Encoded three reviews and the second half of one article, getting a good jump on vol 27. 120 minutes.
Category: "Activity log"
Everything is always provisional, of course, but I've done everything assigned to me, and also finished the cover and sent it to the print shop to make sure they're OK with it. Fingers crossed. 180 minutes.
Per editors, I've changed the way refs for blockquotes are handled in both the HTML and the PDF, and tested the results; I've also added Schematron rules constraining the use of italics for foreign words, and handled the fallout. I think we have both a clear and coherent policy based on Chicago 17 and a working set of safeguards that prevents (for example) proper nouns from being tagged as foreign (based on capitalization), and the same word or phrase being tagged twice in the same document. The Schematron enabled me to catch a lot more proper nouns that hadn't been noticed yet, and the second rule caught many repeated italicizations in the same text. There is a little bit of fancy footwork to do with the tagging of German, because regular German nouns are capitalized even when they're not proper; one article has a lot of those, and I've solved that by adding a language German language attribute to the tag which turns off the rule.
I have a lot more minor corrections from the last proofing to do, and there is one outstanding question relating to what rendering should be used with epigraphs; waiting to hear from HT on that. This volume may take another couple of weeks. 240 minutes.
Finished a rendering of the cover in Inkscape, and it looks pretty good. It took quite a while to get the fonts, weights and sizes to match the original, but I'm pleased with it. The output PDF has marks and bleeds, hopefully big enough (we'll need to run it by the print shop). The way I've done it follows the model of the Illustrator structure, but I can now see that a much better approach would be to build the front and back covers as individual groups, and make the spine a separate block, so that it's trivial to change the spine width. I'll do that for the next one. 120 minutes.
For many years now, I've been creating each journal issue cover (once a year) on a Mac that happened to be running an old version of Adobe Creative Suite, and which (it turns out) happened to have all the specific fonts the Illustrator file required. That Mac is now gone, so I've been trying to find a way to edit this year's cover. First I got a copy of the current Illustrator installed in a Windows VM; even after handling all the missing fonts by laboriously searching out substitutes, I was unable to save changes to the file because Illustrator claimed the document dimensions were out of range (they're not; it's about 6" by 9" and has worked for years on old versions of Illustrator). Next, we tried to get our original copy of Illustrator installed on the scanner machine; that eventually worked after GN was able to retrieve ISOs of the now-broken CDs from Rutabaga. However, there are still missing fonts, which we can't get access to.
Finally, I decided that in the interests of being able to pass the project on to a successor at another institution in 2022 (as is the plan), I would rebuild the whole thing in Inkscape. I'm about half-way through, and it's looking good so far, although it's very pernicketty and will take another few hours. Still not sure if I'll be able to get the pantone blue right...
Did the BSK article; a few more questions for HT added to the growing list. 90 minutes.
Worked through the proofing corrections for another couple of articles. 90 minutes.
Made a huge number of edits on vol 26; I've now finished the editorial material and the first section (of five). I also had to rewrite some code to enable creation of a Dedication page in the form requested by the guest editor, and reorganize and debug a lot. There are conflicting edits from the two editors due to overlap in the final proofing, which is confusing and time-consuming. There is a LOT more to do here, unfortunately. 300 minutes.
The proofing changes came back for vol 26, and it turns out they involve all sorts of unanticipated alterations to the layout, which will take some coding rewrites. I've made a start, but there's a lot still to do in addition to the regular fixes for typos etc. 240 hours.
I've now done everything in my to-do list, leaving only three outstanding questions, which are with the editors. 180 minutes.
Did it all in one go to get it out of the way. Rebuilt everything and pushed to the server. Now I just have to go through my remaining TODOs to see if anything is left outstanding. 180 minutes.
After DG revealed that he had sent me the wrong version of an article for encoding, I have to start again with it. I've prepped the word-processor doc, done the bibliography, and started into the first section. 60 minutes.
