[okfn-help] Changes to open Milton text

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Mon Dec 8 13:00:21 GMT 2008

Dear Iain,

Don't know whether you saw the svn commits but I managed to sort out
over the weeked how to 'override' the standard templates (for an
example see shksprdata/templates/ -- you'll need to modify the ini
file to add extra_template_paths variable ...). This now means we can
customize any template we want very easily.

I've also put in support for works (almost complete). Perhaps we can
chat (irc or otherwise) about final touches before the official launch
of the site tomorrow on Milton's 400th Birthday!


On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 12:44 PM, Iain Emsley
<print.crimes at yatterings.com> wrote:
> Afternoon,
> Can we consider the following text for the Milton front page?
> " Welcome to the Open Milton web interface. This site provides access to
> many, but by no means all, of the facilities of the Open Milton package. For
> example you can:
>    * Read a variety of texts (prose, poems etc) as well as ancillary
> material
>    * Analyze text or word statistics
>    * Search any text
> More information on using this web interface can be found in the guide.
> Why Open Milton
> If you type 'Milton' into Google you find thousands of websites why do we
> need another? First off, unlike most other sites, everything you find here
> is open ? that is you're free to use, reuse, and redistribute it without any
> need to seek permission.
> However, more importantly, this website is only a small part of what we're
> about. It serves to demonstrate what you can do with the Open Milton package
> ? a set of material and tools for exploring Milton's life and work. The
> website demonstrates a few of the ways in which the Open Milton package can
> be used. We actively encourage you to take and modify it to do things we
> haven't yet done ? or even thought of! Some suggestions:
>    * Prove William Blake's assertion that Milton was "of the Devil's party".
>    * Explore his speech for the freedom of the presses, the Areopagitica, is
> still relevant.
>    * Our statistics are crude and simple. Perhaps you'd like to search for
> which words are most popular in Paradise Lost?
> "
> In the guide template, can we swap hamlet_gut to paradise_lost? I don't know
> if it's worth taking the multi-view out as we don't have variations of texts
> in the files (AFAICS anyhow) - although I suppose if you wanted to view
> separate parts of a text to compare them, it could be useful.
> --
> Iain Emsley
> Blog: www.yatterings.com
> Mobile: 07942 259725

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