General Instructions We strongly recommend that you read all instructions before proceeding. You will find out how to load the necessary fonts, get around in the volume, and interpret the conventions used to display different aspects of the text.
The title pagethe first to come up when The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive CD is loadedincludes a table of contents comprising underlined hypertextual links which may be clicked to access the various sections of this volume. Click on the HTML browser you wish to use. That will call up a table of contents giving access to the preface and introductory materials as well as to the passus files.
Certain special characters (the yogh, punctus elevatus, some symbols in the phonetic alphabet, and so on) will not display with the standard fonts available on most computers. Before attempting to view the text, load the Junicode fonts provided on the CD onto your hard drive. This is necessary even if you previously loaded fonts from the first CD of The Piers Plowman Electronic Archive; additional special characters were required for this edition.
Open your CD drive in your directory. Locate the
file folder labeled "CD-ROM." Navigate to the folder named "Fonts." Click
once on "Fonts," highlight the Junicode fonts, and drag them into a file
folder also named "Fonts" within the "Windows" file folder, which usually
appears on the C: drive. You will then need to edit the Preferences for
your browser to instruct it to use the Junicode font. Consult your
Windows 3.1 manual for instructions. The special characters will
display correctly the next time the disk is loaded.
The files with an "htm" or "html" extensions lack structural markup. For example, when your screen reads "Oon highte Austyn" in a passus file, the underlying "sgm" text reads "Oon highte <HI rend="bastard anglicana">Austyn</HI>," thus identifying the shift in the style of the script. The HTML files, on the other hand, will have in this instance only the display markup <HI REND="it">. The SGML markup enables searches for paleographic features such as this shift of script from Anglicana Formata to Bastard Anglicana.or for words and phrases as well as for lexical, textual, codicological, and other features.
In place of the customized presentations of four different aspects of the text in Multidoc Pro through the use of style sheets we offer only three different views of the edited text in HTML. These views, labelled "Scribal," "Critical," and "AllTags," may be selected from the underlined words in the top left corner at the head of each passus file. For the differences among these views, see Presentation of Text: Style Sheets.
These conventions will not always display the actual textual situation. We attempt to represent all significant physical features of the manuscript text with SGML tags. In display, however, not all of those features will necessarily appear. In some cases, the limitation lies in the simple absence of a feature in the software. We cannot, for example, represent colored underlining with a colored line under the text; nor can we indicate when portions of text are marked with a colored box. Text surrounded in the manuscript inside red boxes is presented in red ink against a wheat colored background.We can represent the line or box but not its actual color.
1(c) Codicological note
2(p) Paleographic note
3(l) Lexical or linguistic note
4 Textual note
Digital images in the Introduction and WAbbrev file may be summoned by clicking once on icons like this one . The window should be closed after use by clicking on the "x" in the top right corner to avoid accumulation of multiple screens. Within the passus files, click on the underlined word "fol." at the top of each leaf to call up the facsimile page.This documentary edition is the second in a planned series of combined diplomatic transcriptions and color facsimile editions of every manuscript and early printed text of Piers Plowman. The editors will be grateful for readers' suggestions and corrections. We have established the following web site to which users may send corrections, comments, or suggestions: http://www.iath.virginia.edu/seenet/piers/FAQ.html As a base of frequently-asked-questions comes into existence, we will post them and our responses on the SEENET site.