Glossary of XML Buttons

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Text of the Manuscript as viewed:

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  • ex = for expanded text in common abbreviations, shows as italics (Item)
  • del = for cancelled (i.e., crossed out) text (strikethrough)
  • ins = for intralineal insertion text, often written above crossed out text (green)
  • gap = for a gap in transcription, illegible letters replaced by periods (…)
  • unc = for uncertain text (transcriber enters best guess) (unclear)
  • mrk = for notational mark (e.g., manicule, etc.), include one-word description of mark, strive for consistency (manicule)
  • img = for image/illustration (e.g., drawing), include one-word description of image, strive for consistency (drawing)


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  • ? = shows help screen
  • <xml> = shows text with xml tags in angle brackets
  • HTML = default view (in the <xml> view, shows text with editor effects)
  • Save = saves changes
  • Done = indicates transcription/encoding of page is complete

Layout/Non-textual Elements:

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  • pb = for two or more pages in one image (page break) (3r)
  • cw = catchword, word or words repeated on bottom of page/top of next page
  • hd = for obvious headings (Cooking with Clarified Butter)
  • lbl = for labels in the margins (For a toothe-ache)
  • ps = for postscript text in letters (Do not forgetteth to write)
  • opn = for text of opening in letters (To my most lovinge husband)
  • cls = for text of closing in letters (Your most dejected servant,)
  • add = for added text by booksellers, etc. (only for additions obviously made much later) (V.a.110)
  • note = for note at the end of the text file (Transcribed by W. Shakespeare.)


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  • nm = for proper names (non-fictional) (Queen Elizabeth)
  • pl = for identified places (Stratford-on-Avon)
  • amt = for specific monetary amounts (include numeral and currency symbol) (iii s v d)

Semi-Diplomatic Transcription:

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  • ^ = for superscript text, not interlineal insertions, that should remain superscript to understand the meaning, such as with certain numbers (iiijxx meaning four score)
  • \^/ = for superscript text to be lowered as per semi-diplomatic convention (January)
  • ~ = macron (¯) or tilde(~), for letters such as “ñ”, following letter should be expanded (running for ruñing)
  • y/th = for thorn letter (looks like “y”), transcribed as “th” (ye = the)
  • <es> = for “es” graph (chyldes)
  • <er> = for “er” graph (transcribed as “er,” or ar/or/re) (peter)
  • <p> = for special “p” graph, following two letters should be expanded text, “pre,” “pro,” “par,” or “per” (partie)
  • ye = transcribed as “the” (the)
  • yt = transcribed as “that” (that)
  • yr = transcribed as “your” (your)
  • wth = transcribed as “with” (with)
  • wch = transcribed as “which” (which)

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