In the process, wrote and tweaked more Schematron, and fixed things it found in other articles. There are about seven outstanding questions, but we can go to press without answers to them if necessary. 120 minutes.
In the process I've written a few more Schematron rules and fixed all the fallout resulting from them in other articles for this issue. Things are tightening up. 140 minutes.
It still needs a French version of the author's short affiliation, which wasn't supplied. 40 minutes.
One question on alphabetization outstanding. 60 minutes.
Implemented the new category "preface" for documents that should be processed as though they were articles, but shouldn't be preceded by an Articles page. Seems to be working OK. Then did SH corrections, all except for the references (which will be a lot of work too). 180 minutes.
It's a bit slow because of lots of footnotes with links to page refs in other articles. 90 minutes.
This is the last one to be encoded. I've done some automated stuff in the ODT document and encoded the references; just the article and footnotes to do. 90 minutes.
This volume is unusual in having many translators, most of whom need to be credited in the contributor list. I've devised a setup whereby their bio information goes into the notesStmt of the volume document, and is harvested from there into the contributor list. 60 minutes.
This was a long and complicated one; the Schematron is doing a lot to catch errors, though. 120 minutes.
Encoded the Gerpla bibliography. The only problem is with some Japanese text, which if it needs to be included will need some work to pick out a font that matches and subset it. That may not be worth the trouble for a small section of Japanese that is not likely to be readable by our audience. Waiting for feedback from editors. 120 minutes.
This gets one task off the plate. Next is finishing the large bibliography. 60 minutes.
Did the next batch of corrections on HK article, and tweaked two Schematron rules, which resulted in hundreds of corrections for en dashes between page ranges across the whole collection. Results published. 120 minutes.
Got the final corrections to BB's article done, and some tweaks to others; more stuff came in, and my TODOs have now been checked and re-organized. 60 minutes.
3 vol 27 reviews have their latest corrections.
The situation with validation of the various documents over the years has become complicated, so I've refactored it, so that documents from volumes 19 and below are validated only against the RNG schema (and all are valid), while those from 20 and above are validated against both the Schematron and the RNG schema. This involved quite a few fixes to many documents, but they were mainly minor (straight apostrophes to curly, rewriting biblStructs as bibls) with no impact on output. Other changes that do affect output included non-substantive (fixes to page-ranges to conform with Chicago; removing spaces around em dashes; etc.) and substantive (changing US to Canadian spelling). For substantive changes, I've added the appropriate revision elements, so the site will document them. I've also entered corrections to three articles and rebuilt the site, as well as working through the TODO folder so I know where to go from here.
Master volume documents are also now valid, so validating the whole collection is straightforward.
Entered corrections for two articles, and built and uploaded them; did a little more work on the Schematron; had some correspondence with both editors.
Tagged a vol 27 article and another vol 27 review, bringing me up to date with all outstanding vol 27 stuff. That will let me concentrate on vol 26 for a little while.
JN is moving forward with vol 14 quite quickly; I've built and rebuilt the PDFs for her to proof with, and fixed a couple of issues. I've also entered corrections for two articles and tagged three fresh reviews, two of which are up for proofing, while the third waits on a question to HT about bibliography vs inline refs.
Reactivated the lapsed ticket, and now ER is moving the process forward; I think he has everything he needs from our end, so this should go ahead soon.
Short article with a small biblio, so a good test for building everything on the new machine; no problems there.
As JN proceeds with her tagging of volume 14, we're discovering that there are lots of cases in which the old volumes do things that we don't currently allow (such as putting footnotes in article titles). I've had to add processing for those things. I'm developing separate guidelines for encoding these old articles on the basis that they're never going to get the fully-detailed encoding I usually do, but they need enough to ensure that they're rendered correctly, and at a pinch, this documentation could be provided to a future encoder replacing me on this journal, since it will work just fine for rapid encoding.
