Using the Manuscript Image Viewer
Due to the extensive use of Java programming language throughout the website, some browsers do not function optimally when
using the manuscript image viewer. Safari (Mac) is one browser in which the commenting tools lack some features. For Mac users
we recommend the free browser, Firefox
Registered users of the DIAMM website have access to very high quality images of
the original manuscripts. Because of the size of these images, they are
displayed using a special image viewer which ensures that they can be quickly
downloaded. The image viewer offers a number of tools which allow you to zoom in
to a very high level of detail, and navigate around the image. Please note that in order to use the Image Viewer your browser must have
support for the Macromedia Flash player, version 6 or later. If you do
not have the plugin installed, you will find instructions on how to obtain it
from the Macromedia website
The following image illustrates what you might typically see when using the
viewer. Please note that the appearance will vary very slightly depending on the
type of computer (for example, Mac or PC) and the web browser you are using. This help page was composed
before the inclusion of commenting tools in the image-viewer, but use of these tools should be apparent when the image-viewer
- The grey triangle can be clicked (PC users: using the left mouse button)
and dragged to the right to increase the level of zoom. Moving to the right will zoom in to the image;
moving to the left will zoom out.
- The plus and minus buttons offer a second way of controlling the level of
zoom, but are easier to use for finer adjustments. Clicking the plus sign
will zoom in to the image, clicking the minus sign zooms out.
- The arrows can be used to pan the image around. This is important when you
have increased the zoom level since much of the image will run off the
- Clicking this symbol will reset the image to the default level of zoom,
i.e. completely zoomed out.
- This smaller representation of the manuscript image remains in the top
left hand corner of the screen. When you have zoomed in, the portion of the
overall image you are viewing is indicated on this part of the screen by a
The next image shows what the Image Viewer looks like once the zoom level has
- The pointer appears when you move your mouse over the image. By clicking
(PC users: using the left mouse button) and dragging the mouse, the image
can be panned around freely to reveal parts of the image which are off the
- The red box here represents the portion of the complete image visible. The
box can be dragged around by clicking and dragging with the mouse to pan the
Using the DIAMM Manuscript Image Search
The Image Search interface provides a quick way to isolate and compare
manuscripts which share common features. It is possible to search against single
or multiple predefined criteria.
- Archive City: to restrict your search to manuscripts
from a particular city where archives are kept, select a city from the drop
- Archive / Manuscript [only available if an Archive
City is selected]: If you elect to narrow your search by Archive City, by
default the search will span only the archives within the selected city. The
Archive / Manuscript fields allow you to further
refine your search by specifiying, first, a particular archive within an Archive City, and second, by selecting a specific
manuscript within that archive. Select the Archive
using the first (left-most) drop down box, and the Manuscript using the second (right-most) drop down box. Note that
the Manuscript can only be specified if a particular Archive has been selected.
- Century / Provenance: to search across the archive
for images according to Century and / or Provenance these fields may be
used. If desired, it is possible to combine searching by Century and / or Provenance with specific
Archive City, Archive and Manuscript criteria.
- It is not possible to perform a search without specifying at least one search criterion.
To list all images of manuscripts from Arundel dated to the 12th century:
To list all images of manuscripts of unspecified archive dated to the 9th
century and having Irish provenance:
To list images from a specific manuscript: