Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Demonstration Video of T-PEN's Transcription UI

Over the last few months, the T-PEN team has re-fashioned the core UI of the application. Instead of presenting the user with a number of manuscripts lines split up and each having their own text box, there is now just one text box. It floats over the image of the manuscript page, and as the user moves to the next line, so does the transcription box. We've also added new transcription aids: a Latin Dictionary (since currently the majority of our manuscript repositories house Latin manuscripts), a searchable version of the Latin Vulgate Bible, and an electronic copy of Capelli's Dizionario de Abbreviature latine ed italiane. The video here shows how all these aids (plus the option to do XML markup while transcribing) make T-PEN a robust digital tool for scholarly transcription and editing:

The manuscript featured in this demonstration comes from Houghton Library of Harvard Univeristy, and is one of 2,600+ manuscripts to which  T-PEN users could gain access.  Over the summer we will be striking agreements with other digital repositories and our aim is to have over 5,000 manuscripts on T-PEN's access list when the beta is released in October 2011.


  1. I hadn't heard about this before I just stumbled across a reference in a mailinglist! I am very excited to learn about this programme and hope that you will continue to develop it as a tool for various Medieval vernaculars. The inclusion of Capelli as well as a live Vulgate search is brilliant by the way and I look forward to exploring the other functions. Now for me personally the only question remains....where can I get T-PEN?

  2. T-PEN will be freely available as a web-based application to any and all users. The beta release takes place in October 2011, which we will announce here.

    Thanks for your interest, Nicole.