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Women Writers Project Textbase Delivery 

Brown University Women Writers Project Home Page 

STG lead(s): Julia Flanders

Women Writers Project texts have long been made available to scholars and students as printouts from the textbase, generated with Waterloo Script from the encoded texts by a series of conversion routines developed by Syd Bauman.

With the 1999 DynaWeb publication of Women Writers Online, the entire textbase has been made available on the Web to institutional and individual subscribers. Carole Mah programmed a custom interface based on DynaWeb's basic delivery software, including a detailed search interface that exploits the WWP's markup and metadata, and displays that allow manipulation of search results. Paul Caton designed a set of style sheets using CSS which produce consistent Web display of a complex range of textual features and renditions. Kim Plofker wrote a set of conversion routines that preprocess the SGML data and prepare it for delivery with DynaWeb while preserving the original data intact. Included in these routines are regularization of Biblical references and conversion of letter-level markup to word-level markup.

Access to the online textbase is provided to licensees through a user authentication system developed by Richard Goerwitz. It accommodates both IP addresses and passwords.

Giovanna Roz developed an online system for ordering print copies of texts and a general catalogue of available materials and works in progress. 

The Brown University Women Writers Project's main undertaking is an SGML-encoded full-text database of pre-Victorian women's writing in English. This collection currently includes nearly 200 texts representing a broad cross-section of the literate culture of pre-Victorian Britain. The WWP supports teaching and research in a wide variety of disciplines such as English, history, women's studies, comparative literature, and religious studies. 

Principal Investigator(s) or Parent Project Lead(s):
Allen Renear
Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University 

Research domains: electronic publishing 
Type: tool 
Components and related resources:
Licensing and Access to Women Writers Online 

STG involvement initiated: 1999   Status:maintenance 

  Record last modified: 13-Sep-2005 

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