Chaucers works edited by Skeat

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Common Scannos

  • "han" is frequently scanned as "ban" (and not the other way around, I don't think). Unfortunately, both are common verbs in this text, so it calls for careful reading. (submitted by Spooty)
  • 'lo' (ell) for 'Io' (capital Eye) as in loye for Ioye,
  • 'we' for 'wo'
  • Ha. for H2. in footnotes. (submitted by claybits)
  • om. is being scanned as on. (submitted by the Senior Gravedigger and Aria)
  • Middle English doesn't have 'j', and uses a capital 'I' to avoid confusion (back then) with a 'real' 'i'. The OCR then misscans the capital 'I' as lower case 'l'.
  • 'alle' virtually always has a phantom accent over the 'e'.
  • 'Criseyde' often has a dieresis ("umlaut") over the first 'e'. I don't know if this is correct or not; perhaps it's linked to the tense or sentence structure; but the PP should be aware. (submitted by the Senior Gravedigger) It's probably metrical, letting the name take up anything from two to four syllables. Modern usage calls for dieresis on the second vowel of a pair.

Special Characters

  • The character yogh (Ȝ for capital and ȝ for lowercase) should be proofed as [Gh] if capital or [gh] if lowercase. (Yogh was rendered as either 3 or j by the OCR software).
  • The thorn (Þ for capital and þ for lowercase) should be proofed by inserting these characters from the special character dropdown menu in the proofing interface. (Note that the capital Þ is listed first before the lowercase þ.) Near the bottom of 040.png, you can find a phrase using three lowercase thorns ("þe eyen of þe Iuge þat seeth").
  • A raised dot is used as an accent (as on this page). Use the middle dot (·), which you can find in the dropdown list, just after the paragraph mark.

Chaucer's Works (1 of 7) - Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems

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Chaucer's Works (2 of 7) - Boethius and Troilus {R}

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Notes from the Discussion Forum

Two-dot ellipses

As per PM's instruction on the forum, keep the two-dot ellipses (found on footnotes such as on 181.png).

Line-based footnotes

In August, 2005, the project manager stated and reiterated "Well, I do like the idea of marking the footnotes in the normal [Footnote ...:] style -- in general for line-based footnotes, not just for this project."

The Proofreading Guidelines on footnotes and Formatting Guidelines on footnotes indicate that the [Footnote #: and ] tags are to be added during the formatting rounds. In the proofreading rounds, it is enough to produce footnotes that look like the example from the project notes. But since this is a retread project, all of the footnotes are probably formatted already. According to yralih, proofreaders can leave them in.

Orphaned back ends of broken words

blah blah semeth to sighte with-oute-  20

with a footnote such as

[Footnote 20:Ed. A. semeth; C. slemeth(!). Ed. A. with-oute-forth; C. with-oute-forthe.]

In response to a discussion of what to do when a line in the numbered text consists solely of the back end of a word broken from the line above, post processor sesquipedalian said:

  • On a normal line, rejoin a broken word on the line where it started.
  • If doing that would leave the following line blank, put the rejoined word on the following line.
  • If putting the rejoined word on the following line causes a problem with a footnote (the word is now not on the line the footnote says it is on), "simply flag that number with a ** note."

Project Notes

This project was in PP at the cutover from the old 2-round system. It may contain formatting that was added in the old R rounds. Please proof and format the project to the current guidelines.

Proofers: Pay close attention to the manuscript abbreviations (e.g., Hl) in the textual notes at the bottom of each page. Scannos are most frequent here.

Formatters: Please format the textual notes at the bottom of the pages of Chaucer's text as follows: put all notes for a line number on a line. If two line numbers are separated with a comma, the note applies to both, so keep it together. Do not use [Footnote: ] markup or square brackets. Please put the punctuation for abbreviations inside the italics markup.

Formatted Example of textual notes:

318. a] E. on; Hl. in.
319, 320. E. Hn. freend, feend.
227. Hl. a; <i>rest om.</i>
330. E. Hn. Cm. tymes.
356. leef or] Cp. Pt. Ln. Hl. neuer so.
360. E. wheither.
COLOPHON. <i>So</i> E. Hn.

[But see the additional notes from the forum on this topic]

To the post-processor: An HTML edition of this is required. We don't yet have any set standards for HTML, although these are being developed. In the mean time, make sure that whatever you produce satisfied the following:

  • Please make sure that the HTML validates to at least XHTML 1.0 transitional.
  • Anchors should be made named 'pageXXX', enabling the reader to jump straight to a particular page.
  • If the project has an index, then this index should be formatted as a nested list, and the page numbers listed should be linked to the page anchors you've already created.
  • Edition and printing information should be retained.
  • Please check the list of images (follow the 'View Images Online' link on the post-processing page). Any illustrations will have been scanned in seperately in grayscale or colour, and will generally have been named imageXX.png. These images should be incorporated into the final HTML edition.

Chaucer's Works (3 of 7) - The House of Fame; The Legend of Good Women; The Treatise on the Astrolabe; The Sources of the Canterbury Tales

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Chaucer's Works (4 of 7) -- The Canterbury Tales (1894)

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Chaucer's Works (5 of 7) - Notes to the Canterbury Tales (2nd ed)

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Chaucer's Works (6 of 7) -- Introduction, Glossary, and Indexes (1894)

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Chaucer's Works (7 of 7) -- Chaucerian and Other Pieces (1897)

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