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Using the Manuscript Image Viewer
Using the DIAMM Manuscript Image Search
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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 is open.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 screen.
  4. Clicking this symbol will reset the image to the default level of zoom, i.e. completely zoomed out.
  5. 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 red box.

The next image shows what the Image Viewer looks like once the zoom level has been increased:

  1. 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 screen.
  2. 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 main image.

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 down list.
  • 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.

Examples

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:

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