Archivo Digital de Manuscritos y Textos Españoles

The setup options illustrated in this QuickGuide are particular to the way ADMYTE has been implemented at LETRS. Although ADMYTE may be set up differently at a your site, the general instructions for using ADMYTE should still be useful


  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Selecting A Title
  4. Read a Text and View its Image
  5. Search a Selected Title
  6. Download or Print Text
  7. Exiting ADMYTE


ADMYTE is a collection of texts and programs for MS Windows designed by the partnership of Micronet, the Sociedad Estatal del Quinto Centenario, and the National Library of Spain to preserve and facilitate the research of medieval Spanish literature. The group hopes to provide an entire corpus of Spanish texts up to the year 1615 on CD-ROM. ADMYTE currently contains two volumes of Spanish text transcriptions and manuscript images: Disk 0 contains a collection of manuscripts from the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and Disk 1 contains a collection of pre-16th century incunabula and early 16th century books from the National Library in Madrid.

Through ADMYTE's main database, users can read individual texts, conduct complex searches of texts, and in some cases view facsimile images of the actual manuscripts. Texts can be exported to floppy disk for use in a word processor or for additional analysis by the other programs in the ADMYTE collection, such as TACT for advanced textual analysis, or UNITE for creating critical editions. ADMYTE also contains a database (Philobiblon) for accessing three bibliographies of Spanish texts: the Bibliografica Española de Textos Antiguos, the Bibliografia de Textos Antigos Portugueses, and the Bibliografia de Textos Antics Catalans.

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Getting Started.

To access ADMYTE from the LETRS PC's, choose LETRS Electronic Texts from the Start Menu. After the Tristram window loads, choose Electronic Texts from the Tristram start menu and select the ADMYTE program group to view the program icons, ADMYTE and ADMYTE Setup.

ADMYTE must load the texts from one of the two CD-ROM's (Disk 0 or Disk 1). Since Windows can only access one disk at a time, you must tell the program which disk of texts you wish to access by typing its directory name in ADMYTE Setup. If you are not sure about the contents of either disk, don't panic. You can always ask a LETRS consultant for a list of the contents of each CD-ROM volume.

Select the ADMYTE Setup icon to open the Setup Window. In the Setup Window under Database Directory, type \\bothwell\admyte_0\ to access Disk 0, or \\bothwell\admyte\ to access Disk 1. Click on the OK button when you are finished.

ADMYTE is now ready for action. To load the main program choose the ADMYTE program group from Electronic Texts on the Start Menu of Tristram, and then select the ADMYTE icon. A box will appear with the Admyte logo. Click on the OK button to enter the program. You will then be confronted with the main window and menu bar. The Option selection on the menu bar is the most important of all the menus. From here you can select a text for reading, conduct searches, and save or print a text you are working with. You can also work with a nice graphic image of the Option menu. Activate the Options Palette by clicking on Option in the menu bar and then clicking on the Options Palette heading. A movable palette of icons will appear in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Each icon corresponds to one of the items in the Options Menu - just click on an icon to perform a function.

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Selecting a Title.

Once you are in the main program, you can call up a list of titles stored on the CD-ROM you are currently using. To select a title first click on Option in the menu bar. In the Options Menu, click on the Title Selection heading to display the Title Selection Window. If you are using the Options Palette, you only need to click on the book icon.

In the Title Selection Window you can choose one or more titles by scrolling through a title list. Point and click the mouse on the appropriate title(s). For example, choose Cronica popular del Cid by moving the pointer to this title and clicking once.

You can also select titles by theme. Click once on the arrow next to the Theme field to display the Theme Menu. Click on any of the listed themes to automatically select all the texts on a disk that fall under that specific subject.
Please note: if you would like to work with all the ADMYTE texts on a given theme (Wisdom Literature for example) you will have to run two separate searches, one for Wisdom Literature on Disk 1, and another for Disk 0. Once you have selected a title, double click the menu button in the upper left hand corner of the Title Selection window to close the window.

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Read a Text and View its Image.

To read the title you have selected, click on Option in the menu bar again. Choose Transcription from the Options Menu. If you are using the Options Palette, click on the document icon (second row of the palette, just underneath the book icon). The transcription of the text will appear on the screen. ADMYTE will only display one page of a text at a time. To page through the text return to the Options Menu and choose either PgDn or PgUp. From the Options Palette you can click the recto or verso buttons (the fourth row of icons from the top of the palette).

