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TC Notes: A Message from the Editor

Message 5 - March 3, 1998

Frames and Other Changes to TC

In conjunction with the publication of the first six articles in TC 3 (1998), TC has undergone major changes in its appearance on the Web. Most noticeable is the use of frames to allow readers to move between articles, tables of contents , the TC home page, and other TC pages with greater ease. The TC home page, the table of contents pages, and the TC Links page (and perhaps others in the future) will make use of a vertical navigator on the left side of the sc reen that allows users to jump immediately to other TC pages. These pages will also use a horizontal frame at the bottom of the screen for navigating within a particular page. I hope that these innovations will make browsing TC more enjoya ble and finding information easier.

A second major change can be seen on the table of contents pages. In the past, readers were given a choice on the table of contents pages among articles that used transliterated text, original scripts, and text-only versions of articles stored on the TC FTP site. The new policy will be to have readers who want to read an article link directly to the original scripts page by default, from which they can choose to view the transliteration or text-only pages. The advent of Embedded Fonts (see TC Notes 3) and the ready availability of Web browsers that display these fonts, as well as a desire to simplify the table of contents pages, prompted us to make this change.

Peer-reviewed electronic journals are rapidly becoming accepted as legitimate scholarly publications, and with the publication of the six articles on the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior, TC continues to be a leader among el ectronic journals in the field of biblical studies. It is my hope that the changes we have made to the look of TC will not be merely cosmetic but will enhance the usefulness of our site, highlighting some of the advantages that electronic publishi ng has to offer to the scholarly community.