Just look what we’ve done!
Transcribers in our 2021 Revealing Recipes event produced over 300 pages of manuscript transcriptions, according to FromthePage’s statistics. It took 170 of us, but we made our way through every page of the Sedley and Ayscough manuscripts, and we made real progress on the Fanshawe as well!
We’ll have more news about our progress soon, but we couldn’t wait to share these numbers. Thanks so much to all those who joined in this collaborative effort!
Another transcribathon comes to an end… Thank you to everyone who participated. And thank you to the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Royal College of Physicians Museum, and the Wellcome Collection who partnered with us for this event.
We had lots of fun and hope you did, too.
Although the Zoom room is now closed and we’ve left Twitter for the night, we could see lots of people still transcribing. That’s amazing! If you are still going, then you’ll find that Fanshawe has space still–and it’s a joy of a manuscript.
You’re all wonderful!
All the pages in the Ayscough and Sedley manuscripts have been claimed, but we have more! We’ve added a tab for the Fanshawe manuscript in our Google Sheet.
Just follow the instructions in your Getting Started with Transcription tab. They’ll apply for working with the Fanshawe as well!
Mac Issues with Google Docs
A few people have indicated problems using Google Docs from their Macs. Safari and Google Docs often don’t work well together, so changing the Browser to Chrome may help. You might also log into your Google account to see if that helps. If staying in Safari, pulling it to the side of the window and making it bigger might help. Do let us know if you are still having trouble!
Finding Lady Ayscough Pages
Be sure to use Google Docs to enter FromthePage with this manuscript in particular. If you click on the page number, it will take you right to the page. We are aware that on FromthePage, the pages look to be just hyphens on the left hand side. But if you look to the upper right hand side, you can see the page number listed there. e.g. ‘Page 32 of 134’.
Kim Connor asks: ‘I’m trying to expand a ‘ye’ but when I use the button to tag it I get <expan abbr=””>th</expan>e. The abbr=”” bit isn’t in the example page. Do I just leave it?’
The consensus, as @RCPMuseum just confirmed is: ‘just ignore the additional abbr=”” in the tag. It’s used by some other projects, but not for this one. You can leave it where it is or delete it out. Probably easier just to leave it and skip past.”
There are hot keys to mark unclear text, insertions, and such at the top of the transcribing box. But if you want to work with more codes, please see our FAQ — both the Folgerpedia and Liza Blake’s cheat sheet offer some easy tips!
Thanks so much for coming, Transcribers! We’re so glad you could join us.
Then let’s get transcribing!