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The button "Home" leads to the bilingual (English/German) starting page, or the title page, of "Gutenberg digital".

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"Contents" gets you to the table of contents of the accompanying texts on Gutenberg's biography, his invention and its influence on posterity. The headings of the chapters are linked to the respective chapters. The cursor of the mouse changes to a small hand if you move the mouse across the title. By clicking once with the left mouse button you will reach the section of the text. In a chapter running over several pages rectangular frames indicate the number of pages. At the same time the frame highlighted in red shows the page you are on. At the end of each page clicking on "next" gets you to the next page or - at the end of a chapter - to the start of the next chapter.

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The button "Bible" in the lower row of buttons of the navigation bar will lead you directly to the 1,282 pages of the Gutenberg Bible. You can choose among the Books of the Bible via a pulldown menue. A list of the books will appear if you click on the menue. Click on the book of your choice for an overview of all the pages of that book. Below each of the pages in small format are two icons which stand in for a somewhat enlarged double-page view or a large single-page view respectively. In the double-page view there are icons next to the page as well leading to the corresponding large single pages. Via the pulldown menue you will get from each page to the overview of the Books of the Bible. The arrow pointing to the right leads to the next overview, double-page or single-page view, the one pointing to the left leads to the previous views.

"Illumination" refers to the pages of the Gutenberg Bible decorated with tendril and initial ornamentation and the comparison with the Göttingen Model Book. For those pages you will need the "Flash"-plugin in your browser (see "Help", "Browser setup"). On the opening page of this chapter you have the opportunity to choose between three ways of examining the pages: "Compare Bible pages -- model-book", "Detailed view" and "Compare Model Book -- Bible pages". You can compare the illuminated pages with the respective patterns from the Göttingen Model Book and vice versa, or you can have a close look at enlarged details of each of the tendrils and initials.

To compare the book ornamentation with the Model Book choose one of the five overviews (Bd./Vol. 1-1 to Bd./Vol. 2-3) of the illuminated pages. Click then on one of the small illumination details in order for the illuminated page to appear on the left. Above and below the page - in the black frame - are buttons which enable you to enlarge (Zoom in) or reduce (Zoom out) the picture. If you move the mouse over one of the four smaller buttons in the middle, the picture will be moved correspondingly upwards, downwards, to the left or right. The Internet Explorer does not support the function of the Zoom buttons. Alternatively you may open the context menue by clicking the right mouse button (Win 9x/NT) or by clicking the mouse button whilest pressing "control" (Mac OS) and afterwards clicking on "Zoom in" and "Zoom out". Once it is enlarged, a page can be moved by keeping the mouse button pressed and moving the mouse. If there are instructions for the illuminated page in the Model Book a small icon can be found on the right. Clicking on the icon shows the corresponding pattern from the Model Book. These were not always followed to the T by the illuminator. You can check for yourself which variations the illuminator used in his decorations.


In the section "Compare Model Book -- Bible page" click the red button "overview" on the starting page. An overview of 14 pictures of the model-book will appear in small format. A single click on one of the pictures leads to an enlarged view of the corresponding pattern. This comparison is set up exactly like the one between Bible pages and Model Book described above. On the left-hand side are the underlined folio-notations for examples of comparable tendrils from the Bible.

Under "Detailed view" you will find at first an overview of all the illuminated pages. The 86 overviews can be chosen with the help of the red buttons. A click on the Bible page lets the illuminated page appear in a new window in large format. The new window may be changed in its size by pulling at the lower right-hand corner. To look at the enlarged tendrils simply move the mouse over the picture. If the cursor touches a tendril a rectangle will appear indicating that this detail can be viewed enlarged. Click once and the illustration of the tendril will be moved in close view towards you. Click on the picture again to make it disappear. The "Help"- and "Hilfe"-buttons will give advice on how to proceed in English and German respectivly.


Should you, for example, want to switch from detailed view to one the comparisons between bible pages and model-book just use the button "Illumination". This will bring you back to the starting page where you can choose between the three views refered to above.

If you click the button "Model Book" in the navigation bar all of the 12 pages will be shown. A click on one of the double-pages shows the page in an enlarged view. Using the arrows pointing left and right above the large view of the double-page you can leaf backwards or forwards. The two links below each of the double-pages enable you to get to right or left page respectivly. Next to these pages you will find a transcription of the text of the page in modern German. You can get to the pages directly from the starting page: below each of the double-pages are the numbers of the single pages: just click on these.


We have subdivided the "Helmasperger Notariatsinstrument" (Helmasperger Notarial Instrument) into 16 sections. On the starting page you will find a reproduction of the document in reduced size. If you move the mouse across the picture numbered rectangles will appear. Clicking once on one of these will get you to the corresponding section. A window with a detail from the Notarial Instrument will appear below the navigation bar. Using the horizontal scrollbar you can move the passage to the left or right. You can look at the whole document in this way.

Below the passage a transcription of the text can be read. A translation in modern English or German as well as a commentary by F. Geldner on the most important passages can be found via the links on the right. The arrows right and left lead to the next or the preceeding section of the Helmasperger Notarial Instrument; "Overview" gets you back to the starting page.


A selection of well known passages from the Bible can be accessed via the button "Verses". In the middle of the page you can see two pulldown menues. If you click on the left pulldown menue a list of the passages from the Bible will appear. Choose a passage by clicking on it. The passage from the Bible then appears below the lefthand pulldown menue, with a Latin transcription appearing on the right. A German, English or French translation can be chosen via the right pulldown menue, or you can look at the source text in Hebrew (for passages from the Old Testament) or Greek (for those from the New Testament). When choosing a language proceed accordingly to choosing a passage from the Bible.


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