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    Re: Transcribing old text, and long-esses
    From: George Huxtable
    Date: 2009 Oct 19, 16:46 +0100

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Brad Morris" 
    Sent: Monday, October 19, 2009 2:41 PM
    Subject: [NavList 10196] Re: Transcribing old text, and long-esses
    Here from the advert page of Mariner's Compass Rectified, I find the word
    DEFENFIVE.  I agree that the intention is to have it read as an S, so the
    word should be transcribed as DEFENSIVE.
    However, the printer of this book is clearly using the typeface for F and
    not S, as one can reference both letters in the same word.  Interesting
    choice of word, because I guess I am just a bit defenfive  (hehehe) about
    this critique.  Should the spelling errors be corrected as well?  Should I
    correct the obscure language?  Bad grammar?  How far would one go before the
    document is just an epitome (a condensed account, esp. of a literary work)
    and not a transcription?
    My choice has been to type the letters as I see them.  Unfortunately, there
    is no long-ess in the font anymore.  Substituting an F for the long S
    preserved the look of the document and  it is readily understood to read S.
    However, I will bow to the wishes of the group and transcribe them as
    Best Regards
    I disagree, Brad.
    The text is a bit fuzzy, but if you look carefully you can see the
    difference in the length of the crossbar between one character and another.
    You should see, if you compare f's and s's throughout the text, that they
    should all conform. It's crazy, I know, that there's only that tiny
    distinction, but a distinction there is. You should transcribe them
    differently, accordingly.
    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.
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