Having spent much time with heavily annotated long poems of the 18th- and 19th-c. by the likes of Erasmus Darwin and Robert Southey ( whose very annotations I was just talking about last week at our conference in Evanston), I am aware of how long and complicated these can become--Sometimes whole poems are written out in long footnotes, and quite frequently we see block-level structures, yes. I am not really happy with the common tendency to push annotations to the ends of documents, particularly when they were originally presented so the eye would move across or down a page to a layer of paratext. This may sound awfully unsightly to the e-reader aesthetic, but there is something to be said for having the web interface preserve the positioning of notes embedded within and immediately accessible from the lines of poetry or chunks of prose text in which they're signaled. I don't much like the idea of HTML's losing this simple association of proximity--it seems like caving to convenience and worse, pushing a layer of paratext away from its point of association. But I may just be obsessed with note-heavy Bob Southey.
And it was wonderful to meet many of you in person last week!
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On Oct 29, 2014, at 12:41 PM, Sebastian Rahtz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On 29 Oct 2014, at 15:24, Martin Mueller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I need to have a look at more examples. Paul Schaffner probably has all
>> the cases in his head. But my hunch, to be confirmed by trawling through a
>> sample of the TCP corpus, is that very few marginal notes have internal
>> block-level components.
> You may be surprised. I can detect 28504 occurrences in 2448 texts from the 61k texts
> in EEBO/ECCO/Evans. That’s occurring in 1 out 28 books, then.
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