Loutzenhiser's picture

The basic goal is to make the on-line edition match the print edition -- errors and all. We aren't updating spelling or usage or changing it to match modern American usage.

When the page images are available, we can refer to the page images and make corrections with confidence. Sometimes the page images are not available at the CCEL, but they are available at Google Books. In that case you can search for some words on the page and try to find a source of page images.

When page images are not available, the goal is to fix obvious typographical errors but not to make changes that are unlikely to be a result of scanning or typing errors.

The goal is to proof all the pages of each book at least twice. At that point we'll consider the book "proofed." Of course, proofing will continue after that point as readers continue to report typos.

bdv4's picture


Hi Henry,

Thanks for helping out with corrections, and sorry this reply is so late.

What's most important is getting the content to match the original. Having the formatting match would be nice, too, but is somewhat more secondary. Things like italics are fine and would be great addition if you don't mind taking the time. Changing the font face or adding a lot of very specific margins and line sizes, however, probably just adds unnecessary complexity.

I'm not the authority in this area, so someone else might chime in, but that's what I would recommend.

Brian Vanderwal
CCEL Web Developer