Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 201. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Willard McCarty
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.198: Format of postings & limitations of devices (23)  From: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.198: Format of postings & limitations of devices (47) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-11-17 08:43:40+00:00 From: Willard McCarty Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.198: Format of postings & limitations of devices My thanks to Henry for pointing out that my troubles are shared. From a technical perspective, my problem is that I am trying to bend a device to ways of use that its internal architecture and interface were never meant to accommodate. In the absence of my laptop, I am wanting the iPad to supply a common memory space and to allow a mouse. The former has clumsy work-a rounds — iCloud and the like — but the clumsiness of using cloudy storage to pass files from one app to another slows everything I am doing way down. And the finger is a very blunt instrument. Perhaps I simply don’t understand how to use this lovely device. The larger point, I suppose, is that skill with tools and the incorporated understanding that acquisition of skills confers are rather under-appreciated. Handwaving is a poor substitute for the skilled hand, eye and mind! Yours, WM Sent from my iPad -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2018-11-17 12:56:05+00:00 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.198: Format of postings & limitations of devices My preferred working platform is a traditional desktop machine, with a full-sized keyboard and a fairly wide screen. I do not own a cellphone or ipad, and cannot understand the current obsession with trying to get everything to fit into a small, handheld device the size of a deck of cards. (To me, it is like trying to watch Lawrence of Arabia on a wrist watch, which would rather miss the point of the movie.) My own website project primarily features a lot of text, most of which is taken from printed sources. In the original print editions, the text is frequently supplemented by illustrations, nicely integrated with the text on the constant and predictable printed page. On a website, trying to adjust material to fit an ever-changing amount of potential devices with their attendant features and limitations is a daunting task. What was already a challenge becomes a near impossibility with handheld mobile devices. I have expended considerable effort to conform to these limitations, without entirely compromising the overall presentation, but there is really only so much one can do when one is presenting a large block of text. There is a point, however, where I simply throw up my hands and say enough! If you want to use a tiny device, you will have to accept the limitations yourself. Another problem, I fear, is that students are ever more likely to fall into the trap of assuming that if something does not exist on the internet, then it does not exist or isn't worth seeking out. I am lucky that my subject is sufficiently old that much of the material by and about it are out of copyright, and I have been fortunate in being able to make special arrangements to provide full texts of a number of significant newer works that are protected by copyright. Increasingly, however, I find that making new arrangements is exceedingly difficult, as publishers now see the phantom chance of large amounts of income from providing e-texts for a fee of material that was once considered too obscure or out of date to be worth the trouble. When such arrangements can be made, they now want short-term agreements, for a renewable price, even though I make no money on providing what I offer on the web, and do not claim exclusive use and am perfectly willing to let them do whatever they like in addition to my use. The placement of much of this material behind fragmented, exclusive and expensive paywalls in another problem, particularly for those of us who do not enjoy affiliation with institutions that can cover or offset this cost. Jeffrey A. Savoye The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore https://www.eapoe.org _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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