A few weeks ago I posted this screenshot of transcribing documents using DEVONthink’s sorter and Lightzone. I’ve been working the past week or so on “transcribing” some jail census material from the 1780s that doesn’t lend itself to the sorter, and used this setup instead:
I need tables for these documents. I simply split the screen between preview (for the image) and Word. One could obviously use any word processor or text editor. On the plane this week, I also used this setup to transcribe a couple of cases– including a bestiality case that almost ended in capital punishment in 1800. The defendant argued that one could not assume proximity to an animal’s anterior interior, especially without a full moon, was related to sexual perversion and that he could prove it if the court gave him a chance to re-present his own witnesses. They took pity, and gave him a chance to reargue the case. I don’t know why, but it seems that all of the bestiality cases I have originated in Ecuador’s coastal zone, and never the highlands. If I use this setup for normal cases, I usually will save the files as .rtf, rather than .doc, for more easy manipulation with TAMS Analyzer, which I’m using to to look at patterns in the language of various types of sexual crime prosecutions.
In the case of the jail censuses above, I later take the weekly tallies (which constituted the charts above), and make entries in a Filemaker Pro database for each individual. It’s a large database– heading towards 7500 individual detainees. The weekly files are essentially backups for that database– and I also keep a hard copy of them. The database eases analysis of gender, crime-type, and judge trends.