Texts on Disk 1 come with manuscript images which you can view alongside the transcription (there are no manuscript images on Disk 0). To do this, return to the Options Menu and choose Image or, from the Options Palette, click on the manuscript icon (second row from the top of the palette). To arrange the text and image windows you can click on Window in the menu bar at the top of the screen and choose Mosaic from the list of choices, or you can adjust the size of the manuscript image by clicking on the Edit at the top of the screen and choosing Fit in Window, or Reduce Image, Enlarge Image (which reduces or enlarges the image by 10% with each click.) N.B.: You will have to scroll the image and text windows manually; they will not synchronize.

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Search a Selected Title.

Find Words

To conduct a word search in the title you have selected, click on Option in the menu bar. Choose Find Words from the Options Menu. If you are using the Options Palette, click on the magnifying glass icon (top row, next to the book icon). ADMYTE will display a Find Word window. In the Find Word window under Search Criteria, click on the In Selected Title circle. ADMYTE will search every title on the CD-ROM unless you tell it to search only the title you have selected.

In the bottom half of the Find Word Window ADMYTE displays a glossary of all the words in all the manuscripts on the CD-ROM. This is the list from which you must choose search words. To choose a word, first click in the Word field, then type a few letters of the word you wish to search for. The glossary will scroll to the section that contains words with those letters. Use the mouse to click on the desired word. Alternatively, you can use the mouse to scroll through the glossary and click on the word you wish to search for. Notice that once you choose a word ADMYTE sends it to the Search field. This field contains the actual word or search string ADMYTE will search for.

ADMYTE also supports an extensive search language for more complex logical searches. If you wish to use the ADMYTE search language you must click on the Search field and type your search string directly. Please consult the ADMYTE user's manual for a full description of the search options. The following are some of the more common usages:

a. The * and ? characters act as wildcards and can replace a series of unknown letters (*), or a single unknown letter (?).

b. The = character finds variations of a word. =amar would find pages with all the different variations of the word amar, such as amo, amas, ama.

c. ADMYTE also supports the standard logical operandi .and, .or, .not. To use these you must type them directly in the search field.

Once you have chosen a word, or typed in a search expression, click on the Search button. ADMYTE will take a minute to search the text. The number of pages in which ADMYTE found the word or words you are looking for will appear alongside the Search field.

To see the results of the search click on the Goto button. The word(s) you are searching for will be highlighted in red in the text. You may have to scroll through the page to see the highlighted word. To page through search results, return to the Options menu and choose Next Selection or Previous Selection. If you are using the Options Palette, click on the Next Selection or Previous Selection icons (the third row from the top of the palette).

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Glossary of Lemmata.

The Glossary of Lemmata contains an alphabetical list of nearly all the Spanish words in the manuscripts - about 47,000 forms in all - and allows searches for different forms of words.

Click Option in the menu bar, or the Glossary of Lemmata icon on the Options Palette (the last button in the left column) to activate the Glossary Window. This window is divided into two parts. The upper contains a list of words in alphabetical order, and the lower contains the Lemmata viewer. When you click on any of the words in the upper section, the lower viewer displays all the corresponding forms of that word.

Once you have clicked on a word, you can then search for that word or its forms. To search for the word click on the Search Lexical Item button. This is the equivalent of the Find Word function above. To search for its forms click on the Search Lemmata button. ADMYTE will display the results in the Find Word Window. Click on the Goto button in the Find Word Window to view the actual words in the text (highlighted in red).

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Download or Print a Text.

To save a text file to a disk please see a LETRS consultant. All text files are sent directly to the ADMYTE directory on the LETRS Server and must be transferred from there to a floppy disk by a LETRS consultant.

N.B.: ADMYTE will not export image files to floppy disk. You can manually copy an individual image page to the Windows Clipboard by entering the Edit Menu and clicking on Copy Image. Then, exit ADMYTE, open the Windows Clipboard and save the image to a floppy disk.

To send pages of a text to the printer, choose Print... from the Options Menu, or click on the printer icon in the options palette. A Print window will appear. The Print window is divided into two sections, Listing and Options. From the Listing section you can choose how much text you wish to send to the printer. In the Options section you can choose exactly what form of the text you wish to print (the manuscript image or the transcription). By default ADMYTE prints both the manuscript image and the transcription. Do not click on the Export box under Options.

When you have finished selecting listings and options, click on the PRINT button. Since the LETRS printer is already configured to print ADMYTE texts, you do not have to go through the printer configuration process (PRINTER>> button).

N.B.: Please do not send an entire title or series of titles to the LETRS printer (it takes forever to print large text files).

When your print job is finished, double click on the Menu Button in the upper left hand corner of the Print window to close the window.

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Exiting Admyte.

To exit ADMYTE, click on File in the menu bar and choose Quit from the list of options.

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Last Updated: 30 March 2001
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