I think a lot depends on where your creative bent wants to take you,
as long as there is some kind of a clear path or set of paths and a
reasonably standard rubric which creates a degree of predicatability,
esp. for the new comer.
A special module for the beginner to use for practise might be of value
if you have the energy/interest for it.
Good websites have a lot to do with depending on the viewer's
willingness to participate in the creativity of one's structure,
and there use his imagination to intuit what you are up to.
Other than the interested beginner, I suppose one can distinguish the
person on a deliberate quest for specific information, and the
person focussed generally on the topic for some practical
purposes as well as out of interest. Also, there would be the casual
or serendipitous explorer.
If your interest is in setting up a good, interesting, easily
navigable information source, then a good plan of the info you
want to include might be the best place to start.
If you are going beyond that, or in a more viewer first
direction, whereby the viewer can go with or without you
while the evening is laid out against the sky, then you are
venturing into a cybernetic relative of Joyce's ULLYSSES, I venture
to say. Should you want to go in such a direction, then you
may wish to keep in mind McLuhan's dictum about instant
response creating involvement in depth. Under such circumstances,
you might, at the presentation or entry level want to use a
map of TWL, rather than structuring the whole thing linearly
on the organisation of the poem. An intereactive map could
let a specific seeker hone in directly on the desired element,
and still let the curious mind explore with random access,
whatever looks attractive. Somehow I get the feeling that
random access is a mode that deserves VERY careful attention these
So those are my random, bare, unthoughtout, intuitive musings
on your valuable pursuit. I encourage you strongly to go
at it as you will, and to continue to bug us with your
I hope others will endeavour to supply you with postive mentations
from their considerable resources.
Dr. Peter C. Montgomery
Dept. of English
3100 Foul Bay Rd.
Victoria, BC CANADA V8P 5J2
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From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 2:46 PM
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Subject: Re: Annotation
Jennifer Formichelli wrote:
> I think a distinction should be made between commentary and editorial
> And of course, there is a difference between annotation
> and commentary. Any editor ought to distinguish between them.
Well, I'm an editor of sorts (website) but not professional so I may
be confused. Now that you've got me thinking about it this is how I
might differentiate using a TWL example.
Editorial matter - Translate "Poi s'ascose nel foco che li affina"
and say where it comes from.
Annotate - Give the story of the canto and mention where TSE and
others may have used it.
Commentary - Give an opinion of how the phrase and the allusion are
used in poem (in either an iterpretation or something slightly less
How'd I do? Guide me if you like.
> Here's my other question: I am rather uncertain that a volume of
> *commentary* is suitable for anyone less than rather familiar with
> what it is commentating on. How do you figure? And for editorial
> matter, well, I should think a beginner as well as a scholar might
> glean quite a lot from an excellent volume.
At my website I get to do all three and the reader can decide which to
even see by choosing which of several links to follow. Where I have
trouble is indicating what will be most productive for anyone but
especially for a beginner. Should I even bother with that? The
beginner can always ignore something too deep. In a book it would
probably be better to keep at the same level of difficulty if only to
be fair to see that the reader gets what he pays for. But the website
is free so that is a moot point. Any thoughts anyone?
P.S. Thanks for putting up with me bringing up up website so much
lately. I get very little feedback on it and next to no useful
criticism. I should be even more excited about this and probing more
but I've been in a mood where I've been having a hard time writing
and would have trouble keeping up my end.