ERIC Number: ED345519
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
The Use of the Personal Computer in the Humanities.
Marchand, James W.
IDEAL, v2 spec iss p17-32 1987
Until recently, professionals in the humanities have had access only to mainframe computer technology. The advent of microcomputers offers a range of new options. The experiences of one individual indicate that with personal computer technology and simple programming, and occasionally the help of a mainframe, textual, visual, and auditory information can be manipulated successfully. With regard to the first challenge, management of data input, several possibilities exist. Reproduction of a non-Roman orthography is possible by creating a system of transliteration into programming code; a number of texts are already available on CD ROM. Scanning and graphics adaptation technology assist in visual reproduction. Auditory materials are less easy to manage, and technology is currently under development. Data handling within the computer, the second major challenge, can be accomplished by a variety of cataloguing and classification schemes. For output, the third challenge, a dot-matrix printer or other bit-mapping device can be used to create an appropriate character set, and the printed results can be photographically enhanced. Computer-generated figures illustrate the possibilities. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the journal as a whole, see FL 020 212.