joined:June 25, 2006
Hi again - weeks, you are absolutely right. Paying someone else w/ Quark is probably best. One caveat - What kind of copy are you going to give them anax? If you pay the quark user to do typesetting & layout, that's one thing. But if he has to actually type up the document itself, from a handwritten paper in medieval characters, or translate latin to unicode fonts, it's really going to cost, i think. So i would like to add that if you decide to type it all up for them 1st, in proper unicode fonts, then check out the MUFI site. You will find a keyboard layout for osx that handles all the character regions of unicode you need to use. I failed to install it properly somehow & so couldn't test it 1st, but it's there. Instructions indicate complex keybindings to memorize. But if you have to type up the basic document 1st ( so you don't have to pay alot for the job to the quarkist ) then it's worth a shot.
I highly recommend you explore every link on the MUFI site. Drill down through every single link. It's amazing. I found all kinds of amazing things. Alan Wood's Unicode Resources has alot of stuff too. Check out his reviews of editors.
Also, i did a search for ocr unicode. I found this software - ABBYY FineReader XIX for Fraktur
I have to say, the pricing structure is outrageous & you won't be buying it even if you can afford quark, but check it out anyway.
I then searched & found out Fraktur is a german font used up to WW2, wich is part of a group called gothic, or 'blackletter'. Gutenberg created font 'textura' for his bible. It's a blackletter font too.
I have 2000 .tiff pages in renaissance english blackletter, & 5000 in a kind of 'antiqua' ( easier to read & became more popular) wich i am working on. Annotating every page for publication on the web. So your question really spurred me to do alittle research. I found something really cool at 'Jeff Lee's Computer Typography.
He used some old books to create 2 fonts. jslblackletter & jslancient. One is an exact duplicate of the font in the 1598 blackletter book i'm annotating & the other is almost identical to the 1625 antiqua book i'll be doing after. I'll bet it's close to your font too. For a pdf it's great. Readers would need to install them to do any processing w/ the pages you present, but as a pdf download just for reading, these are very very authentic. Best, they are absolutely free!
Also check out 'junicode' available from MUFI site. They have extracted & partially redesigned all the characters for medievalists from the entire unicode repertoire. Many are nicer looking. Especially the 'long S' etc. Unicode's are quite blocky looking.
After you install junicode, when fontbook opens, you need to switch from 'sample' to 'repertoire' in the 'view' (? i think that's the one) menu to get all the characters onscreen. Or look in character palette.
As you can see, i'm into all this pretty heavily, so please post the results of your search for the best editor. I'll need to know myself. I just bought my 1st domains & i'm working exclusively on getting my 1st site up now. Maybe you can sticky me w/ an email address & we can talk offline. Bye.