The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Saturday, Debtember 11, 1999

2b|~2b

Some more ramblings on Hypertext.

The work I did on the King James Bible was partly a result of wanting to reference a portion of a much larger work. After I was done with that, my eye then turned towards Shakespeare. It'd be nice to say something like:

http://literature.conman.org/Shakespeare/Hamlet.III.i.56-64

And get:

To be, or not to be,—that is the question:—
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them?—To die,—to sleep,—
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wisht. To die,—to sleep;—

Ah, but the problem with Shakespeare, or rather, with the notation used to reference part of his plays, deals with what constitutes a countable line:

MARCELLUS.

Peace, break thee off; look, where it comes again!

Enter GHOST

BERNARDO.

In the same figure, like the king that's dead.

MARCELLUS.

Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio.

BERNARDO.

Looks it not like the king? mark it, Horatio.

HORATIO.

Most like:—it harrows me with fear and wonder.

Hamlet, I.i.40-44

It's basically lines that are spoken that are counted. So line 40 is actually “Pease, break thee off; look, where it comes again!” It's not the line that says MARCELLUS.

Makes for an interesting project.

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