Cite this page: "Page View, Page 1." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 6, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?page_id=7070&i=1.
OCR does not handle 18th century texts very well yet, so unfortunately, until all of the entries are transcribed and linked to their pages, the quickest way to jump to a specific word is to use the drop-down boxes at the top of the “Page View” pages. For example, if you want “nubiferous” (which has not been transcribed yet), you would go to Page View and select “N” from the first drop-down box. This would fill the second drop-down box with a list of the pages in “N,” and you would scroll down to the one that says “Now – Null” and hit the “Go” button, since “nubiferous” should fall between those (not a guarantee, however, since Johnson doesn’t always perfectly follow alphabetical order). This would take you to the right page, where you would find “nubiferous” in the right-hand column about mid-page.
Discard my earlier comment on ‘completely’ having been misspelled as ‘compleatly’. I have read it in page view and have seen that the transcription of ‘compleatly’ is correct. I didn’t know that word as the archaic of ‘complete’. We learn everyday, don’t we?
Oh, my goodness, this is absolutely delightful! I have enjoyed reading this. This will be most useful in my 18th Century novel “Fruit of Forbidden Love”. I had constantly wondered the words used during those days…and this helps tremendously! …And it’s preserved digitally as well. Huzzah! I immensely thank you.
I have been using ABBYY FineReader 10 which is the older version of their current version 11. It has a “training” mode that permits interactive adjustments of the scanned character and interpretation of that letter. It even supports new ligatures so it is very versatile. Their website is: http://www.abbyy.com/
I use the PRO version so I would seek that as it seems to be more powerful. You might contact them to get advice on using their product for this special project. It could open up OCR for all kind of old works.
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