How to use the site
To enable the reader to follow the generation of the text by Leibniz as close as possible, the series VIII also intends to make use of the capabilities of electronic publishing. In addition to the dissemination of the print-edition as pdf-files, now customarily done by all projects of the Leibniz-edition, we have created an electronic version of the transcribed texts, that allows selective viewing of the different text layers, and thus presents the sequential versions in a dynamic and more genuine form to the reader. We recommend the use of a "Mozilla"- or a "Netscape"-Browser.
The project presents all the scientific, medical and technical writings of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in chronological order. These papers form an outstanding, but nevertheless nearly unknown part of his work that offers new insights into his thinking and method of working.
In the right part of the title page you will find a list of different items subdivided into several groups. By clicking on a subject-category, a list of the corresponding Leibnitian manuscripts will appear. For example: you click "By title" and the list of different Leibnitian manuscripts appears. It is up to you to choose the necessary manuscript. By clicking the right part of the proper line will give you the possibility to see the original page, the left - its transcription (please always stick to this order - in this case both the original text and its transcription will appear). The additional explanations: the combination of letters and numbers in the beginning of each line is the so-called FOLIOKEY; e. g. LH = Landesbibliothek Hannover, 035 is the number of the volume, 05 is the number of the part, and at last, 008 is the number of the leaf, where r = recto page, v = verso page for every leaf).
Having edited the transcription window, the left frame contains the text of the page, the right frame clickable strings to transform the text in different stages of genesis. Every "text layer" represents one stage of text construction by Leibniz. A click on "text replacement" is a step to the next textlayer. The first layer to see is always the "last version", the final version formed by Leibniz. "back to index" leads back to the list of manuscripts. "registered links" lists the clicked links, chosen by the user.
The text in the left frame is organized strictly following Leibniz' hand. Every number in brackets to the left corresponds with the same line in the original page. The numbering starts for every text block (or: text area in the original page) anew. Clickable districts in the text are highlighted at gliding over with the mouse. Otherwise point framed letters to a supplement. "D" (drawing), "C" (calculation), "C+" (auxiliary calculation), "T" (table) and "M" (marginal note) open parts of transcription corresponding to this spot in the original text. "A" (annotation) gives an editor-explanation.
Having highlighted the requested word (by mouse-over) and clicked it you will pass to the glossary. Underlined or crossed parts follow the manuscript in this item. An unusual wide space in a text line (liking a tabulator) means a "help"-alinea, written by Leibniz.