5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 30, 2019 12:48 PM by Victoria Van Hyning

    Hypenated words at the ends of lines

    Beth Graham Adventurer

      When transcribing a word at the end of a line that's been hyphenated, is it better to type the entire word on one line or another? For example, in the section

       

      census of 1860 and the elections shall be con-

      ducted according to the former and in the

       

      is LC preference to transcribe it as

       

      census of 1860 and the elections shall be conducted

      according to the former and in the

       

      or

       

      census of 1860 and the elections shall be

      conducted according to the former and in the

       

      or does it even matter?

       

      Nitpickingly yours --

      Beth

        • Re: Hypenated words at the ends of lines
          Natalie Buck Newbie

          I just posted a question about format, and I think this ties in. My experience prior to coming over to LoC to transcribe has been with Smithsonian requirements/requests. They ask you to just type all the way because their system doesn't imitate the formatting of the transcriber's input box.

          For example: If you were to transcribe

          census of 1860 and the elections shall be con-

          ducted according to the former and in the

           

          It would show up in the system (and to the reviewer) as:

           

          census of 1860 and the elections shall be con-ducted according to the former and in the

           

          So does our formatting in the input box matter?

          • Re: Hypenated words at the ends of lines
            Henry Rosenberg Scout

            Hi Beth- This is in the "How to Transcribe" page from LOC. I hope this helps. The short is to not break up the words.

            https://crowd.loc.gov/help-center/how-to-transcribe/

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              • Re: Hypenated words at the ends of lines
                Beth Graham Adventurer

                My question, though, is whether the transcribed word should appear in full at the end of the line or at the beginning of the next line (that is, does LOC have a preferred style?). It may not matter, but I'd like to know so that I do it consistently. (Thank you for referring me to the "How to Transcribe" page; I had reviewed that prior to posting my question.)

                 

                 

                So, in

                 

                "census of 1860 and the elections shall be con-

                 

                ducted according to the former ..."

                 

                should it be transcribed as

                 

                "census of 1860 and the elections shall be conducted

                 

                according to the former ..."

                 

                or as

                 

                "census of 1860 and the elections shall be

                 

                conducted according to the former ..."