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Re: British Library unveils new electronic manuscripts

Thanks for the information about Leonardo's book on the computer.
How do you get to it?  Please tell us on the book list serve?
Ron you are always so good to us.

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On Thu, 23 Apr 1998, Ron Koster wrote:

> In the news...
> 09:59 AM ET 04/22/98
> British Library unveils new electronic manuscripts
>             LONDON (Reuters) - The British Library Wednesday unveiled a
> new computer-based system allowing visitors to electronically
> ``turn the pages'' of precious manuscripts.
>             The interactive device, created by an in-house team of
> software developers, was presented to the public at the opening
> of the library's three new exhibition galleries.
>             It used animation and high quality digitized images to
> simulate the actual turning of pages or the unrolling of a
> scroll on the screen.
>             ``We wanted people to get as much as possible the feeling of
> turning pages,'' said spokeswoman Jane Carr, who started
> thinking about the project 10 years ago.
>             Currently on display were images from the Sforza Hours, the
> Lindisfarne Gospels, the Diamond Sutra -- the world's earliest
> printed book -- and Codex Arundel, a Leonardo da Vinci notebook.
>             By touching and dragging their finger across the screen
> visitors can look through the manuscripts, magnify areas of the
> books, read on-screen text or listen to the audio commentary.
>             Features of the display included a special ``mirror'' button
> reversing Leonardo da Vinci's characteristic ``secret'' writing,
> which is read from right to left.
>             Carr said the library wanted to show at least two new
> electronic manuscripts every year and was considering selling
> the software.
>             It took around 18 months for Clive Izard, the library's head
> of audio and visual services, to develop the project, which
> works with high quality conventional pictures stored on a
> computer.
>             ``With the current technology and digital photography I
> think we could develop software for a 20-25 page manuscript for
> about $25,000,'' Carr said.
>             The new British Library, a controversial red-brick building
> in St Pancras which has cost well over the original planned
> budget, was opened last November.
>             The move into the new headquarters of some 12 million books
> and 1,000 staff will be completed in 1999.
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