Have you tried IBabble from UV's IATH project? I know that multiple
windows is one of its forte's:
IBabble: A Synoptic Unicode Browser
Version 1.1.2 available for download now
IBabble, under development by Robert Bingler at the
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, is an
SGML-capable synoptic text tool that can display multiple
texts in parallel windows. It uses Unicode, an ISO 16-bit character
set standard, which allows multilingual texts, using mixed
character sets, to be displayed simultaneously. IBabble also allows
users to search for strings in text or in tags, and to link
open texts for scrolling and searching. More information and
download available here.
John Robert Gardner, Ph.D.
The University of Iowa
We are spiritual beings, having a human experience.
On Wed, 5 May 1999, Edward Vanhoutte wrote:
> Dear all,
> In trying to help an academic community understand the advantages of a
> certain methodology or technology, there's nothing better than to state
> one's case with convincing evidence, i.e. the results of a
> pilot-project. The thing I'm trying to do is to help the academic
> community in Belgium and the Netherlands understand that SGML-TEI is a
> valuable encoding scheme for the production of electronic scholarly
> editions. In order to do so, the academic community has to be provided
> with a convincing e-edition which does what they want it to do, or to
> put it in C. M. Sperberg-McQueen's words (Humanist 12.0608)
> >>They [TEI & XML] are merely good ways of helping make it
> >>possible to *mark up* what you care about, in order to make software
> >>do what you want it to do.
> As for the markup, TEI (Lite) provides me with all the markup facilities
> I need. As for the software side, I'm in deep trouble. There does not
> seem to be an adequate display mechanism which can convince the academic
> community that what I have been doing (on a full time basis) for the
> last one and a half year isn't just a loss of money. Patrick Durusau
> (Humanist 12.0608) puts it this way:
> >>...I can report from personal experience that it is easier to
> demonstrate the
> >>utility of TEI encoding if I have a display mechanism for the encoded
> >>text. Linguistic corpora experts have the computer background to
> >>appreciate encoding schemes while textual critics usually do not.
> The electronic edition I'm working on will make available the full text
> of the pre-publication of the novel, the first edition and the second
> edition, and digital facsimiles both of the complete manuscript and the
> author's corrected versions of the pre-publication which were used to
> typeset the first edition, and of the first edition from which the
> second edition was typeset. In parallel with the textual facsimiles, the
> editon will provide a glossary of the text of the first edition, a
> selection of 70 letters between the author and his publishers, and a
> couple of explanatory and genetic articles.
> All the versions of the text will be linked at the paragraph level to
> each other and to the digital facsimiles of the different documents, in
> order to provide the user of the edition with a tool to understand the
> genesis of the text.
> The problem now is that no browser I know of (Panopro, Multidoc) has the
> ability to show all of the versions in different windows on the screen
> when requested for. Trials with the CORRESP attribute to the <P> element
> resulted in the browser jumping to the corresponding paragraphs in both
> the other versions of the text, but what I really want is for the
> browser to open a new window in which the corresonding texts can be
> Does anyone have an idea of how this can be achieved in a scholarly
> integral way, for a demo in which I put the corresponding paragraphs in
> a nested notes architecture resulted exactly in what I wanted, but the
> result is mere 'bricollage'. If it proves to be impossible, I think
> text encoding is a lost cause for the potential dense use it could have
> in textual criticism and the publication of electronic scholarly
> Edward Vanhoutte
> Head of the Office for Textual Criticism and Document Studies, Belgium.
> The Electronic Streuvels Project.