Exotica | Paula Petrik | George Mason University


“scholarship on the web:
managing endnotes & footnotes” (mini-site)

This mini-site represents a thorough revision of an earlier presentation (initially funded by the University of Maine) of annotation techniques for the Web. The footnote or endnote is the hallmark of scholarship. It is the “breadcrumb trail” that allows scholars to gauge the quality of the evidence underpinning research and to follow the evidentiary path. Annotation, whether in the form of footnotes or endnotes, should be something that the Web should do well, given its linking capability. Yet, adding footnote or endnote reference marks to text on a web page is not as straightforward as it might appear. This project looks at various ways of approaching the problem.

“scholarship on the web:
managing engravings” (mini-site)

Many historians use or wish to use illustrations, especially engravings or engraving variants, on their web pages or in their scholarly work, but they are disappointed in the products of their image experiments. The images are poor from the outset—foxed, watermarked, or faded. The inks have oxidized and produced a rainbow of colors, or the paper has deteriorated. Most often, the image background does not match the parent document’s background. Whatever the state of image, this tutorial aims to make matting (changing the background of) line drawings, specifically engravings for the web and print, a relatively straight-forward task.

“explorations in time & space:
reconstructing historical landscapes” (mini-site)

In 1996, I began thinking about criteria for a good history web page. Commercial developers and designers were taking some steps in that direction, but historians and academics, in general, appeared more concerned about “getting stuff up” on the Web than thinking about the process. Adapted from a paper presented at AHA in 1997, the essay develops some criteria, applies them to a portion of a web site, and discusses a prototype that implements interactivity. Unfortunately, Internet time has rendered the technology used in the Smuttynose prototype obsolete. Rather than rewrite the project at this point, I have chosen to omit the Smuttynose portion.