JN starts tomorrow, so in preparation I have:
- Created an XML encoding framework in the context of the scanning subfolder, with templates, validation and schemas copied from the main XML folder.
- Considerably simplified the RNG schema, which has all sorts of unwanted stuff. Much more to do here.
- Written the first few pages of an encoding guidelines document which will eventually form the basis of a proper set of encoding guidelines for anyone who inherits this project.
To provide HT with three articles to proof over the vacation, entered the corrections I had in my TODO; also updated bios in other articles, and published rebuild.
Articles all published online after the successful print of the book.
Four distinct rebuilds of volume 25 after the proofing copy came back from the printers and we identified more issues. Are we there yet? Fingers crossed.
A bit more back-and-forth with HT and MB, but we're now ready, I think. Added final page numbers to article files.
Last corrections and queries dealt with over the weekend; rebuilt PDFs and P5, and rebuilt XAR and published. Then HT found more typos, which I fixed, finding some more myself in the process. There are still two questions waiting for an answer, but once they're done, I think we're ready.
Noticed a spacing issue on the cover; with feedback from HT, fixed it appropriately, and also tweaked a couple of other things.
Contacted the print shop, gave them last time's invoice number and they generated a new quote for me including the spine width for the number of pages this time. Did one iteration of the cover, then found an error in one of the articles which affected the title, so had to regenerate the TOC and build the new one into the cover. Should be good to go now, unless there are pagination changes. Also fixed a bug in programming which was neglecting to include the bio for the editor, who also has an article in there so needs to be included.
Did all the remaining volume 25 corrections; only two questions remain outstanding as far as I can tell, on the Teitelbaum article. Also ran through all the title glosses in volumes 25, 26 and 27 to set them to sentence case, per Chicago.
Entered JC's corrections. Three questions outstanding with author/editors.
Went through the latest. A couple of questions still outstanding.
Did the first four batches of corrections from HT for vol 25. There are outstanding questions for the guest editor throughout, though.
Finished the last article, encoded the editor's intro, and published for proofing. Rebuilt the PDF with new doc order and last doc included, and sent to HT.
Did the bibliography and a few pages of the content. Going steadily.
Went through my TODO folder checking and removing obsolete stuff; started on some corrections to Kress, but hit some issues so contacted DG; then the final vol 25 article came in, so I did the word-processor work on it, and set up the initial framework file.
Finished this article mainly to ensure that we keep moving forward, but partly to check that it's possible to install/configure/use the FO converter outside my desktop, and that I can build a new XAR remotely if I need to. (I wouldn't risk uploading a XAR from outside UVic, though.)
This one is really messy so far; very short bibliography, but it's all over the place so it's taken me hours, and I still have lots of missing info and questions outstanding. :-(
A lot of corrections were stacking up, so I've done a bunch of them this morning.
This pushes us much closer to completion for volume 26.
Did the first half of the body.
Setup done, metadata done, bibliography done. Some extra work resequencing biblio items which were out of order.
This one took an inordinately long time due to the enormous bibliography (44 items) and the need to rewrite bits of it to switch saga items from being indexed under Anonymous to being listed under the saga title.
DG sent me a list of clarifications, which I've now done, and the latest content has been published.
...for the Eysteinsson article; two questions outstanding with editor.
I've done the ODT pre-processing for article 12.
Did all the style-based search-and-replace inline tagging I could do, and put the notes inline with XSLT, working in an ODT copy of the file.
Completed the Andrésson article and posted it for proofing.
ODT-based encoding done, file created, bibliography encoded, metadata done, opening done.
Completed the next one, which is now in proofing.
Lots of formatting issues in this one, so it took a while.
Got metadata, abstract (too long) and first few items of bibliography done.
It's now relatively straightforward to do a lot of markup in an automated way in LO, so I've done that for the next article (10). XML setup and bibliography come next.
