Transcribing and Encoding Bentham

Having experimented briefly with XML encoding during the Technoromanticism class with Dr. Neil Fraistat, I was somewhat prepared for what this exercise entailed. However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the good people behind the Transcribe Bentham project have made XML encoding easier than ever for the average user. The toolbar was incredibly easy to use, and so I had no problem figuring out how to mark-up my manuscript (JB/051/376/003). The hard part was the transcription process. Like others who have posted before me, there were several words that I just could not figure out. Initially I was overwhelmed, feeling like I was placing <unclear> tags all over the place. I spent many long minutes staring at my screen begging the words to reveal their secrets. I even tried looking at each individual letter, coming up with strange words like “unassepnable,” which were clearly not correct. After stepping away for a bit and coming back to the manuscript, I was able to further decipher some of the words. Yet, I was still unsure in a few places. Finally, I decided to enlist the help of Charity to see if she could figure out any of my “questionable readings,” and was happy to find that she was able to clear up a few of the words that had been eluding me. Eventually, I still ended up settling a few times on educated guesses surrounded by the <unclear> tags, but overall I felt pretty good that the majority of my transcription was correct.

This morning, when I checked my email, I was pleased to see that my text had been approved. While the editor made some changes and filled in some of my mystery words (“unassignable,” not “unassepnable” or even my actual word guess, “inestimable”), the majority of my encoded transcription was approved as being correct. There were also some stylistic changes. Words that had been separated in the text by line breaks were completed in the top line, leaving no indication that the word was split up in the actual manuscript. I am guessing that this is just to make it easier to read? Also, the notes, which I felt started at the end of the first line, were moved to the top of the entire paragraph. This, as I’ve stated, was a stylistic choice as far as I can tell, and most likely serves to make the content a bit easier to read, especially since the notes describe what is being talked about in the paragraphs. Anyway, I was happy to note that the majority of my attempt at encoding and transcribing Bentham was a success! Although there were some moments of discouragement in which I thought I would never be able to figure out some of Bentham’s hand-writing, it was definitely fun when I was finally able to figure out a muddled word. The best part of this assignment was definitely encoding though. As I stated on my questionnaire, I was very happy to see that the encoding process was made so simple through the toolbar so that beginners like me had no problem encoding Bentham’s manuscript. It is definitely an activity I would be interested in doing again, though perhaps with a different subject matter for transcription.

88 thoughts on “Transcribing and Encoding Bentham

  1. Hi Kathryn,

    Many thanks for your contribution to TB! You’re quite right, the few changes we made to the mark-up are stylistic rather than anything greatly important – the marginal notes are often act as summaries to the contents of a particular paragraph, so we find it’s useful to place them at the start of each para. And the separation of words likewise is to make it easier for readers, particularly when searching for a particular word or phrase.

    Glad to hear that you find the encoding process so straightforward, and thanks again for participating.

    best wishes,


  2. Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just too magnificent.
    I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are
    stating and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart.

    I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is actually a terrific web site.

  3. Whats up are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create
    my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

  4. (Anecdotally, these vinegars still work just fine as faar as hair is concerned.

    They must be thoroughly cleaned so that dirt does not act as an abrasive.
    The Australian Dentgal Association recommends that all patients who want to whitten their teeth have a thorough dental check-up beforehand.

    Most of the health problems we’ve discussed here are either radically improved or eliminated by eating a diet that meeets the needs of a carnivore — one which closeky
    resembles the nutritional balance provided byy a mouse.

  5. CDs are generally issued by banks and, in most cases, are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance
    Corporation (FDIC) for up to $250,000* per depositor.
    You can get a good amount of money that would take away all
    your worries. It features pop artists and traditional music covering four continents:
    Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

  6. I believe that this emptiness is due to a lack of passion in your life,
    the void is created because you’re not doing things that you absolutely LOVE.

    HR consultancy companies assist progressively more businesses which have to outsource
    their Hr works. Keep in mind that if you cannot offer users important content on their searches, they are
    going to most likely believe it is somewhere else,
    and all of the work when you get them to your website
    would have been around in vain.

  7. I have studied the Torah and Talmud my entire
    life. Present-day scientific dogma doesn’t know how to measure these forces and therefore they are not part of the current scientific model of reality.
    There is a wonderful science fiction story ‘ a John Collier story ‘
    that brings this idea home.

