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 )


We'll start our tour at the video-page in Figure 3 and begin a new selection of Documents by typing the symbol '#' (gate) in the blank space and then clicking the "Retrieval START" command. This operation means that the System will consider all the Documents (in effect we have not made any selection). After ALL the Documents in the Archive have been considered, we'll activate the "Access to Data" command (which has just turned green) . On the next page activate the "Display" command, and now that the first tercets of the Comedy are on display, finally click on the "MAP" command. This will lead us to a SIMILAR page to the one in Figure 9 representing the Map of the 9 selected Documents where only two cells were occupied. But now ALL the Documents are shown, and they take up 1425 Map cells , the same number as the video-pages that can be displayed.

See Figure 9bis - Map of the entire Document Archive.

Figure 9bis shows the last part of Paradiso, the Index-Cards for the Minor Works and the cards for the Comedy Topography, Allegories, Prophesies, Proper and Geographical names.

At this point we'd like to ask you to dedicate a little time and patience to "browse" around the Document Archive, i.e. the subject of our "search engine's" selection. Browsing with the vertical scroll bar will give you a preliminary view of the various groups of Documents. Each group is represented by a symbol indicating its nature, as explained in the Legend on the right. Here we have in sequence the tercets from Inferno ( I ), the tercets from Purgatorio ( U ), the tercets from Paradiso ( A ), the Index-Cards for the Minor Works ( M ) and, finally, a series of symbols dedicated to the Information Cards.

Before "surfing" around the Archive, let us give you a few necessary operative notes:
  • Each cell (or small box) corresponds to a page of Documents ;
  • The cell in green shows the last page displayed ;
  • If the Map begins with the top of the Document Archive (for example, Inferno, Canto 1), then a click on the cell using the right mouse button will tell you the locations of the first and sixth Documents in the cell. For example, the first cell will have: If I 1 - If I 16 (the first cell contains the first 6 tercets from Inferno). But this information is not available if the Documents in the cell are not contiguous.
  • By clicking on the generic cell, we can go directly to the corresponding page.

    There is not much to say about the Comedy tercets, except that it would be very useful to look at the first page carefully; let's go back straight away by clicking on the first cell of the Map and then clicking again on the "CONTEXT / TRANSL." command (Context and "Translations"). We are certainly not interested in the context on this page (remember we had chosen the entire Archive), but we are interested in the "Comedy Translations". Since we are at the beginning of the Comedy, let's take the opportunity to look at all the examples of the proposed "Translations". A Click on the drop down menu - and we can consult the "Translations" Index.
    Just out of curiosity, let's look at the start of all the proposed Translations, by clicking on each of them. It is very important, though, to also take "Translation" as "Example of Pseudo-Translation". This is because "DANTE 2000" gives its Users (in the Closed as well as the Open Edition) the chance of personalizing the System's Data Files. This is not the only opportunity it offers (see the text note "Products available" on the first page of "DANTE 2000" in Figure 1).

    Returning to the Map, we recommend consulting the Index-Cards, i.e. the cards for the elements in the Minor Works ( M ), and paying particular attention to the works in prose. A careful examination of the Index-Cards will show how useful they are, especially for Students, thanks to the Summaries we have prepared for every single Chapter of prose, that are not always found in other publications. Just think how useful it would be to revise these brief notes before an exam.

    We also recommend reading at least one page of the generic Information Cards, one page for each type. Just a few important points about four of the various types of Cards:

    "Persons mentioned" ; "Figurative speech" ; "History of Florence" ; "Events"

    The 'Persons mentioned' are treated differently from the characters or people we meet in the Comedy. In fact, all the Comedy characters have their own Information Card and Descriptor in the Dictionary (which permits a search for every single character); the Information Cards for the "Persons mentioned" group them under each Canto. To economise our resources, we decided to keep the Descriptors only for the most important Persons mentioned. We plan to remove this restriction in future versions of "DANTE 2000".

    In the case of 'Figurative speech', as can be seen on a visit to the Dictionary and as we saw in the case of the Rhymes, this theme is extensively covered, regardless of the forms Dante used in his Works. This came about after realising the discomfort that University Students sometimes feel when faced with notions used in every-day speech that had never been explained to them at secondary/high school. And with this in mind, we have proposed a rational classification of figures of speech. Moreover each has been given a definition and some examples, from modern as well as classical authors.

    The Information Cards for the 'History of Florence' , for the moment only regarding History of the Guilds (Greater and Minor Arts), together with the 'Events' cards, contribute to one of the main scopes behind programming the System, i.e. to describe as well as possible the environment in which Dante lived, something that will undoubtedly lend to the better understanding of his works.
    As you can see from the Map, the Events, pertaining to each of the years in the life of the Poet (with the exception of some important events that occurred immediately before his birth and after his death), make up a good part of the Cards, and are destined to grow in future. These events can be divided into 'personal' , 'historical' , 'literary' , 'scientific and technical' and 'natural' (see Dictionary).

    Information regarding the 'Events' has been taken from several sources, bearing in mind that when they carry implicit opinions, they can be better evaluated. Among the references considered, five can be defined as the "main sources", and have been assigned the following codes; where appropriate these are given (in brackets) after the record of the Event:

    • 'CU' > Cronologia Universale della UTET
    • 'SU' > Enciclopedia della Storia Universale della Sansoni
    • 'PB' > Paolo Bargellini
    • 'GD' > Giampaolo Dossena
    • 'MS' > Mario Sanfilippo


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