[humanities-dev] Couple of TEXTUS design questions

Jonathan Gray j.gray at cantab.net
Thu Mar 15 22:11:54 UTC 2012

Great. If you have anything we can play with do let us know. I'm sure
there are a bunch of people on the list (me! me!) who would jump at
the chance to test + provide feedback. ;-)

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM, Tom Oinn <tom.oinn at okfn.org> wrote:
> On 15 March 2012 22:05, Jonathan Gray <j.gray at cantab.net> wrote:
>> Sounds interesting. Can see that this has the potential to make the
>> texts much more beautiful. Would it be non-trivial to enable togging
>> between the full text and arbitrary Kindle-style pages?
> Well, all the data's there so in theory no. I'm expecting the
> annotation rendering to be the interesting bit - this is assuming we
> aren't using annotator's approach of inserting elements into the dom
> nodes containing the text, and I think to get this looking really good
> we have to do something smarter than that. In a sense it shouldn't be
> much more difficult to have the scrolling viewport, and I can
> certainly design the rendering code such that it's possible to
> alternate between the two. I'm a bit concerned about the performance
> of the annotation renderer, but I'm not going to worry too much about
> that now, I'll try it and see - browsers are surprisingly good at
> these things sometimes...
> I think what I'll do is knock up a basic canvas based renderer and see
> how fast I can get it to go. If it's quick enough then putting it
> under a scrollable viewport won't be a problem, and it would open up a
> lot of options we don't have right now for annotation display.
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Jonathan Gray

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