vHMML School Help

vHMML is a work in progress. As you use it, please let us know what should be corrected or augmented. We welcome suggestions for features that you would find useful in future releases. Please contact us with suggestions or improvements.

For the current release of vHMML School, be aware that

  • Most manuscript images in School are zoomable, but some are not. If you can see a set of six circle buttons in the upper left-hand corner of the image when the cursor hovers over the image,toolbar from openseadragon image viewer then you can zoom away using the buttons, features on your mouse, or gestures on a trackpad. The "home" circle button openseadragon home button will reset the image to the original position; the square with diagonal arrow circle button openseadragon full-screen mode button will display the image in full-screen mode.
  • When viewing an exercise answer, transcription solution, or floating table of letterforms, users will be unable to use the Next or Previous buttons until the respective dialog box/window is closed.
  • When viewing a floating table of letterforms or a transcription solution, the image cannot be zoomed until you close the floating table. If you need to zoom in while viewing the floating table, first close the table, then zoom the image to the desired level and reopen the table.
  • When viewing a zoomable image in full screen display, neither transcription solutions nor letterform tables can be viewed. We suggest that you take a screenshot of the table, or copy and paste its contents to a document that can be saved or printed.
  • If there are multiple exercise answers or multiple transcription solutions for various columns on a single lesson page, only one answer or solution is viewable at a time.

vHMML is optimized for the following browsers and platforms

  • Chrome running on both Windows and Mac OS
  • Firefox running on both Windows and Mac OS
  • Safari version 9.x and later running on Mac OS and iOS 10 (iPad mini and larger screens)

Universal Design

  • vHMML was envisioned, designed and created with principles of Universal Design in mind for all users, including those with different abilities. Accessibility for users who might utilize different input devices or assistive technology was considered from the very beginning. Part of the goal was to try to make the interface more flexible to be accessible for all kinds of users, especially for Reading Room and Folio.
  • We provided point of need context-sensitive Help on all modules, with contact email available from any page from a contact link in the footer.
  • HMML realizes that accessibility and Universal Design are goals in which we can continue to improve. Please contact us if you have issues accessing our vHMML site or if you have ideas for how we might continue to improve our design so that all may participate in using our resources and tools for manuscript studies.

Technical: Minimum system requirements

  • Screen size of at least iPad mini: 200 x 134.7 mm (7.87 x 5.30 in)
  • Up-to-date browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or equivalent) with JavaScript enabled
  • If running a Macintosh, OS X 10.9 or later

Known issues

  • Note: vHMML has not been optimized for smaller devices such as iPhones or Android phones.
  • Older Mac OS X systems prior to version 10.9 may appear to run, but specific features such as Reading Room search and feedback corrections or additions may be inoperable.
  • Because of the high-resolution of the images used in vHMML, users with slow internet connections may experience a delay in image loading.
  • Zoomable images (1): If a user quickly left-clicks the mouse and then right-clicks (or vice versa), the browser window may become frozen. The user may then be trapped within the zoomable image; trying to click off of the image does not regain control of the page. As a workaround for this issue, press Ctrl+R or F5 to refresh the browser; on an iOS device, click the refresh/reload page button on the browser. This is an issue with the Open Sea Dragon image viewer used in the vHMML School Lessons. (https://github.com/openseadragon/openseadragon/issues/626).
  • Zoomable images (2): Some manuscript images can be zoomed in closer than others. This is linked to the quality of the image made available to us by the owning institutions. We set the maximum zoom level for each image so as to avoid blurred or pixelated images.