft Support and Knowledge Base web pages:
Since Microsoft frequently moves or changes the filenames of documentation on these sites--but changes documentation titles and content less often--you can use keywords from the titles above to search for any updated links to these support pages in the Microsoft Support or Knowledge Base, should you find that the pages have been moved.
If you are using one of the disks that is compatible with the Macintosh environment, you may need either to enable AutoStart, or to upgrade to Quicktime 2.0 or higher.
1) We have encountered the following problem with displaying textual notes in the Critical style sheet: in lines with <FOREIGN> tagging, any textual note appearing within the foreign text is marked with the red "C" icon that usually indicates a codicological note. The defect is in the style sheet and affects only display. A context search for the element "NOTE" and the attribute TYPE="textual" produces all textual notes.
The erroneous codicological icons appear at 1.129 (2x), 131; 5.279; 6.276; 7.71, 211, 259 (2x), 270, 459; 8.117, 285, 317; 9.150, 331, 335, 412; 10.40, 53, 68, 525 (2x), 611 (2x), 692, 784; 11.70, 131 (3x), 334, 361, 503, 533; 13.365, 374; 14.351, 429; and 16.255.
2) Another problem with display in the Critical style sheet involves a handful of textual notes in which groups of two or more lines lost in the alpha family are given. In both the Scribal and AllTags style sheets these lines appear as we intended as lines of verse. However, in the Critical Style sheet, we failed to activate the <LB> (= line break) tag, and the lines of poetry are printed as prose, though with capitalized line-initial letters. Any reader who wishes to read the lines printed as poetry should switch to the Scribal or AllTags style sheet.
We are grateful to Anne Middleton for calling this defect to our attention.
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