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MERLOT II


    

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Material:

LiTgloss

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Horst Kurz (Faculty), Oct 23, 2001
Comment: This site is based on a useful project and has great potential. The set-up is
very straight-forward. It basically puts a library of foreign language texts
online with glosses being available but not in the way. Typically, annotations
are translations only. For the most part this is sufficient, but occasionally
explanations might be helpful.

Technical Remarks:

I encountered several problems, but they are not such that they prevent using
and enjoying the site altogether. Moreover, they can probably be addressed and
corrected easily:
- in certain instances, the annotations show up in varying spots on the screen
(sometimes at the margin or not at all; seems to depend on where the words and
cursor are);
- different display fonts are used for different texts; it might be more
effective if they were consistently the same base font; (I noticed that this
and the first item seem ot be related...glosses with texts in smaller fonts
appear to work fine);
- it seems most "about the text" buttons do not contain anything (yet); too bad
since this could be added easily;
- also, the four buttons on the frame all look the same...having to move the
mouse over them to get a hint seems somewhat counterintuitive and silly; why not
use icons?
- the texts load quite slowly (at least today...maybe this is only temporary);
- the left frame does not seem to renew consistently; an image that goes with
one text/author will stay for another (by another author);
- it appears (re)loading a page also reloads all frames/content, including the
"credits"--is that necessary? (should the credits be separate, to cut down load
time?)