Hints and Tips: The Manuscript Viewing Window
Introduction to using the Mirador Viewer in Parker 2.0
One of the major changes in Parker 2.0 is the incorporation of a new viewer that introduces a number of features that are of use in the examination of manuscripts. The Mirador Viewer, an open-source, web based, multi-window image viewing platform was developed with the ability to zoom, display, compare and annotate images from around the world. Through this viewer (and the technologies that lie beneath it), the images from the Parker collection can interoperate with other collections from libraries and museums that belong to the International Image Interoperability Framework community.
For this set of ‘Hints and Tips’ let’s use CCCC MS 367, a Miscellaneous Compilation including Old English Material and Historical and Philosophical Works.
Looking at the manuscript viewing window, in the upper left hand corner there’s a button with three horizontal lines. Clicking on it reveals the Table of Contents for the manuscript.
Clicking on an entry in the Table of Contents will result in the manuscript displaying the first page of the selected text.
In the upper right hand of the viewer, you will see a small "i" icon. This opens a window that provides additional information about the object you are viewing. This is the descriptive information that will travel with the object when used in interoperable environments outside of Parker on the Web - but, of course, can also be useful within the Parker viewing environment too.
Navigation within a multi-page object continues to be a challenge for online interfaces. In Parker 2.0, we offer multiple ways to move through a digital object.
The table of contents, mentioned above, is one way to rapidly get to a desired point within a codex. Another familiar approach is to use the thumbnail strip that is cleverly hidden away when you first encounter a Parker manuscript in the Mirador viewer. To access this navigation tool, first click on the icon that looks like three dots in a horizontal row in the bottom quadrant of the viewer:
It is also possible to navigate through a whole screen of thumbnails arranged in a gallery view for rapidly identifying the desired image:
Alternately, you can use the "scroll view" option to page quickly through larger low-resolution images of an object until you find the one you are interested in.
Finally, as a result of multiple suggestions by our team of Beta testers, we have added a drop-down menu that will allow you to move immediately to a specific folio or page: