Tips for Using the The Milton Reading Room

The Milton Reading Room is best browsed using browsers that support cascading stylesheets, that is Internet Explorer 6 (Windows) or 5.2 (Macintosh) or better. I especially recommend more recent browsers like Safari 1.2 (Mac only) and Mozilla Firefox (both Mac and Windows). The Reading Room does not contain any Java scripts, but a few of the sites it links to use them, so it's best to have javalink on. If you use a color monitor, you might like to have the link underlining turned off, since the highlighting alone is disruptive enough to the poetry.

In the Text frames of The Reading Room, all hypertext links prompt annotations to appear in the Notes frame below. In most browsers, you may resize this frame if you wish.

The hypertext links in the Notes frame all link either to other Milton texts in The Reading Room (without the Navigation and Notes frames), or to other sites on the web, using the web as a kind of virtual library. These links always appear in a different window, so that the primary Milton text stays visible. Once you have clicked on the first link leading out of The Reading Room site, you most likely will want to resize the new window that appears so that you can read it alongside or just overlapping the Milton text window. This way you can refer to both the link target and the link source at once. Netscape users (and some others) may have to look for the new window underneath the first, unless you have resized and repositioned the window for the reference links. In general you should avoid having your browser window fill your screen completely. Using your browser's "Open with New Window" or Explorer's "Open Link in New Window" features, you may open several windows at once, and thus read several texts side by side. For Mac users, just hold the mouse button until this option appears; Windows users should right click. This is especially useful for keeping linked texts on the screen and for comparing translations.

When links take you to other Milton texts, they go straight to the lines or pages desired. Links to other texts on the web (like Homer, Virgil, Calvin, and such) also usually take you straight to the desired passage, but not always. You may find the place you need by using your browser's rudimentary search mechanism (command-F): pick a keyword and repeat the search until you find the place referred to. It usually takes only a few seconds.

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