Ms. Roll 1066: Navigating the Roll

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  • For a general introduction to Ms. Roll 1066, see the “Historical Context” page on this website.
  • As digital resources, projects using the DM platform operate a little differently than other online environments, and present their material in a variety of new ways that can take a little getting used to. So understanding a few basic principles of operation is key to exploring and using these new models for scholarship.
  • Use a Chrome or Firefox laptop/desktop browser for best results. Functionality for touchscreen and mobile browsers may work, but is not fully supported in this version of the platform.
  • Click on an item in the sidebar menu to open it. Folders in the sidebar contain sub-collections of items. Our project includes a “Roll Images” folder containing images of each membrane, and a “Text” folder containing transcription files for each membrane, plus a “List of Rondels and Illustrations.” You can open an item multiple times in the main display if desired.
  • Any colored highlight you see on an image or text is active and can be rolled over to display a window of annotations and links (to other highlights on texts or images) associated with it. To open a link or annotation in one of these rollover windows, first click on the highlight to make the rollover window stay open. Then click on the link or annotation you want to open.
  • Each membrane is available as a digital image, with every section of text, rondel, and other features of interest highlighted. Each text highlight is linked to the membrane text document, and also has its own separate transcription annotation. Rondels and other illustrations are linked to the “List of Rondels and Illustrations.” For example:

  • Color Coding: in general, the colored highlights on maps and texts follow this scheme: blue for main text and marginal notes, orange for rondels with names and/or pictures of men, purple for rondels with names and/or pictures of women, green for illustrations, and light green for features showing through from the verso.
  • The List of Roundels and Illustrations in the Text folder presents an alphabetical index of all the people in the genealogical diagrams with links to their names or portraits in the membrane images.  Illustrations are also in this list.
  • Searching
    • There’s a search function available in the top right of the main menu bar.
    • Searching will return links to any terms found within the project’s text documents, annotations, and document titles (including images).
    • Searching will only return precise matches for search terms.
  • Other Features:
    • You can collapse the sidebar for more viewing space by clicking on the three-bar icon in the top left corner. Click on the same icon to open it again.
    • You can change the layout display using the drop-down options in the top right of the main menu bar.
    • You can arrange frames around in the display space by grabbing and dragging their title bars.
    • To move quickly around an image, use the image thumbnail that displays in the top right corner. You can click on any place in the thumbnail to go right to a location, or you can click and grab the red box inside the thumbnail to move to another location.
    • To zoom in and out of an image, you can use your mouse or trackpad as usual, or the slider to the left of the image.
    • You can toggle the colored highlights on a map image off and on with the “eye” icon (👁‍🗨), found in the top right corner of each map’s display.

      A more detailed guide to using DM projects may be found on the Digital Mappa website.