Abstract

STEP Transcriptor and STEP Text Comparator are two of several tools being developed to accompany the online Scholarly Text Editing Platform, a general solution that provides a complete transcription, editing, annotation, and layout workflow for scholarly editing projects. STEP Transcriptor has been designed and engineered to help transcribers encode complex texts easily while complying with TEI’s manuscript transcription encoding principles. The app (for Mac and Windows) takes care of nearly all of the tedious aspects of TEI encoding. It provides five distinct encoding methods (via pull-down menus, pop-up menus, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and specialized tagging cursors) that help insert tags, attributes, and values accurately while minimizing typing. Several specialized widgets automatically take care of especially complex encoding situations (including nested alterations and transpositions). STEP Transcriptor automatically creates lists of well-described alterations. It also provides a separate field to enter all sorts of descriptive tags, separately from transcriptive tags. Everything about the app is customizable: the content of menus, the selection of TEI tags, attributes, and values, even tag colors.

STEP Text Comparator is a less ambitious but equally handy tool. It allows editors to compare two versions of a same text at a time, whether variant texts of a same author, or a perfected transcription with its scholarly-edited variant, or a text with and without alterations. The comparison is done paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence, sentence segment by segment, and word by word. The software outputs a complete report about all variations (sorted by categories) and automatically creates editable apparatus lists usable for distinct purposes (lists of emendations, of rejected substantives, of alterations) in normal or TEI-XML form.

The poster presentation will display the key functionalities of each software.