As Texts Become Digital
This introductory chapter argues that the future of the traditional forms of culture, knowledge, and scholarship appears to be at risk, as the world becomes digital and new generations consider computers, mobile appliances, and the Internet as extensions of their body that are essential for living. The book provides a survey of critical editing confronted with the digital world that is organized in three parts. The first one discusses the historical context and the main challenges that researchers, teachers, and the public readers meet with the integration of digital tools and medium in the activity of critical edition. The second one details how critical edition deals with the technical constraints it faces in order to explore new presentation modalities of heritage texts. The last one looks at critical edition practice through examining cases that range from data capture and layout to the institutional and organizational conditions for production.
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