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2008/1/5, Paul Bartlett <[log in to unmask]>:
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> On Thu, 3 Jan 2008, li_sasxsek wrote:
>
> > > [mailto:AUXLANG@...] On Behalf Of Paul Bartlett
> >
> > > Whether materials of this sort can be salvaged, at least in the USA, I
> > > would say is doubtful, as I presume that there is limited money and
> low
> > > priority for conIALs. This is a shame. Although I have no illusions
> > > about it making any kind of comeback, original Interlingua/LsF is my
> > > personal favorite.
> >
> > It's pretty well known I don't support these for WAL usage, but
> > they are still nice linguistic designs, and a piece of conlang
> > history. Has anyone at least made an effort to scan the
> > materials to preserve them electronically? I know there are
> > efforts like Project Gutenberg to digitize older works that are
> > now public domain. I'd like to see some of these in PDF form if
> > they become available.
>
> Some of the materials might not even survive scanning.  One of the bound
> volumes had an untrimmed signature.  When I took it to a librarian to
> have the signature slit open, she asked if I was trying to photocopy it.
> I said that I was not, and she replied "Good."  I fear that some of these
> sorts of materials are going to be lost unless someone would actually
> transcribe them by hand before the pages disintegrate entirely, although
> it might be possible to take literal photographs of some of the pages
> without opening them completely and then scan the photos.  That would
> make for a poor copy though, as the type would be at an angle.  (And in
> a library such as the Library of Congress, with its restrictions, that
> would probably be a first class major undertaking, to say nothing of the
> sheer volume of material in LsF.)  Also, there is the question whether
> these materials are actually in the public domain, given that many
> western countries keep extending and extending and extending the duration
> of copyrights.
>
> --
> Paul Bartlett
>

How long do you think it would take for a single person to transcribe the
whole thing by hand? Are you allowed to take computers into the library for
this purpose?

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