  8. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone else encountering issues
    with your site. It seems like some of the written text in your
    content are running off the screen. Can somebody else
    please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them too?
    This may be a issue with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously.
    Thank you

  9. You can purchase ready-made ghillie suits for reasonable prices from many online stores, but you can also construct your own ghillie suit if you have the time and
    energy. Dad’s 16 Gauge shotgun could usually be found in the back of his company issued car nicely packaged in a break down cloth carry case edged with tough leather.
    It also teaches you how to be patient while waiting for the

  10. Keep in mind that your life situations may be changing and that will impact the insurance you plan for your abc vehicle insurance.
    Learn about flood insurace requirements with help from aan independent insurance agent can help do all the
    things we can think off into account and give you odds on this bet.
    Since buying a property will be a great investment, and opportunity to
    get liquid cash for investment or other requirements of your

  11. I have observed that car insurance corporations know
    the autos which are vulnerable to accidents as well as other risks.
    Additionally they know what type of cars are given to
    higher risk as well as higher risk they’ve the
    higher your premium amount. Understanding the easy basics with car insurance can help you choose the right sort of insurance policy
    that should take care of your family needs in case you get involved in any accident.
    Thank you sharing the particular ideas in your blog.

    Here is my blog post Nina gardner

  12. Simply want to say your article is as surprising.
    The clarity in your post is just excellent and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.

    Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post.

    Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.

    My blog post: thai hairy pussy fuck (Niklas)

  13. Thanks for your exciting article. One other problem is that mesothelioma is generally
    caused by the breathing of fibers from mesothelioma, which is a dangerous material.
    It’s commonly observed among individuals in the structure industry who’ve long exposure to asbestos.
    It is also caused by residing in asbestos covered
    buildings for a long period of time, Family genes plays an important role, and
    some folks are more vulnerable for the risk in comparison with others.

    My web site – Dennis Marcus

  14. A multi-purpose appliance, this media player is a state-of-the-art home entertainment appliance that will transform your home from normal to awesome.

    Lastly, build an online presence by putting up a simple
    one page website. While buying a Gucci bag, you have to
    look at things that will make your Gucci outlet online package you must be real and true one.

  15. I do not know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing issues with your website.
    It appears as if some of the written text in your content
    are running off the screen. Can somebody else please
    provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them
    as well? This may be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had
    this happen previously. Cheers

  16. Keys can also be had as one of the bonuses for successfully inviting friends to play via Facebook or Game Center.

    As you progress further into the game, the trains start appearing closer together, so you
    have to time your swipes right to avoid getting hit by the trains.

    Edith states, “From Mind to Body’s pole
    fitness program is sexy yes, but the physical advantages do
    not go unnoted in these one-hour lessons.

  17. Hey There. I discovered your weblog using msn.
    This is a very neatly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info.
    Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.

  18. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.

    I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!

  19. When I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time
    a comment is added I get four emails with the exact same comment.
    Perhaps there is a means you are able to remove me from that
    service? Many thanks!

  20. This is really interesting, You’re an excessively professional blogger.
    I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to searching
    for extra of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your website in my social networks

  21. To go an ad to a different place on the page is completed by dragging it to
    a different place. Do you want to supplement your income for holidays or possibly a new vehicle
    maybe. With all the Scrapebox, you can make a marked improvement.

  22. You can also glue an image of this political figure underneath the words.
    There are tons more alternatives to build a relationship using your followers and fans.

    And this video hits my worst YouTube music video list.

  23. excellent submit, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of
    this sector do not understand this. You should
    continue your writing. I’m confident, you have a great readers’ base already!

  24. I think that everything said was very logical. But,
    what about this? suppose you typed a catchier post
    title? I ain’t suggesting your information is not good., however suppose you added something that makes people desire more?
    I mean Transcribing and Encoding Bentham | Introduction to Digital Humanities is kinda
    boring. You should glance at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they write news titles to get people to click.
    You might add a related video or a pic or two to get people
    excited about everything’ve got to say. In my opinion, it might make your posts a
    little livelier.

  25. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually understand what you’re speaking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Kindly additionally talk over with my web site =).
    We could have a hyperlink exchange arrangement between us

  26. You can definitely see your expertise in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe.
    All the time follow your heart.

  27. Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening.

    I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short article together.
    I once again find myself personally spending way too much time both reading and commenting.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  28. Thank you, I have just been searching for info approximately this subject for a long time and yours is the best I have discovered so far.
    However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive in regards to the supply?

  29. I like the helpful information you supply in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and take a look at again here regularly.
    I am reasonably certain I’ll learn a lot of new stuff proper here!
    Good luck for the following!

  30. I have to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this blog.
    I’m hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from
    you later on as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to
    get my own blog now ;)

  31. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this sort of house .

    Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website.
    Reading this info So i am glad to show that I have an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling
    I discovered exactly what I needed. I so much without a doubt will make sure to
    do not omit this site and give it a glance on a continuing basis.

Leave a Reply to travail Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>