Today, the BDMP Encoding Manual became freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection.
In the first phase of transforming the BDMP’s in-house encoding manual into a more user-friendly documentation website, the website’s core materials (basically everything in our The Tags section) were only made available to BDMP contributors who logged into the website. The reason was that the original manual still contained a lot of screenshots of facsimiles of Beckett’s manuscripts that we did not have the permission to share outside of the Beckett Digital Manual Project. In the second phase, then, we decided to bypass the copyright issue by replacing all these sensitive materials with more generic, photoshopped example images, and to open up our Encoding Manual for the general public. That way,the manual might also be useful for scholars working on (or hoping to start up) similar projects. Enjoy!