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Re: Helpful Hints and Tools
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012, 09:27:02 pm »
Method for putting Library of Congress newspaper articles in forum posts.
  • Search it out at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
  • Enlarge and center the desired article; the search words will be highlighted at this point.
  • Click "Clip Image" icon (See attached.)  The image with heading ID lines opens in a new tab.
  • Copy/paste the 3 lines of text into your post.
  • Right click the clipped image, and copy its jpeg link with your browser, then insert that jpeg link into the forum's image icon codes.

Using "View: Text" on the original reader gives you an OCR Interpretation of the article.
Using "View: PDF" on the original reader gives you a PDF online picture of the entire page.

Using the clipped image "Print image" will give you a image doc with full IDs to print or save.
Using the clipped image "Download image" will give you the simple unidenitified article image to save.

Using the persistent link at any point returns you to the reader with the full correct page,
    this time without the search words highlighted.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2013, 08:25:29 pm by Randi »

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Re: Helpful Hints and Tools
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013, 09:21:10 am »
Page joining tool - for when the text you are trying to read is split over two pages

From propriome:

Hi there... for these cases I've just created a little helper.

It's an html page you can save on your desktop (or anywhere you like in your PC) and use from there with a normal web browser, I've tested it both on Firefox and IE (FF16 and IE8).

Just enter the left and right page urls and click on Load Images to see them joined in a 500+500 pixel (hoping it's enough) image of the center of the page...



And now, showing two full pages... ;)





Due to the current problems with attachments, propriome has stored them on a server:
http://owtools.scienceontheweb.net/owtools/OWCoupler.html
http://owtools.scienceontheweb.net/owtools/OWCouplerFull.html
You can use them directly online, or download them on the desktop (right click and "save page as").

Send a PM to propriome and me if you have any problems.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2016, 08:25:22 pm by Randi »

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Re: Helpful Hints and Tools
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 09:37:03 am »
How to look at log pages before and after the one you are working on

Sometimes it can be useful to look at pages before or after the page you are working on. If you have an unreadable weather code, you can look at the corresponding events page to see if that gives any hints about the weather (but never try to 'correct' what the log keeper wrote!). If you can't read a place name you can look at earlier and later pages to find another example of the name or information that will give you the general location of the place so that you can look on a map.



The first thing to do is to determine the URL of the image of the log page. This is NOT the same as the address at the top of the page you are transcribing. Follow the instructions under To link to a page in the logbooks: in Caro's post: Posting Links and Images (A Guide).

For this example, we will start with a weather page from Concord's log:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol012of040/vol012of040_094_0.jpg

Paste this address into a new tab or simply click on the link.

To look at the corresponding events page, simply change the last digit from a 0 to a 1:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol012of040/vol012of040_094_1.jpg

To look at the previous day's weather page:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol012of040/vol012of040_093_0.jpg

To look at the following day's events page:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol012of040/vol012of040_095_1.jpg

Page numbering does have some quirks, but the methods above are fairly reliable - until you reach the beginning (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol012of040/vol012of040_001_0.jpg) or the end (http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol012of040/vol012of040_201_1.jpg) of the log book!

Beyond this it varies greatly from ship to ship. You will have to experiment.
In this case, "vol012of040" is an obvious starting point. Note that there are two occurrences to change. Also, remember that it is possible that not all volumes are online.
You can see that volume 11 begins in February 1891:
http://oldweather.s3.amazonaws.com/ow3/final/USS%20Concord/vol011of040/vol011of040_007_1.jpg

Experiment and have fun!
« Last Edit: August 27, 2015, 09:31:55 pm by Randi »

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Re: Helpful Hints and Tools
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2014, 03:02:24 pm »
How to avoid losing your transcription by accident

Quote from: Hanibal94
I'm sure all of you know how frustrating it is when you accidentally hit the backspace button while in the middle of transcribing a page and lose all your progress.
Well, I've got good news: There's an easy way to prevent this.

1. Go to the ship's homepage, e.g. http://www.oldweather.org/ships/500dc362cd0db40002000455
2. Hold down Ctrl and click "Transcribe logs". This will open the transcribing interface in a whole new tab with no history - in other words, hitting the backspace button does nothing.
3. Transcribe!

It works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer. Don't know about other browsers.


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Session restore
Fx 2.0 only: As a blogger and web mail user, it breaks my heart to recount how many times I've composed a long post or email message, then accidentally closed the tab or browser and lost all my work. No more! With Firefox 2, set the browser.startup.page key to 3 to restore your browsing session - with form entries intact! - every time you start your browser or undo close tab after a wayward click. Note: By default, Firefox 2 automatically restores your session if your browser crashes - but this does it every time you restart your browser normally.

... I tried it and it works. It always brings you back to your last session on startup. The site describes other features too.
This is a bit more complicated and it only works for Firefox. However, it also works in other cases.
If, as I have occasionally done, you click on "Learn more" when you meant to click on "I've finished with this page" or you forget to change tabs before searching for more information on a place mentioned, you can use the back arrow to return to your transcription.
If, on the other hand, you accidentally hit the back space key, then you can use the forward arrow to return to your transcription.


To stop over enthusiastic use of the Backspace key (on those very rare  ;) occassions when I need to correct input) causing the previous web page to be displayed thus losing everything you've input  >:(. I use

Backspace::
send {left}{del}
return
« Last Edit: April 02, 2015, 01:19:28 pm by Randi »

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Re: Helpful Hints and Tools
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2014, 11:37:37 am »
How to create a very small entry box

Sometimes, as when entering a list of names, you need to do many small boxes. However, there is a limit to how small a box you can draw. If you make the box shorter than that limit, the box will go to a default size. This was done because there was a problem with minuscule boxes being created if you accidentally moved the mouse while clicking.

Maikel has found a way around this problem:
When you draw a box the first time it will have a minimum size.
Afterwards you can scale it down to a much smaller size.
Go to the [lower right-hand corner] of the box with your mouse and, once you see the cursor change to an arrow like symbol, you can drag the box to a smaller size.

Another trick, if you have many names to do.
Once you've scaled down the box and entered the name, reopen the box for editing.
No need to change anything, just click cancel.
Now the size of the box is remembered, so click (don't drag) where you want the next name, and the small box is shown.