LINGUIST List 15.628

Tue Feb 17 2004

Software: Versioning Machine 2.0

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  1. Susan Schreibman, Versioning Machine 2.0

Message 1: Versioning Machine 2.0

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 14:04:36 -0500 (EST)
From: Susan Schreibman <>
Subject: Versioning Machine 2.0

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is
delighted to announce the 2.0 release of the Versioning Machine

The Versioning Machine is software tool designed by a team of
programmers, designers, and literary scholars for displaying and
comparing multiple versions of texts. The display environment seeks
not only to provide for features traditionally found in codex-based
critical editions, such as annotation and introductory material, but
to take advantage of opportunities of electronic publishing, such as
providing a frame to compare diplomatic versions of witnesses side by
side, allowing for manipulatable images of the witness to be viewed
alongside the diplomatic edition, and providing users with an enhanced
typology of notes.

VM 2.0 has significant improvements over the previous
release. Previously it was only possible to encode texts according to
TEI's parallel segmentation method. It is now possible to encode each
witness as a separate document instance. However, not all of the VM's
features work using this method.

VM 2.0 also has enhanced image display features. Previously it was
only possible to view one image at a time. The Image applet now allows
users to view all the images in a witness set together. In addition,
all VM features now work in Netscape 7.0 for PC. And lastly, we have
provided users with a VM Installer based on lzPack to make the
installation process easier.

We welcome your comments and feedback on this product
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