*Browsers: The very first thing to note is that you should
only choose the DHTML version of the site in the red box at left,
if you are using either Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 (or 5) or
Netscape Navigator 4 (or 4.5).
To find out which browser version you have, open your browser and
select "help" then "about". To update your browser,
choose "software update" on the "help" menu
in Netscape Navigator and "product updates" on the "help"
menu in Internet Explorer, (while online of course).
DHTML is the acronym for Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language. It
of text and images in a browser window. Only version 4 browsers
(and above) support CSS positioning (a specification defined by
the World Wide Web Consortium). Accessing the DHTML version of the
site with a version 3 browser will result in either a blank screen
or a jumble of text.
If your browser is version 3 or below, select the quick loading
version. In the mauve box at left, that's "Introduction (quick-loading
English version)" or "Enkonduko (esperantlingva versio
tuj shutota)" for Esperanto speakers.
The information in the four site versions is identical. The images
and colour scheme are largely the same. The difference between the
DHTML and the quick loading versions is in the layout and in the
animation of certain text segments and images.
Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and 5 will notice some additional
animation in the Introduction (and Enkonduko) page which Netscape
Navigator users unfortunately cannot see. This is because of the
different ways in which Internet Explorer and Navigator interpret
CSS code. This divergence will have only a negligible effect on
your enjoyment of the site.
Computer Requirements: It is strongly recommended that you
choose the quick loading version, unless you have both of the following:
a 200 MHz processor and a 33kbps modem (or higher).
With a less powerful processor or slower modem, your browser will
probably struggle to present the animation. At worst, vital text,
menu items and images, especially those sliding in form "off-stage",
will fail to appear. The "page-turning" system in the
biographies will work either frustratinlgy slowly or not at all.
Optimal viewing is gained with a 266 MHz Pentium II (or 300 MHz
Celeron) and a 56k modem.
Information Sources: In short: Tazio Carlevaro, with help
from William Auld and Ulrich Lins.
The bulk of the information is drawn from chapter 6 of Esperanto
en Perspektivo, London - Rotterdam 1974, specifically pages
144 to 186: "Originala Beletro 1919 - 1945" and "Originala
Beletro 1945 - 1972". In some cases, sections of Carlevaro's
text have been incorporated unchanged. In other cases passages have
been abridged and/or adapted to text from other sources (see below).
For Kalman Kalocsay in particular, additional information was drawn
from William Auld's Enkonduko en la Originalan Literaturon de
Esperanto, Saarbrücken 1979. For Yevgeny Mikhalsky, additional
information was drawn form Ulrich Lins' La Danghera Lingvo,
Gerlingen 1988. Other valuable sources are the notes on authors
found towards the back of various published poetry or prose collections.
One of the more useful is in Marjorie Boulton's Faktoj kaj Fantazioj,
Navigation: If you have not already discovered the key to
navigating the DHTML site, let me guide you:
On the biography page of any of the 6 authors, run your mouse over
the Literatura Galerio logo in the top left hand corner. The image
changes to read "more authors". Click on the changed image.
9 individual squares appear, replacing the current author's portrait.
6 of the squares are small versions of the authors' portraits. Click
on any one to go to the biography of that author. The 3 remaining
squares may be less obvious in their intent at first glance. However,
if you move your mouse over these images you will see in turn: "Home"
"Quick Loading Version" and "Esperanto Version".
Click on these to go to the options indicated. If you decide to
remain with the current author and wish to see his or her portrait
again, click on the square immediately below which says "Click
here to return to current author".
If you entered via Netscape Netcenter, you may have noticed that
the "home" page you return to from any one of the authors'
biographies, is different to the home page you first saw. Don't
be perturbed. There are in fact 2 different index pages. Suffice
it to say that the creation of a 2nd one was necessitated by the
way the editing options are set up in Netcenter, which hosts the
one of the site. (The other host is Geocities.)
Expansion of the site?: I'll forego making any grandiose
claims for the future of the site. The potential is evident. However
the realisation depends on the type and extent of reaction and more
importantly on the type and extent of collaboration. Some may see
it is as a suitable kernel of an on-line encyclopedia of Literature
in Esperanto. Others may not. Nor can I set a timetable for the
completion of the current comparatively modest project. As the opportunity
arises I will create the 3 missing options for each of the current
authors - Critique, Excerpts and Bibliography. Following that I
may be able to add authors. The templates for additional pages are
already created. It is the information itself - the research, gleaning,
editing, compiling and translating which will be the time-consuming
factor. Any help or contributions will be gratefully accepted and
will of course, speed the process. If the number of authors increases
significantly, we may be able to categorise the authors according
to type, time period and region. For example, Kalocsay might be
found by navigating firstly to "Poetry" then to the "Inter-war
years 1918-1939" and then to "Eastern Europe".
I await your reaction. Offers of collaboration would be particularly
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