ADMYTE - Archivo Digital de Manuscritos y Textos Españoles
A Brief Guide

COVERAGE: Provides transcriptions and facsimile images of Spanish manuscripts and early printed texts. Disk 1 contains the digitized images and electronic transcriptions of 45 Spanish-language printed books dating 1471 to 1524 and covering a broad variety of fields (encyclopedias, grammar books and dictionaries, legal texts, scientific and medical texts, history and biography, travel literature and poetry). Disk 0 contains machine-readable transcriptions of 64 medieval Spanish texts as well as other analysis tools (TACT, UNITE, BETA/BOOST) for scholars with more complex requirements.

GETTING STARTED: Once in the main program, you will see the main window and menu bar. The OPTION selection on the menu bar is the most important of all the menus. From here you can select a text for reading, conduct searches, and save or print a text you are working with. You can also work with a graphic image of the OPTION MENU called the OPTIONS PALETTE. You can access the OPTIONS PALETTE by clicking on OPTION in the menu bar and then clicking on the OPTIONS PALETTE heading. A moveable palette of icons will appear in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Each icon corresponds to one of the items in the OPTION MENU - just click on and icon to perform a function.


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SELECTING A TITLE: Once you are in the main program, you can call up a list of titles stored on the CD-ROM you are currently using. To select a title, first click on OPTION in the menu bar. In the OPTION MENU, click on the TITLE SELECTION heading to display the TITLE SELECTION WINDOW. If you are using the OPTIONS PALETTE, click on the BOOK ICON. To select one or several books, simply click on the title. The DESELECT button allows you to eliminate a text from your selection list. You can also select titles by theme. Click once on the arrow next to the Theme field to display the THEME MENU. Click on any of the listed themes to automatically select all the texts that fall under that specific subject.

The TITLE SELECTION window offers the possibility of displaying a brief description of the selected book or books containing bibliographic, literary and historical information. To access this, click on the PRESENTATION button. To view information on other texts that you have selected, click on the PREVIOUS or NEXT button.

READ A TEXT AND VIEW ITS IMAGE: To read the title you have selected, click on OPTION in the menu bar. Choose TRANSCRIPTION from the OPTION MENU. If you are using the OPTIONS PALETTE click on the TRANSCRIPTION ICON. The transcription of the text will appear on the screen. To page through the text return to the OPTION MENU and choose either PGDN or PGUP or click on the PGDN or PGUP ICON on the OPTIONS PALETTE. On the keyboard, you may also use a Control + to move forward or a Control - to move back.

To view the manuscript images from Disk 1 alongside their transcriptions, return to the OPTION MENU and choose IMAGE or, from the OPTIONS PALETTE, click on the IMAGE ICON. To arrange the text and image windows you can click on WINDOW in the menu bar and choose MOSAIC. The size of the manuscript image can be adjusted by clicking on the EDIT in the menu bar and choosing FIT IN WINDOW, or REDUCE IMAGE, ENLARGE IMAGE (which reduces or enlarges the image by 10%).

If you have chosen to view more than one title in the TITLE SELECTION window, you may move forward to your next selected title or backwards to a previous one. This is done by clicking on NEXT SELECTION or PREVIOUS SELECTION from the OPTION window or by clicking on the NEXT and PREVIOUS SELECTION ICONS on the OPTIONS PALETTE. On the keyboard, you may also use the + key to go the next selection, or the - key to go to the previous selection.

TO PRINT: Click on the PRINT option in the OPTION window or click on the PRINT ICON on the OPTIONS PALETTE. A PRINT WINDOW will appear that is divided into two sections, LISTING and OPTIONS. From the LISTING section you can choose how much text you wish to print. In the OPTIONS section you can choose exactly what form of the text you wish to print (the manuscript image or the transcription).

TO FIND WORDS: To conduct a word search in the title or titles you have selected, click on OPTION in the menu bar. Choose FIND WORDS from the OPTION MENU. If you are using the OPTIONS PALETTE. click on the FIND WORDS ICON. You must first indicate whether you want to search all the texts in the database or only selected texts. Do this by clicking on ALL BOOKS or SELECTED BOOKS. Once the search has been completed, the number of pages containing the selected word will be shown and can be display directly by clicking on the GOTO button. The words or phrases you have selected will be highlighted in red in the transcription of the text(s).

Two difference search options are possible: you may either search by Query Language or via the Glossary. The bottom half of the FIND WORD WINDOW displays a glossary of all the words in all the manuscripts on the CD-ROM. To choose a word from this list, first enter in the WORD field a few letters of the word you wish to search for. The glossary will scroll to the section that contains words with those letters. Use the mouse to click on the desired word.

To search more complex logical searches using Query language, click on the SEARCH field and type in your search string directly. The * and ? characters act as wildcards and can replace a series of unknown letters (*), or a single unknown letter(?). The = character finds variations of a word. Please consult the ADMYTE user's manual for a full description of other search options. For example:

PORTUG* - (Portugal, Portuguese, portuguesa, portugueses, portuguesas....)

AMARILL? - (amarillo, amarilla),

=AMAR would find pages with all the different variations of the word AMAR such as AMO, AMAS, AMA.....

GLOSSARY OF LEMMATA: The glossary is a search utility to help those users who do not have a thorough knowledge of old Spanish, so that they can easily move through different morphologic variants of words. To access the glossary, click on the GLOSSARY OF LEMMATA in the OPTION WINDOW or click on its on its icon in the OPTIONS PALETTE. A window is divided into two parts. The upper section contains a list of words in alphabetical order, and the lower contains the Lemmata viewer. When you click on any of the words in the upper section, the lower viewer displays all the corresponding forms of that word. To search for the word click on the SEARCH LEXICAL ITEM button. To search for its forms click on the SEARCH LEMMATA button. Results will be displayed in the FIND WORD WINDOW. Click on the GOTO button to view the actual words in the text highlighted in red.

COPY TRANSCRIPTION OR IMAGE: Part of the transcription or image can be copied to the Windows Clipboard by entering the EDIT MENU and clicking on COPY IMAGE or COPY TRANSCRIPTION. Then exit ADMYTE , open the Windows Clipboard and save the image or transcription to a floppy disk.



Compiled by Jana Krentz, Bibliographer for Spain, Portugal and Latin America, March 1997.
Copyright 1997 The University of Kansas Libraries. Permission to copy required.
Dept. for Spain, Portugal and Latin America, University of Kansas Libraries
Lawrence, KS 66045