[sword-devel] Detecting Problem Characters
just_mike_y at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 26 10:37:13 MST 2011
On 9/26/2011 11:46 AM, David Haslam wrote:
> Setting aside all other matters for the moment....
> Did you acquire a printed copy of either edition of The Riverside NT to
> check the authenticity of any digitized text?
I have access to the first edition via facsimile on the Internet Archive at
These are basically photographs of the pages, and I have no reason to
suspect that someone has interfered with the scanning process of the
work. To me, this is as good or better than having a printed copy in my
hands, since it is more likely that someone would sell me a fake 1st
edition copy than the Archive somehow pulled a fake copy out of a
library. Is there a reason I need to go find a physical copy? Should I
suspect the authenticity of the archive copy, when it is photographic
and in a funded collection? I do not trust "open source" collections on
the Archive (they have a copy of "The Bible 2.0"), but this one is a
funded collection where books were sent to a country with less
restrictive copyright law (India?) to allow them to be scanned by the
archive into 'a universal library.' More recent developments (google
books and the resulting lawsuit) have changed the project's goals, but
the existence of the work above created was under this method.
However, you've raised several points I'm working out at the moment.
1. contacting the copyright owner. Google copyright database lists the
copyright renewal to Ballentine and heirs so my math has been on
personal copyright law-- Life + 70 years. I can't find where I recorded
the original copyright info from, or how I recorded Macmillan as the
original publisher. The link above states Houghton Mifflin is the
publisher and copyright owner. I have requested a confirmation of this
from Houghton Mifflin and rights to freely publish if they do own the work.
2. The existence of a 2nd edition. I have no idea which edition I'm
working on, or how to tell the difference.
3. The lack of any versification in the facsimile first edition.
(inline, marginal or otherwise). The version I started with is versified
(HUGE RED FLAG if I have to remove the verses, I may as well be starting
from the UL copy above.)
The task at hand last week causing this thread was the versification of
the (yet another bible) HNC, which created similar multi-line
multi-verse verses that I've seen before. I haven't worked on Riverside
NT for about a year +/- 6 months, I just remember seeing the same issues
at the same point while trying to fix quotes that don't display properly.
It turns out that the original problem is my specific click pattern on
importing my work in progress into Open office. David Haslam provided a
summary and verified there were hidden characters at the point the
problem was occuring.
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