Our mission is to produce continuous texts for reading, rather than to
reproduce page images. At the same time, however, we want to preserve
as much of the flavor of the original text as possible.
- Do not include page headers and page footers.
- Include the title in mixed case, even if it is
all capitalized in the original text, on a line all by itself.
- Put the first word of a chapter on a line all by itself.
Do not capitalize the whole first word of a chapter, even if it is
capitalized in the original text. Capitalize only the first letter of
the first word.
- Preserve paragraphing by separating paragraphs with a blank line.
- At the place in the text where a page break occurs,
put the page number on a line all by itself. If a page break
occurs at a paragraph break, put one blank line, followed by a line
containing the page number all by itself.
- Do not add blanks ( ) at the beginning of paragraphs
to force paragraph indentation. This will be
handled in the style sheet used in displaying the text.
- Do not preserve line breaks. Preserve hyphens in
words crossing line boundaries only if the word is
ordinarily hyphenated in the text.
- Keep text lines under 60 characters, to make editing easier.
- Preserve hyphens in words that do not cross line
breaks, even if they are not hyphenated in modern usage
(for example, "to-day").
- Preserve spelling, even when it seems antiquated (for example,
"labour" instead of "labor").
If you see an obvious misspelling or typographical error,
include a note in square brackets about the change that you
think should be made. For example,
[should be . instead of ,]
- As a general rule, preserve punctuation.
For quotes, use straight quotes (both single and double) in all cases.
When a single quote and double quotes appear right next to each other,
insert a (non-breaking space) between them for readability.
For a double dash or long dash, use the em dash (—), with no
spaces on either side of it. For example, do this, "him—for shame—but"
rather than this, "him — for shame — but".
- Be careful not to conclude a line with a hyphen or an em dash (—)
unless it is the last line in a paragraph. If you do, unwanted white space
will occur after the hyphen or em dash.
- Preserve special characters if at all possible. This includes letters
with accents. Use character
entities or numeric entities for characters that you don't have
a symbol for on your keyboard. Refer to
Latin-1 Character Set Definition
for the numeric and character entities that you can use to
cause special characters to display.
- Preserve italics by bracketing italic text with
<I> and </I> tags.
- Preserve bold text by bracketing bold text with
<B> and </B> tags.
- Preserve text in smallcaps by bracketing text with
<? SmallCaps("text") ?>.
- Put each line of a poem on a separate line,
Separate stanzas by a blank line.
- Let me know if you come across any formatting issues
that I haven't covered.