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Martin Deporres <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 26 Oct 1999 10:24:35 +0100
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Representing The Cantos online is one issue. Delving into rough drafts is another.
TEX and TROFF? I suppose you use a hot brick to warm your bed. I know someone who thinks MS-DOS is making a comeback--you and he would probably have a lot to talk about.
Try the Adobe Portable Document Format. PDFs are completely portable, font embeddable and totally transparent on any platform--Windows, Unix, Macintosh. The document reader is free from the Adobe website, the documents can be opened online or downloaded to print on any printer of remotely recent vintage.
Quite apart from Nixon being dead you did know he resigned, right? TEX and troff indeed.
Martin Deporres
> At 09:42 AM 10/25/99 -0400, Tim Romano wrote:
> >Jonathan Morse raised what could be a related topic a few days ago --
> >representing and studying the typed page as Pound set it down. Should
> >electronic editions of Pound be encoding his idiosyncratic typographic
> >conventions?
> I have a lot of experience with the various flavors and species of
> electronic typography, and have mused from time to time over the problem
> of how one might correctly present Cantos on-line.
> I think it can be done, most straightforwardly using highly programmable
> (and now regarded as rather ancient) batch formatting facilities such as
> TeX and troff.  The state of the art in HTML won't quite get you there
> in a portable way; which is to say that I think I could fake up a rendition
> (using CSS positioning, for the cognoscenti) but it would only display
> correctly on a subset (ideally not too small) of browser/platform/monitor
> combinations.
> But the big question is: what is known of Pound's intent?  Is there any
> surviving information about EP's interactions with his publishers, by
> which we might learn which aspects of presentation he thought important?
> To me it seems that the key criterion for success being able to force
> each line to begin with an indent relative to that of the previous line
> which is the same as in the printed version.  The positioning of the
> non-Latin glyphs and so on is an interesting but probably less severe
> problem. -Tim