Hover or tap in the left-hand margin to bring up the navigation panel and select your item(s).
The top-left panel accommodates information about the project; information on selected items is found top-right.
To make optimal use of screen real estate, navigation and information panels are hidden by default. To access the navigation menu using a mouse interface, hover your mouse cursor near the left edge of the browser window. With a touch interface, tap in the lower 20% of the left-hand edge. Similar actions in the left-hand and right-hand halves of the top margin bring up information panels.
The website identifies manuscript items (to use a less loaded term than “texts,” “redactions,” “versions,” or “witnesses”) using a numerical (sometimes alphanumerical) reference consisting of Ker’s manuscript index (i.e. ordered alphabetically by location, repository, collection, and numerically by manuscript number and item) and article number within the manuscript, separated by a dot. (N. R. Ker, Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon. Oxford: Clarendon, 1957.) Thus 394.26 is the manuscript numbered 394 by Ker (i.e. the Vercelli Book), 26th article by Ker’s count. Please note that Ker’s count includes non-homiletic items: thus 394.26 is Vercelli homily XXI, not XXVI. Manuscripts and fragments not in Ker’s Catalogue are given existing index numbers with a new suffix “x,” “y,” or “z” and a sequential article number, or alphabetical designation in case of a shorter fragment, mimicking Ker’s alpha-numerical sorting principle: thus Westminster Muniment 67209 has the reference 284x.a.
Because we cannot expect our users to learn Ker’s manuscript index by heart, the navigation panel and item headings furthermore include short call numbers such as “CCCC 201” or “Hatton 114.” The full call number can always be found in the topright information panel once an item has been selected.
Once one or more items have been selected, activating item view, the following features aid in navigation and comparison:
In its public alpha stage, this website offers only such texts and functionality as are deemed ready for public trial. Even so, the facility is under constant development, and imperfections are inevitable. We ask for your patience with any of the more obvious shortcomings and temporary outages, though you may certainly address observations and suggestions to Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant No 772744).