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  • dearing@humnet.ucla.edu
    It is ironic that those commenting on the accuracy of Reuben Swanson s collations misspelled his name. Why not ask Scholars Press to publish an annual leaflet
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2 7:31 AM
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      It is ironic that those commenting on the accuracy of Reuben Swanson's
      collations misspelled his name.
      Why not ask Scholars Press to publish an annual leaflet referring to
      previously published lists of errata and adding new findings?
      It is, incidentally, not completely impossible for lists of errata
      to have errors in them. Workers in English literature are familiar with the
      phenomenon.
      And why not agree on a system of indicating doubtful letters using the
      normal keyboard symbols? For example, use dots for illegible letters,
      with the understanding that there is no way to insure how many letters
      there are if they are illegible, and question marks after letters that
      are only partially legible. Workers in English literature use the
      pointed brackets < > to indicate passages torn or worn away. That seems to
      me to take care of all possibilities. Letters are legible, partially
      legible (doubtful), illegible, or missing. Footnotes can explain scribal
      corrections.
      Vinton A. Dearing
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