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McLean, PAPERS CONCERNING ROBERTSON'S COLONY IN TEXAS, Volume I
ABOUT THIS VOLUME
This is the 2015 version of this material on the Internet, the first version having been online since 1998. The contents of Dr. McLean's book remain the same, but improvements have been made to the online access, taking advantage of the better Internet browsers now available.
How to size the displayed pages
The page-images from scanning the book are measured in pels (picture elements or "dots") of width and height. All the page-images are 1200 pels wide, except for the maps. The page images are first displayed half-size, 600 pels wide, for older personal computer screens. Clicking on the navigation-bar link "HiRes" (see below) will display the full page image for reading or printing.
Current Internet browsers are able to resize displayed images over a wide range. For example, the Windows Internet Explorer 11® provides two commands for adjusting size:
The following two steps are suggested:
The original hardbound book is presented in its entirety, including notation of blank pages, as a succession of page images with the following exceptions. The Contents page and three indexes are made available in the HTML language of the Internet to provide rapid access to the page images. The three indexes are:
Here are some details on how to move around within the online volume. At the top
and bottom of each page you will see a navigation bar with the following
This section documents some technical details of the design of this online Volume.
Scanning. Dr. McLean had an unbound copy of the book, which made it much easier to get straight page-images. The book was first photocopied at 90% size (so that line length + small white border = 6"). The copies were darkened as much as possible so that the toner would thicken the lines of the characters, without darkening the white background. These copies were then scanned at 200 dpi, 256-level grayscale and saved temporarily as uncompressed .TIF files. A graphics program was used to reduce the 256-levels to 4, thereby reducing the size of the images.
HTML. The objective was to use HTML Level 3.2, but just its simplest commands. The hope was and is that Internet browsers will continue to support this oldest standard HTML. Otherwise, millions of still-viable web pages of historical and genealogical material will become unavailable. Also, HTML 3.2 must be the smallest part of modern browsers, and not a burden to keep.
The HTML Validation Service of The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) was used to proof these online pages.
A small conceit: The HTML 3.2-illegal attributes, HR color="maroon" and TABLE bordercolor="maroon," were used to brighten otherwise drab black and white pages. There has not been a problem in 17 years. The original Internet browsers supported the "illegal" attributes. Browers that do not, simply skip such attributes.
This online version has been prepared by John Robertson McLean and myself.
H. David Maxey