- Transcribe what you find exactly as it appears. Retain original capitalization, punctuation, and spelling, including errors.
- Ignore indentations and text alignment. Hitting
Entertwice indicates a new paragraph, whether indicated by a blank line or by indentation in the original.
- Maintain line breaks (when the next word is on the next line) by hitting
- For cemetery plot maps:
- Ignore the "map" part of the page and transcribe the writing only. View examples on page 2 of the Chiver's Notebook collection.
- You can separate numbers/names with semicolons or use the table format.
- Transcribe sideways or upside down text as if it's right side up, no indication is needed.
- For pages with a lot of inscription information, transcribe the columns sequentially (not in table format).
- Any amount of transcription helps, even if you are unsure of formatting; when in doubt, simply transcribe.
- When transcribing from an open book scan:
- Write "VERSO:" above transcriptions written on the left page, and "RECTO:" above transcriptions on the right page.
- Transcribe the pages in reading format. If writing on the "RECTO:" page is supposed to be read before writing on the "VERSO:" page, transcribe it first.
- If writing spans over both pages (ie- A name on the left page with death information on the right page), Write "VERSO & RECTO:" and transcribe the pages as if they are one page.
Enterwill create a new row, and that row's text can then be input using the | as column indicators.
- Empty fields before, in-between, or after text should be indicated with a space between "pipes".
- | John Doe | Actor | | NH |
- Separate different tables by hitting
Enterat least 3 times.
- The first row will default as a Header row. To avoid this, type a space followed by a pipe, then hit
Enterand type the first row as you normally would.
- Save and check your work often by viewing it in the Overview tab.
- | Name | Occupation | Age | State |
"Autolink" will suggest subjects certain words could be linked to or you can use double braces to link subjects.
[[Jane Doe]] will link the text "Jane Doe" to the subject Jane Doe, while
[[Jane Doe|Jane]] will link the text "Jane" to the subject Jane Doe. We recommend that linking be left to an editor after the initial transcription is made.