User Manual

This page provides basic information about the core functions of the AOR viewer:

Viewing images
Manipulating images
Viewing transcriptions
Searching transcriptions
Exporting research findings

More detailed information can be found in the User Manual [PDF].

A concise overview of the viewer’s functions:

The arrows indicate the following buttons or functions:
(1) Toggle image manipulation buttons
(2) Add object
(3) Home button (go back to book gallery)
(4) Pin window
(5) Enable/disable thumbnails
(6) Manipulate and reset/restore image view (undo previous image manipulation actions)
(7) Open export current research screen
(8) Change the layout of the “workspaces”
(9) Open/close transcription panel
(10) Open image viewing menu
(11) Open metadata panel
(12) Toggle full screen

All these functions are explained in detail in the User Manual.

Viewing images

The opening screen of the AOR viewer is a gallery consisting of all the books that are part of the AOR corpora.

By clicking on one of the thumbnails, a particular book is opened in a “workspace,” a panel in the AOR viewer consisting of the digital image and a transcription viewing and search panel.
In the workspace, one can scroll through the images by clicking on the arrows at the left and right of the image. One can also modify the way in which images are displayed (e.g., as thumbnails or openings of a book) by clicking on (10) in the upper righthand corner.

The AOR viewer allows for viewing the images of several books next to each other. This can be done by opening a new workspace (click on the button to which arrow 2 points or on “change layout” (arrow 8) in the upper righthand corner).

The home button (3) can be used to immediately return to the gallery page.

Manipulating images

The images can be manually manipulated by several buttons located in the lower righthand part of a workspace (6).

The user can zoom in and out, rotate the images, and reset the view (i.e., restore the original view by undoing rotation and zooming actions). The colour and contrast settings of the images can be manipulated by using the button to which arrow 1 points.

Viewing transcriptions

Clicking on (9) opens the transcription panel, which displays data derived from the digital transcriptions, including the marginal annotations, their translations into English, and the symbols used by Gabriel Harvey and John Dee.

(NB: The transcription panel does not contain all the data of the digital transcriptions. For more information, see the User Manual.)

The icons on the left of the transcription of the marginal notes and symbol indicate the position of this annotation on the printed page.

Searching transcriptions

A separate tab within the transcription panel opens the search panel. There are two ways to search AOR: a simple string-based search, which returns keywords, or an advanced search.

The advanced search allows for searching particular annotations, including types of annotations which are not displayed in the transcription panel but which are part of the digital transcription (and have been included for search purposes in particular). Both simple and advanced searches can be executed within the individual book or the AOR corpus as a whole.

Search results are arranged based on relevance and page order. Each item in the search results is a clickable link. A left mouse click opens an item in the existing workspace; a right mouse click enables the user to open the item in a new workspace.

For more detailed information on the AOR search functionalities, see the User Manual [PDF].

Exporting research findings

You can export your research findings as a plain HTML file or as a RMap linked data graph by navigating to the export current research screen (7).

For more information on this functionality of the AOR viewer, see this section on the AOR website or consult the User Manual [PDF].