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Optimising your use of the site

The most important innovation of Otranto.co.uk is its use of interactive features to optimise the control tha authors and editors have over how the material is presented, and also in order to allow readers choice in how they wish to view material according to particular needs.

At the top right of each publication, you'll see an 'Options' icon; if you click this, a number of menus will be revealed allowing you to customise what you see. Among the options are, where appropriate:

  • Original and modernised spelling and other typographical conventions (for scholarly editions of texts).
  • Fascimile view (again, for scholarly editions).
  • What kind of footnotes you want to see, and how you wish to see them.
  • Whether you want to see readers' comments, or just the editorial content.
  • Colour of the background (for ease of reading).

More features will be added in the future, in response to readers' and authors' experiences.

Readers are also invited to join the discussion by making annotations on any points of interest (or disagreement!) they find in texts. In order to benefit from the full range of features, you'll need to register, and log in each time you visit Otranto. To make a comment on a text, do the following:

  • Log in, and find the part of the text you wish to comment on.
  • Highlight the text you wish to comment on.
  • A small window will pop up, in which you can write your comment.
  • Press 'Submit'

If you wish to delete or edit a comment you've made, simply click on it, and then delete or edit as appropriate.