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How to use

This page explains how to navigate in The website and how to use The edition of the Liber glossarum

The website

In the top banner you will find five menus

The page The Liber glossarum presents briefly the text.
The page The LibGloss project traces the history of the current edition, presents the members of the team and the principles of editing.
This page How to use... explains how to use the website and the present edition.
Under Research data are detailed descriptions of each manuscript.
Finally, the bibliography page summarizes the sigla used in the edition, as well as the bibliographical references relating to Lib. Gl.
Under this menu, two reading modes are offered: a linear reading, letter by letter (Read Letters) and a course 'by sections' (Browse Sections) that allows navigating through the structure of the glossary (page under construction).
The Liber Glossarum presents two main types of information: the text itself (lemmas and glosses) and indication of their origin. This edition has developed various search features based on these two types of information:
  • Search Text offers a search engine dedicated to the text: the lemma and its gloss. It is also possible to call a particular entry using its identifier (ID entry: see How to use the edition). In addition, an advanced search feature provides access to notes and other critical information.
  • Search List allows obtaining lists of entries based on the authors and references to the works.
  • Finally the page Compare in context open two panels that display two entries face-to-face.

To help you find information on the website.

Useful links
Here are the links to: institutional sites, the main manuscripts online, as well as the two Dossiers d'HEL (n ° 8 and 10) dedicated to Lib. gl.

The edition

This digital edition offers several reading options:

The Read menu allows to display the text of an entire letter, while the Search menu provides a search engine with specific search options.
To learn more about the Lib. gl. encoding, see our documentation.


Entries in the Liber glossarum (encoded here as <entryFree>) contain at least two items: a word, the lemma (encoded as <form>), and its explanation, the gloss (encoded as <def>), sometime only a synonym.
Moreover, explanations often bear a tag of their source, i.e. an indication of its provenance (for example: Augustini, Gregorii, Esidori, etc.) with more or less details regarding works’ titles (encoded as <author>).
In addition, the manuscripts transmit many critical signs, some inherited from the archetype and copied by scribes, other added by later correctors. In both case, we kept these critical indications as part of the Liber glossarum text (encoded as <note type="ms">).
The images below show the connection between typographical codes used in our edition and the information available on the manuscripts themselves (here from P).
Caption: P fol. 201rc

Displayed as

Information displayed
1. Signum criticum In red
2. Author In blue
3. Lemma In purple (bold)
4. Gloss In black
5. Header: ID(*) + lemma
6. Reference In grey
(*) ID: the entry ID is composed by the two first letter of the alphabetical section and a continuous number.

1. Read Letters
To select a letter, click on it in the alphabet located at the top of the Read menu.
When the letter has been displayed, you can browse through lemmas and display entries by cliking the '+' (plus) sign and the '-' (minus) to close it.
The critical apparatus on the right follow the same code of color (a), while notes regarding to the glosses appear as bubbles (b).
a) Notes located in the right margin concern the entire entry, Author, lemma and critical signs.
b) Notes regarding the gloss itself can be opened/closed by a click on the small red '+' (plus sign) following a word.
Thus, in the example below (ST 42), the red note refers to the critical sign, while the blue one refers to the source. There is no note on lemme here, which would be purple.

2. Browse Sections
(coming soon!)


To date (January 2017) the full text of the Liber Glossarum is available. However, all letters are not yet up to the same level of completion. The letters concerned are C and S (still being edited), as well as P (currently being collated against ms P).