DON'T PANIC - Questions not covered by the Training Threads

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Sticky Wickets

In my "required introduction," I promised that when my proofreading ran into sticky wickets, I would "put my questions in the proper thread." I think this is the one.

Sticky Wicket #1 is near the top of this page:

"Fragmenta Arianorum about 388 in Angelo Mai: Scriptorum veterum nova collect. Rom. 1828, vol. iii."

In the html text, "Rom. 1828" is mistakenly tagged as a Scripture reference. I have removed a couple of these from other pages manually and the editor has accepted my changes. Two questions: (1) Will my changes be undone by some robot roaming the texts in future? (2) Can a robot be made to find and remove these "fake Scriptures" throughout the system?

Sticky Wicket #2 is several screens down the same page in footnote 1312.

"Θεός(without the article,"

The problem is that there is no space between "Θεός" and "(" -- a frequently occurring problem with more annoying instances elsewhere such as "Θεόςor" "Θεόςmay be" and such. Are these to be fixed before a page can be called "proofed" (free from error)?

Sticky Wicket #3 is a screen or two down this page:

"εἰς ἕνα Θεὸν, Πατέρα παντοκράτορα,"

In this case, unlike the previous two, there is a print-page image available. In it, the cited words are spread out for emphasis, matching the use of caps + small caps in the corresponding English ("in one God, the Father Almighty,").

The question is whether we want to mimic that emphasis in the html version? If so, could we use the tag -- substituting braces for angle brackets to make the tag visible -- {p class="spacious"} . . . {/p}, as described at:,M1
or is there another tag for letter-spreading emphasis in use by CCEL that I don't know?

Sticky Wicket #4 is a bit further down the same page.

"who through the prophets preached the dispensations and the advents [advent],"

Here the oddity is that the existing html text has the "s" of "advents" in red. The print-page image of this letter is obscure although the context (parallel to "dispensations") clearly requires "s" in this place. Is the use of red prescribed when there is the slightest hint of doubt as to a reading?

In sum: Guidance appreciated, not least as to how picky one should be in seeking complete removal of perceived oddities and/or exact faithfulness to the print-page image before declaring an html page "proofed."

Michael McDermott
Burke, Virginia

Michael McDermott
Burke, Virginia