British Library WPF Application: Leaf through & annotate historic texts

The British Library has launched an application that uses the Windows Presentation Foundation to let you leaf through historic texts.  Like Doninoken (mentioned yesterday), it's published as an XBAP - a WPF application that runs within Internet Explorer, and uses WPF's 3D capabilities.

Check it out - you can read Alice written in Lewis Carroll's original (pristine) handwriting!  And magnify an original DaVinci Codex or two.

The app also includes the ability to read or listen to expert commentary on each page, and store or share your own notes - so it's a shared, collaborative experience.

I would love to see some Irish texts in an app like this too.  Book of Kells, perhaps?  Perhaps a little Joyce

Yes I said yes I think Yes.

[Update: Tim Sneath has a great summary of this application in his blog.]

Comments (2)
  1. Will says:

    Joyce? Are you kidding? Have you ever seen a Joyce manuscript?

    Near the end of his life his eyesight was so bad he was writing 1 word a page!

    Interesting if headache inducing read.

  2. RobBurke says:

    Will, you’re not joking! I can hardly read the samples of his writing at

    His writing is even more incomprehensible than Finnegans Wake. 🙂

    On the other hand, launch the British Library app and have a look at Lewis Carroll’s pristine handwriting.  It must have taken him ages to write that book!

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