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This page gives a short overview of the features in the Manuscript Desk. This overview assumes that you are logged in, and have privileges to access all the features in the Manuscript Desk.

Creating New Manuscript Pages

Manuscript pages can contain any content, from any author, as long as the image format is either .jpg or .jpeg. Manuscript pages can also be added to a collection. A collection is simply a way for the user to specify that different manuscript pages belong together, because the pages are, for example, part of the same book.

New manuscript pages can be created in Special:NewManuscript.

Editing Manuscript Pages

Once you have uploaded your first manuscript page, you have the ability to edit its content. When you click on the 'Edit' button, you will see the TEI-editor, in which you can add TEI-tags to your page by clicking the corresponding tag buttons. If the tag you want is not available in one of the buttons, you can still use the tag by typing it manually.

Zoom Viewer

The zoom viewer requires flash player. If you do not have it availalbe, you can download it here. If the flash player does not work for you, you can use the javascript viewer instead.


In the top-right corner of the editor, you can see 'maximise/minimise' buttons that allow you to transcribe your manuscript page in full-screen mode.

Additional Editor Features

When saving the page, you can choose to view a preview, to show the changes to the current page, and to choose to watch the page. Watching the page is a way in which you can keep track of the changes made to the current page. You can always see the changes made to pages that you are currently watching in your watchlist. For additional documentation on this feature, see the mediawiki documentation.


Collections are a way in which multiple manuscript pages can be tied together. A collection can be specified when creating a new manuscript page. T

Collection Metadata

The collection name is visible underneath the manuscript page name. If you are the owner (the creator) of the collection, you also have the ability to edit the collection metadata, which can be viewed on the bottom of every page belonging to that collection. You can do this by either clicking on the 'Edit Collection Metadata' link on the manuscript page, or by navigating to the collection page using your user page.

Going To Previous/Next Page Within a Collection

If you have more than 2 pages in your collection, these pages will be ordered alphabetically, and on each of the manuscript pages belonging to the collection, a button will appear to navigate to the previous/or next page of the collection. If the ordering is not right, you have the ability to change the title of one or more of the manuscript pages in the collection by navigating to the collection page using your user page.

The Collection Page

The collection page, which you can navigate to using your user page also shows every page created in the collection, their creation date, and the current metadata of the collection.

Adding Page Specific Metadata

If the metadata you want to add is specific for a single page, you can add this metadata by, for example, writing the following block in the bottom of the transcription of the manuscript page:

opentagpagemetatableclosetag Watermarks:=Example Recto Verso:=Example opentagslashpagemetatableclosetag

Replace the words with actual tags. If succesfull, you will see additional entries above your collection metadata table.

Collating Manuscript Pages

Overview Pages

Standard MediaWiki features and Additional Documentation

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