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( Throughout the text for the Visit, click on the phrases in this colour to see the relative FIGURES )

See Figure 5 - First page with selected Documents after the search for 'NOVE * (TERZINE + VITA NUOVA)'.

In the pages dedicated to viewing the Selected Documents (usually not in the same order as they are in the files), the left-hand box shows the Documents and the right-hand box gives their location and any links there may be to further information. The vertical line of white dots between the two boxes are for choosing one of the Documents so that the search can continue. On the page in Figure 5, the first Document, a tercet from the Comedy (Pd II 7), has already been chosen by clicking on the appropriate white dot.
Any letters to the right of the locations stand for :

T > a Text linked to the Document ( for the Index-Cards this text, always present, consists of a passage from a Minor Work, in our case from a Chapter of the Vita Nuova ) ;
C > one or more Comments (for the Comedy tercets only) linked to the appropriate Canto ;
R > one or more "Intertext Cross-references", i.e. cross references from the selected Document to other Documents in the Archive; these links do not refer to the "Information Cards" ;
 I > Picture (Image) linked to the Document ;
V > Vocal quotation linked to the Document (new feature in Versione 4.0).

Still referring to Figure 5, at the top left of the page we can see three small squares and their relative names (these may be illegibile because this a small-sized reproduction of the page), these are : "Reading Aid", "Character Dialogue" and "Comedy 'Translations' ". These correspond to three options open to the User. The first usually means a brief explanation (80 characters available), which appears next to the tercet. It may, for example, simply be a signal that there is a "Vocal quotation" linked to the tercet (which can be heard by clicking the "V" command). The second implies a Vocal message about the character who is speaking in the tercet. The third proposes a choice of "Translations" of the tercet in one of the other 4 languages available.
The System activates the first two options and disactivates the third without instructions from the User, a condition that can be changed at any time by clicking on any of the three little squares. These three functions, all extremely useful for non-professionals, have been introduced into Version 4.0, but discreetly so as not to penalise emphasis on the text, indispensable to simply enjoy reading the verses without any study commitments.

Referring to Figure 5 again, Version 4.0 now has four new functions that can be called up by clicking on the respective commands at the bottom of the page :
- "CANTO SUMMARY (Porena)" (for the Comedy) offers a short description by Porena of the subject of the Canto ;
- "PILGRIM'S JOURNAL" (for the Comedy) gives the subject, the place and time to which the tercet refers (a new addition to Version 4.0) ;
- "COSMOS" offers an illustration of Dantean Cosmogony ;
- "INFERNO" shows a cross-section of Inferno.
We chose to use just two illustrations, the most important, for this type of visual aid.

To hear a "Sound-Font" (new addition to Version 4.0), that may have been recorded in a "Personal File", simply click on the "Sound-Fonts" command. On the importance of this subject, see the part of the Guide on Figure 27 or, better, activate the "???" command (in "DANTE 2000") on the video-page shown in Figure 27.

Still on the same data-page, and with the white dot on the first Document selected, let's try out the various commands available. Clicking on the "CONTEXT / TRANSL." (Context and "Translations") will open the page in Figure 6.

See Figure 6 - Page designed for Context and "Translations".

Here we must explain that by context we mean the Document context inside the Documents Archive. This means that starting from the relevant Document and using the 'Change-Page' command, the whole Archive can be viewed, from the Comedy tercets to the Index-Cards and different sorts of Information Cards without interruption.

The right-hand box, dedicated to Comedy "Translations", disappears as soon as the tercets on the page are finished. To view the "Translations", click on the arrow on the yellow drop down menu and then click on the "Translation" selected. We must point out that only some of the "Translations" given in the menu are complete (one in English , one in Spanish , one in German and one in French); in general, because of distribution rights, we can only record the beginning of the Comedy in the further ten or so foreign languages and Italian dialects. We can see all the examples with the "Visit to the Document Archive".
Try the three types of character fonts available (MS Serif, MS Sans Serif and Arial).

After visiting Context and "Translations", leave the page by clicking on the "Exit" command and return to the page in Figure 5. Here, let's take the opportunity of seeing the Picture (Image) linked to the first Document by clicking on the appropriate command (the icon with the head of Dante). An illustration of the Great and Little Bear will appear, logically linked to the corresponding tercet; click on the command again to make it disappear.
Still on the same page and with the same Document (Pd II 7), let's move onto the Comments on this Canto from Paradiso, by clicking on the arrow in the drop down menu next to "Comedy Comments". Let's choose the first of the proposed Comments (Notes by Niccolò Tommaseo) with a click, followed by another on the "OK" command to the left. The page in Figure 7 will appear.

See Figure 7 - Page dedicated to Comments on the Comedy.

The page in Figure 7 shows a box to the left holding the text of Canto II from Paradiso and a box on the right with the Notes by Tommaseo. Each tercet carries a reference to the number of the last verse (line) as well as the number of the tercet. Both of these are necessary because the first is generally used by today's Editors and Curators whilst the second, for example, is what Tommaseo used.
We hope that when we have solved the problem of distribution rights, "DANTE 2000" can offer all the most important Comments available on the Comedy.
We can see from the Figure that alongside the usual consultation of a Comment, it is possible to activate the automatic "go to" commands to consult Dante's SOURCES (recently enriched with the Sacred Scriptures in Version 4.0) and the Search for strings of characters in the Notes.

Now we have looked at the Comments on Canto II from Paradiso, let's go back, by clicking on the "Exit" command, to the page of Figure 5. At this point, activate the dot relating to the last Document on the page, i.e. the Index-Card for Chapter VI in the "Vita Nuova". Look at the text by clicking on the "TEXT" command, which will take you to the page in Figure 8.

See Figure 8 - Page with text for Index-Card Vn VI.

The page in Figure 8 gives Chapter VI of the "Vita Nuova"; paragraph 2 is highlighted in red because it refers to the number NOVE (nine). Note that it is possible to listen to "Sound-Fonts" on this page too ( see the steps in this Guide concerning Figure 27 ).

Let's take the opportunity to explain how the System works when it chooses to highlight or not a passage from the text (if it's prose one or two paragraphs, or one or two verses (lines) if poetry). Let's consider two cases:
A - Selection based on expressions with a single Descriptor - If none of the text is highlighted, it means that the logical link is between the Descriptor and the entire text ; if a link is limited to part of the text, then that part is shown in red.
B - Selection based on an expression with more than one Descriptor - In this case, the System behaves in a similar manner, but this time refers to the first Descriptor for the expression; in our example the paragraph concerning the Descriptor for 'NOVE' (nine) has been highlighted in red.

Let's explain the function for the '===== Enclosures' line. This is for texts that are linked to the Index-Cards, i.e. elements in the Minor Works. It marks the end of the text of the Index-Card (in most cases a passage from Dante), beyond which Users of the Open Edition of "DANTE 2000" can record any text they like, whether notes or pages of comments. The System will consider these notes as "Enclosures" and therefore exclude them from any search whenever, as we shall soon explain, the User calls up the "String / Word Search " function (see command in the video-page in Figure 4). As an example of how this feature works, we have recorded a few lines after Chapter I of the "Vita Nuova".


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