Old English Characters in Windows

Old English uses a number of letters and punctuation marks, like the thorn þ and the eth ð, that do not exist in modern English. Typing these can be a challenge. This MS Word document has information on how to get your Windows computer to produce these characters, OELetters.doc (721 Kb). (I don’t know the Mac, but if someone sends me info on how to do this on the Mac, I’ll add it to the document.)

If you’re typing for the web, like on this site’s discussion forum, it’s probably best to limit yourself to the most commonly supported characters. The more esoteric characters will probably not be seen on other people’s systems.

If you’re a hardcore user of Old English, you’ll probably want to download the Junicode font and even this keyboard map.

[Updated the linked MS Word document, Jan 2011 — dw]

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Off to Canada

Starting next week, the first week in August, I’ll be decamping to Toronto. As a result, I’ll have limited internet access for a week or so, as Dexter and I drive northeastward across the continent, and I’ll have no access to my print library for several weeks. (Fortunately, the online resources I now have access to through the University of Toronto are just superb.)

I’ll still be checking in at least daily to see how the site is going and to purge spammers, but my posting will be sparse. So go ahead and talk amongst yourselves.

A Note on Spam

If you have just signed up or are considering signing up to post comments on the site’s discussion forum, be advised there is a chance that your account will be deleted if you don’t post something within a day or two of signing up. A typical pattern for spammers is to sign up to a site and then return a week or so later to post their spam messages. I have a policy of deleting obvious spam accounts immediately and deleting all new accounts after two to three days with no activity. Once a member has posted a (non-spam) message to the forum, the account stays active regardless of future periods of inactivity.

So if you are a newcomer and like the site, but don’t have anything to say right away, hold off on signing up until you want to make a comment. Lurkers are welcome and you can read everything on the site without signing up. If you find your account has been deleted between signing up and posting your first message, just sign up again and post your message.

(I’m using the word spam to denote the practice of placing marketing messages in web-forums. Some might say that spam is rightly only applied to email, but I don’t know what else to call it.)

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Resources Section Revised

I’ve just finished an overhaul of the resources section of the website. I’ve added new sources (mostly websites), culled less useful sources and those of too narrow focus or only tangentially related to the aims of this site, and organized them into new, more useful categories.

Comments and suggestions are welcome in the meta discussion section of the site’s forums.

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