Per HT, we want to use the decorative drop-cap whenever possible in articles and review articles, so I've added a Schematron rule that requires either the drop-cap or a comment explaining why it's not there; I've also added it to all the vol 25 and 26 articles (although it may not work for some of them, due to the oddities of their initial components).
Epigraphs are now handled in both HTML and PDF output.
Eysteinsson article is not far off now.
Set up the next article and encoded its bibliography (which is still missing a lot of stuff such as page-ranges). Encountered a problem with the fact that this is a translated article; we've never had a situation before where a translator must be credited alongside the author, and it needs changes to the processing. I've done that for the PDF and HTML output, but it'll need some proper checking to make sure I haven't introduced unexpected changes to existing files.
Useful set of issues raised by DG regarding styling of cf., sagas which are contained in anthologies, and other similar things. The discussion will result in some Schematron rules, I expect, as well as updates to our author guidelines.
Did my style-based search-and-replaces on the ODT version. This one is long and complicated.
Entered author's proofing corrections.
Now up for proofing.
Set up XML of Ferrari article, and encoded header, abstract and bibliography.
Started work on the Ferrari article, which is very dense with italics and so on; wrote an XSLT script to inline all the notes automatically by processing the content.xml from inside the ODT file, which will save a lot of time. Pre-tagged a bunch of titles.
Two from vol 26 are now done.
Another couple of sections done.
Set up the Crocker article for vol 26, and tagged the bibliography, which took a long time since it was in a different format and had no publication place info. WorldCat is a blessing.
Posted for proofing.
Did about half of the Arthur article, which is going well; then worked on the P5 transformation, which was resulting in invalid files for all sorts of reasons. Got it all fixed.
Metadata, abstract, author info and complete bibliography done for Arthur article. It's a complicated one.
Lots of stuff still to do.
Contributor notes updated per HT; encoded the latest review for vol 27.
Entered corrections for another of the Vol 27 reviews, and encoded yet another.
Started working on corrections to vol 27 reviews. Lots of questions outstanding with one of the authors.
Went through Oxygen and SVN, and she's done about 12 pages so far.
Met with HT and LS to plan the latter's work proofing the remaining volumes of OCR (vols 1-6, 13 and 14). She'll start tomorrow, so I'll set her up with SVN instructions etc.
Implemented the three-em dash for repeated authors in all outputs, and rebuilt as appropriate; schematron now insists on it for issues 25+.
There are still some questions outstanding with the author. This one also raised the possibility of using the genuine 3-em dash U+2E3B for repeated authors, instead of our current practice of using a regular em dash. Waiting for word on that too.
These were quite extensive and detailed, and also involved adding some handling for subscripting to be used in chemical formulas (CO2).
Some abstracts were a little long, and they were a bit inconsistent in style; HT has tweaked most of them, and I entered those tweaks and rebuild everything.
To make it easier and more reliable to track the progress of work on a volume, I've written a simple diagnostic that produces a report on all outstanding work on the volume documents.
Vol 27 review encoded and posted for proofing.
Did the combined HT/JA corrections for the Allen article, and also addressed a long-standing issue with validation of subsets of the documents: adding @xml:base to the TEI.2 element in the RelaxNG allows validation of the master volume document, comprising all the sub-documents, which is easier to manage when you make a global schema or schematron change that should be applied to all the current articles. This will speed the process of standardization. Also implemented some decisions arising out of the Teitelbaum corrections.
The corrections in the Teitelbaum article provided lots of opportunities for Schematron rules, and those in turn generated other corrections to vol 25 articles, all now done. There are some questions still outstanding with HT and the author.
Did HT's corrections, and added new Schematron to catch bibliography styling problems.
We now have a clearer policy on ellipses, and I've embedded it in the Schematron and fixed some errors resulting.
Complicated integration of two sets of corrections; took a while.
That's the last one that was in the pipeline for vol 27 so far.
Detailed final proofing corrections from gen ed, with comments from author; two questions still outstanding.