8/28/06: A bushel of new bios for your viewing pleasure!

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8/28/06: A bushel of new bios for your viewing pleasure!

Unread postby James » Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:27 am

Just an update to introduce a collection of new biographies. By Steven Trinkl, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/kma/xushao.php">Xu Shao (Zijiang)</a>’s Comprehensive Officer Biography. And by Sam Wrest, <i>Sanguo Yanyi</i> biographies for <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/bianrang.php">Bian Rang</a>, <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/dingyuan.php">Ding Yuan (Jianyang)</a>, Lü Bu’s adoptive father; <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/gaoshun.php">Gao Shun</a>, a highly under-appreciated officer of Lü Bu; <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/tiankai.php">Tian Kai</a>; the Yellow Turban Rebels <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/gaosheng.php">Gao Sheng</a> and <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/peiyuanshao.php" title="He who is t3h mighty!">Pei Yuanshao</a>; and the Yellow Scarves Leaders <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/zhangliang.php">Zhang Liang</a> and <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgyy/zhangbao2.php">Zhang Bao</a>. Enjoy!

We would also like to introduce a special biography. Adrian Loder has completed a translation of <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/sgz/caocao-2.php">Cao Cao’s <i>Sanguozhi</i> biography</a>, complete with Pei Songzhi’s notes! Even if you have read the other excellent Cao Cao <i>Sanguozhi</i> biography on this site (translated by Jack Yuan), you should read this too, just for the additional insight provided by Pei Songzhi.

All biographies can be accessed <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/">by kingdom</a>, or <a href="http://kongming.net/novel/bios/type.php">by type</a>, for your viewing pleasure.
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Unread postby James » Tue Aug 29, 2006 5:33 am

Here’s a more technical note, especially for the authors/translators of these biographies. All of these biographies were uploaded with a new tool which has been under development, off and on, for nearly a year now. Basically, it makes managing and editing a biography as simple as posting a new topic to Scholars of Shen Zhou, and if completed, would allow biography authors and translators to manage, edit, and upload their own biographies, without even having to wait on ol’ me.

This tool is under development, however, and is in an early alpha stage at best. The tool will include full features for sniffing out things like <i>li</i> and placing them in italics, but those features do not yet exist. I am working them in now, and will be using these biographies to test them (especially the Cao Cao biography, which is an excellent example for this). To that end, I just want to apologize for the lack of italics in many areas. I felt it would be proper to offer the explanation. Fear not! They are coming soon.
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Unread postby Jordan » Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:35 am

Wow, great update. :)

By the way, that biography tool sounds interesting. I'm willing to sign on when it's more developed and contribute too. :P
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Unread postby James » Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:59 am

SlickSlicer wrote:By the way, that biography tool sounds interesting. I'm willing to sign on when it's more developed and contribute too. :P

If/when it gets finished to the specifications I have in mind for public use (the full ability for someone to edit, manage, and upload biographies under their name, while keeping other biographies private), anyone who is welcome to publish biographies to KMA, or who has published biographies to KMA in the past, will be welcome to use the tool. That would include you. :)

I used to be so fond of the system I came up with for managing and uploading biographies prior to this, but when I had to enter Xu Shao (by Steven) manually, without the aid of this tool, it felt like night and day (the tool doesn’t yet fully support Comprehensive Officer Biographies—only SGZ and SGYY). It really is a pleasure to use.

Here are a few screenshots, for kicks and giggles.

Biography Selection Menu
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Editing a Biography
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(Notice the system for entering notes!)
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Unread postby Jordan » Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:41 am

Hey lookin' good. The note thing seems pretty easy too, plus the ability to edit biographies is excellent, and the 'additional sources' thing was a good idea since many people use a bunch of different stuff to make their bios. I am only confused with one thing-What does the number next to 'authors, translators' mean?
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Unread postby James » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:46 pm

SlickSlicer wrote:Hey lookin' good. The note thing seems pretty easy too, plus the ability to edit biographies is excellent, and the 'additional sources' thing was a good idea since many people use a bunch of different stuff to make their bios. I am only confused with one thing-What does the number next to 'authors, translators' mean?

Each author published at Kongming’s Archives has been assigned a unique 'author ID' in our database. Author #16 is Sam. Right now in the tool, when I type 'SW' and update a biography, it looks SW up and finds out it is Sam, and changes the field to 16—Sam’s author ID. If the tool were published for general use, it would be smart enough to display 'SW' or 'Sam Wrest' there at all times.

A number of other fields would eventually become necessary. For example, I would have to create a public field for editing the officer’s lifespan, which should be independent of the lifespan entered in the development project (for example, most SGZ translators prefer to use only information in the <i>Sanguozhi</i>, and will leave out unmentioned dates of birth and death).

The note system is super easy. There are two tags, NOTE and TRNS. NOTE creates blue numbered notes, and TRNS creates green roman numeral notes. To create a note reference one has but to type [NOTE=] and to identify a block of text as a note one has but to surround it in the [NOTE][/NOTE]. You can embed notes and the tool is smart enough to figure out what you are doing. It also supports a numbering system. You can, for example, enter [NOTE=3] or [NOTE:3] (as shown in the picture above), but that is more for the author’s reference (so you don’t mix up notes). The site itself actually ignores these numbers. If the first note in a biography is [NOTE=4] and the second is [NOTE=1], it treats the first as one, and the second as two. Avoids a lot of errors, and makes for some nice easy lazy updating.
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Unread postby Liu Yuante » Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:39 pm

Sweet.

That note system is going to make (finally) adding translator's notes to Cao Cao's SGZ Bio a snap.

Also, Pei's notes make up approx. 2/3 of Cao Cao's SGZ Bio so yes, the difference is big.

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Unread postby KOEI Warriors » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:16 pm

Glad that you're back!! Yay and the biographies are really well done! :)
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Unread postby James » Sat Sep 02, 2006 5:41 pm

KOEI Warriors wrote:Glad that you're back!! Yay and the biographies are really well done! :)

Sam and Steven always make wonderful biographies. :)

And I am thoroughly impressed with Adrian’s Cao Cao translation!
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