Updates to CroALa: new texts, new search interface

At the end of 2023, Croatiae auctores Latini, a digital collection of Latin texts connected with Croatia, received a (long overdue) update, 15 years after it was launched, ten years after the last update. A number of new texts were added (by Matthias Flacius Illyricus, Paulus Paladinus, Ilija Crijević, Ioannes Rosanus) and many small corrections …

Subscribing to Zotero feeds

Research groups use Zotero to share bibliographies (also to organize them using folders and tags). Groups can, however, decide to make bibliographies public as well, so Zotero users who are not group members can still access a bibliography, browse it, and export items of interest into their own collections. I tried to do so for …

Testing for Unicode entities from certain blocks

Texts in CroALa sometimes come from OCR (e. g. done by Google Books). Such texts may include unwanted homographs, or homoglyphs — Cyrillic a instead of Latin a, with further problems in searching, parsing, lemmatizing etc. To clean this up, an XSL stylesheet testing for Unicode blocks comes handy. See the Github Gist of the …

Scraping XML from CAMENA

CAMENA – Latin Texts of Early Modern Europe was a great project at the University of Mannheim. The project ended in 2011, making available many thousands of pages of Neo-Latin texts, not only by German authors. Some of the texts are available in a machine-readable XML form, though (as the project carefully warns) the texts …

Analysing XML with BaseX

TEI XML, often used for encoding texts in the humanities, actually carries in its elements certain semantic load. This means that just knowing which elements are used for encoding a file could provide some basic information about the file and its salient points. We decided to experiment with two XQuery functions. One, currently called croala-analist, …

Index of saints in Croatian Latin school drama

Saints often appear as characters in Croatian Latin school drama (which is mostly Jesuit). Here is how we index them in our digital bibliography. (A more technical note here.) St Marianus, hermit and confessor of Berry, has until now received no identifier on the internet (though Fr Labbé wrote a page on him, available as …

Index personarum in CroALaBib

The bibliography branch of the Croatica et Tyrolensia project collects data on people and works connected with Croatian Latin. Following recommendations from the Cookbook of the SNAP:DRGN project, we have started putting our digital data online in a slightly more usable form (currently it exists in an XML database). The SNAP:DRGN Cookbook says: The first …

Technical note: installing PhiloLogic 4 on localhost

PhiloLogic, developed by the ARTFL Project and the Digital Library Development Center at the University of Chicago, is an excellent system for serving and querying XML texts. CroALa and LatTy are currently deployed using PhiloLogic 3, but version 4 is almost ready to be published; try it out on Github (github.com/ARTFL-Project/PhiloLogic4). Some notes on how …

Technical note: XSLT to number elements consecutively across parent elements

What follows is a solution to an XSLT problem. The problem: in an XML document, we want to number consecutively elements which share a grandparent element, but not parent. The document contains multiple grandparents. In each we want to restart the counter (imagine a book with chapters which have section; we want to number paragraphs …

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