System on the complete works

Alberto Acquaro's studio

Guided tour of the system

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

Let's leave the text-page by clicking on the "Exit" command, and go back to the first page of the selected Documents in Figure 5. A click on the "MAP" command brings us to the video-page in Figure 9.

See Figure 9 - Video-page dedicated to the Map of the selected Documents.

In our example, the Map of Selected Documents, has only two full cells ( or small boxes ) ; the first with the characters 'AAAAMM' and the second with the characters 'MMM' . The Legend on the right hand side explains what this means: on the first page there are four tercets from Paradise and two elements from the Minor Works (see Figure 5), on the second page there are three elements from the Minor Works (see Figure 10) ; this last can be reached in two ways :

1. go back via the "Exit" command to the page in Figure 5 and then click on the Next-page command ;
2. go there directly by clicking on the second cell of the Map.

Obviously, in our example, where we have only two pages of Documents, resorting to the map is practically useless, but it becomes necessary when there are a large number of pages, as we shall see later (see Visit to Document Archive).

See Figure 10 - Second page with selected Documents after the search for 'NOVE * (TERZINE + VITA NUOVA)'.

In the second page of the Selected Documents, as shown in Figure 10, the white dot for the first Document (Vn XXIII) has already been activated, so has the Intertext Reference drop down menu. There is a cross-reference from Chapter XXIII of the "Vita Nuova", paragraph 8 and Chapter XI of Book II, De Vulgari Eloquentia (the Reference was opened by clicking on the arrow to the right and 'VE II xi 8'). Don't miss the delightful drawing by Botticelli that appears when closing the list of selected Documents.
At this point, if you wish to view the Intertext References, all you have to do is click on the "OK" command on the left, which will display the page in Figure 11.

See Figure 11 - Video-page with a text pertaining to the Intertextual Cross-references.

The page in Figure 11 displays text from the Chapter of De Vulgari Eloquentia, the object of the Intertext Reference, with paragraph 8 highlighted in red. If you scroll down the text, you will see that after the line "Enclosures", two poetic compositions that Dante mentions have been entered for personal consultation.

Note that it is possible to listen to "Sound-Fonts" on this page too ( see the steps in the Guide concerning Figure 27 ). In this case listening to the sound font may be particularly appropriate because a sound recording of a translation from the Latin into your own language is available, which you can listen to whilst reading the original version.

When you have finished consulting the References, click twice on the "Exit" command to go back to the video-page in Figure 4. By clicking on the "String/Word SEARCH" command function, we are now ready to perform a search (see Figure 12). By "string" we mean a sequence of characters, not necessarily made up of whole words. Remember that a search will be limited to the Documents already selected, for example, let's ask the System to search for the string 'donn' and the word 'cortesia'; this is done by typing "donn" and "cortesia" in the two blank fields and clicking on the "WORD" command in the case of 'cortesia'. There can be two possible links between the two search terms: the operator OR (logical UNION) and the operator AND (logical PRODUCT). If you use OR, the system will search for AT LEAST ONE of the requested terms in each passage of text, if you use AND, the system will search the texts for BOTH terms together. If the User does not specify a choice, the System will work using the OR operator. Let's choose OR, and click on the "START Search" command. The System will find the string 'donn' in the tercet Pd X 79; if we continue the search by clicking on the Advance command, we shall have the situation shown in Figure 12.

See Figure 12 - Page explaining a step in the search for the string 'donn' and the word 'cortesia'.

The occurrences of both terms together, shown in Figure 12, refers to Chapter III of the "Vita Nuova"; the whole Reference can be consulted by scrolling down the page. This page will help to understand the rules of the System: unlike the procedures for the "Tercet Documents" and generic Information Cards, a search based on Index-Cards is not performed within the Documents, but within the Text linked to them.

Now we should like to explain the sense and function of the "Control" command, that is usually left ON (yellow). In this case, the System, which, as we have seen, has found the strings/words for the search in the generic Document, stops to allow consultation and will only continue after an explicit command from the User (Change-page commands). In other cases, it might be the total number of finds that is of interest, rather than their context and consultation in each Document. For example, let's suppose we want to count the number of times the vowel 'a' occurs in the entire Comedy; in that case we select the Comedy by using the TERZINE' (Tercets) Descriptor, then search for the STRINGS 'a' and 'A' linked together by the OR operator and finally disactivate the "Control" command with a click, before starting the search.

We shall look at the "Comedy Rhymes Search" command-function later, in another example from "DANTE 2000", as the Documents we have selected so far only give us four tercets from the Comedy.


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