Biblon 2000 News Page - last modified 17/02/01

The Biblon 2000 interface now supports "active verse" links on all transcription and manuscript pages. This means that whenever a verse number is shown, either in the main text frame, the apparatus frame or any of the manuscript pages, then rolling the mouse over that verse number or clicking on it will synchronize the other frames to the same verse. Rolling the mouse over the number will result in synchronization between the manuscript pages and the text/apparatus pages if the same verse is currently available in both windows. Clicking on the number will load the required transcription page or manuscript page (if one is available).
To facilitate this feature, the Codex Sinaiticus pages now have verse numbers displayed for each verse, which in itself should also make these pages easier to read.

A large number of improvements and modifications have been implemented since the last update release. The main changes are as follows :-
1. When accessing the text pages from the home page, a new browser window is opened (if one has not been already opened). This is to allow users to continue browsing from the home page without having lost their "history" data and to allow them to use the form on the home page to access further text pages if they wish.
2. The "Options" control panel frame of the interface has been reorganised. As well as a clearer menu structure, the menu items which indicate whether an option is on or off now display an asterisk character at the left of the frame which ensures that it is visible at all times.
3. When a facsimile or help window is opened in "dual mode", clicking on the same option again will not close the window. Instead, either choose the "close" option from the facsimile menu, or simply close the manuscript window using its own "close" option or window close box/button. If only one facsimile or help window is open in dual mode, closing that window using its close box (the top and right most button of the window on most systems) will result in the main text window returning to its normal size.
4. When using the system in dual mode, if another window other than the main text or manuscript/help windows is activated (e.g. another application or the Biblon 2000 home page), then reactivating either the main text window or one of the manuscript/help windows will result in both sides of the dual mode interface being made visible. That is, the two halves of the dual mode interface, although different browser windows, will behave as one as regards regaining the focus. This allows users to switch between the Biblon 2000 dual mode interface and other windows without losing one half of the interface when they return.
5. There are now 8 sizes of font avaiable from the "fonts" menu of the control panel frame. These sizes affect both the apparatus and the main text window data. The system will attempt to choose an appropriate font size for the these windows when it first loads or switches modes, taking into account window size and screen resolution. The control panel will also automaticaly change to a smaller font size when in dual mode.
6. The "trans" or transcription font option has been improved so that "q" becomes "th", "y" becomes "ps" and so on.
7. The script for the "pseudo-facsimile" pages has been largely rewritten to make them load much faster and to speed up their operation. Pages are now available for the whole of papyrus 1 and papyrus 4.
In addition to the above improvements to the interface, more pages now have apparatus data, i.e. chapters 2-6 of Luke, chapters 7-9 of Matthew in English and some of chapter 1 of Matthew in French.

"Simulated" facsimile pages have been added for the manuscript "p1", ie papyrus 1. They are an HTML rendering of the fragment which show its layout, which characters are still well defined and a few marks on the papyrus other than the letters. The pages presented here have been adapted from original work done by John Loder at Manitoba in Canada. The simulated facsimile makes use of the "Sgreek" font which cannot be adapted to an embedded form hence it must be downloaded and installed before the manuscript can be properly viewed. The pages can also be viewed using the "Symbol" font, which is the default setting, but this is a poorer rendering of the manuscript.
The controls for these pages are the same as for the Codex Sinaiticus pages (see below). To access this feature, click on the "papyrus1" entry of the "Frames" menu of the the Control Panel frame. To access it in split-screen mode, click on the "split-pap1" entry of the "Frames" menu.
Pages for other manuscripts will follow soon

The Codex Sinaiticus facilities have been completely reworked. There is now a "split-screen" mode for viewing the transcribed text and the corresponding page of the manuscript side by side. Variants are marked on the manuscript, and "mouse-overs" on the marked variant will highlight the corresponding text on the transcription pages. If the transcribed text is on a differnt page from that currently displayed, click on the variant to "synchronise" the system. Similarly, clicking on any "aleph" () character of the appartus pages will load the required manuscript page and scroll to the corresponding variant. Currently, only chapters 1-6 of Matthew support this mode.
To access this mode, click on the "split-sinai" entry of the "Frames" menu on the "Options" control panel frame. There is also a "split-help" entry on this menu which will activate the help system in a similar "split-screen" fashion.
When using the "split-sinai" mode the following key-strokes are recognized :-

"t" : scrolls to top of the manuscript page.

"c" : scrolls to the current manuscript variant.

"n" : scrolls to the next manuscript variant.

"p" : scrolls to the previous manuscript variant.

"q" : loads the next manuscript page.

"r" : loads the previous manusript page.

"s" : synchronises the manuscript and transcribed pages.

All pages are now available with a basic version in French.

The "Fonts" menu has also been changed somewhat. Only two greek fonts are loaded by default, i.e. "greeksp" and "uncials". To get the others, click on the "Other" option of this menu.

Completion of a total revision of the javascript files! Application load time is reduced by approximately 70%. Response times are also improved and many minor bugs have been fixed.

Chapters 3-6 of Matthew now have formatting and apparatus data added in English.

The Help System has landed! Click on the "help" link in the Options frame to access a set of help pages with dynamic HTML indexes. The "help mode" link in the "Frames" menu of the Options panel switches the interface to "help" mode. In this state, all Options links will display the appropriate page in the help window. Linked references in the apparatus frame will also link to their help page.

Many thanks to Torrey Seland at Volda College in Norway for making this project his "Site of the Month" for May.

Chapters 1-3 of Matthew now have formatting and apparatus data added in English.

Chapters 7-12 of Matthew now have formatting and apparatus data added.

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