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    Re: Transcribing old text, and long-esses
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 Oct 19, 09:41 -0400

    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 requested.
    
    Best Regards
    Brad
    
    
    
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