Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Hengwrt Chaucer: Standard Edition on CD-ROM, Golygiad Safonal Chaucer Hengwrt Ar CD/Caxton's Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Hengwrt Chaucer: Standard Edition on CD-ROM, Golygiad Safonal Chaucer Hengwrt Ar CD/Caxton's Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies

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The Hengivrt Chaucer Standard Edition on CD-ROM, Golygiad Safonal Chaucer fiengnrf ar CD, ed. Ceridwcn Lloyd-Morgan, The Canterbury Tales Project (Leicester: National Library of Wales, Scholarly Digital Editions, 2005). Individual licence: ISBN 1-904628-00-1, institutional licence: ISBN 1-904628-01-X. £20.00/$29.95. Caxton's Canterbury Tales: The British Library Copies, ed. Barbara Bordalejo, The Canterbury Talcs Project (Leicester: De Montfort University, Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003). Individual licence: ISBN i904628-02-8, institutional licence: ISBN 1-904628-05-6. £20.00/129.95. System requirements: Windows 98 or later/MacOS X (10.1 or later); CR-ROM drive (6x or faster); 800 X 600 screen with: 6 bit (High) colour; 32Mb free system memory; internet browser. These hypertext editions, as with other digital works from the Canterbury Tales Project (under the auspices of Scholarly Digital Eiditions), employ the same 'Anastasia' software to enable the necessary interface between the user's web browser and the digital images and other material on the CD-ROM. I have tried both editions on Windows 98 and XP, running both Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, and found Anastasia to be not entirely reliable. This is to say that it seems to make accessing the CD-ROM a sensitive issue whilst other instances of the web browser are open at the same time, resulting in occasional 'hanging' or 'crashing'. However, the web-browser approach is effective in other ways in that it allows users to take advantage of their own browser settings and extras - perhaps a decent web printing package to facilitate 'userdesigned' printouts of frames, etc. …

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