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Old 04-17-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Eddison, Eric Rucker: The Worm Ouroboros. v4. 22 June 2011

Initial attempt at Eric Rucker Eddison's "The Worm Ouroboros":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worm_Ouroboros

The 1922 publication date means this is in the public domain, I think.

Taken from here:

http://www.manybooks.net/titles/eddi...060602051.html

with plenty of my own additions, including some additional semantic metadata; nicely styled frontmatter and Chapter headings/ intro's/ poems; rather ropey cover page based on the 1922 flycover (if there is an artist out there willing to donate a proper cover, that would be much appreciated!); table of contents (of course!); "fancy" single and double quotes; decapitalisation of the first word of each chapter and addition of "dropped" characters; and a few typos fixed.

Note that the automatic addition of single quotes is problematic at the best of times and needs quite a lot of manual checking due to the ambiguity of apostrophes and single quote marks; in The Worm Ouroboros, things are even worse due to the huge amount of apostrophes all over the place ("'Tis", "'Twas" - even "it" often gets abbreviated to "i'"!). I've added all these as exceptions and given it a fair checking over, but if you find any that have slipped through the net, please let me know!

Edit:

v2

Sigh - another bunch of fixes, including missing poem formatting, plenty of manual single-quote fixes, and a slightly tweaked cover. Why do I always spot these things just after I upload?

v3

Fix a huge bunch of instances of "hath" coming out as "bath"(!). Probably some other minor fixes, there, too

v4

Don't hard-code font-sizes into common tags as it treads over user's reader settings; fix a bunch of instances of "Carcë" being rendered as "Carce"; when dropping a line beginning with a quote, drop both the quote and the subsequent letter. Thanks to shall1028!
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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Thank you for this, my paper copy is beaten up to the point the cover is falling off so I'm happy to replace it with an e-copy.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thank you for this, my paper copy is beaten up to the point the cover is falling off so I'm happy to replace it with an e-copy.
You're welcome I've just attached a new version, and uploaded an all-in-one version here:

http://www.etotheipiplusone.com/worm.../all_out.xhtml

for proof-reading. Please report any mistakes you find against that
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Old 06-22-2011, 12:32 AM   #4
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Wish I would have seen this before reading the Gutenberg version. It appears you did a really fine job on it.
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A few of fixes
  • Chapter 2: The Wrastling for Demonland the drop cap should be "H not just the "
  • Chapter 7: the chapter title should be Guests of the King in Carcë
  • In the CSS file it might be better not to use font-size: small or font-size: medium, etc.
  • Certainly the p.para and p.para_noindent should not use font-size: small (or any other setting that sets it below or above 100% or 1em) as I get to choose how big the typeface for everyday paragraphs is via my reader's settings
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Wish I would have seen this before reading the Gutenberg version. It appears you did a really fine job on it.
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A few of fixes
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Updated; many thanks! Let me know if I've missed any
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