WordPress + Scripto — Editor’s Role

The Editor’s Role

  • Log In: To use Scripto’s editor’s tools you must first log in to Scripto from the Scripto tab (remember, your Scripto login is entirely separate from your WordPress login). In WordPress, you can only access Scripto from the public side. Scripto provides a list of recent changes (See figure 11). The list includes a link to the file’s transcription page, a timestamp of the that edit to that file, and the title of the WordPress post. Editors will oversee transcriptions by clicking the links to the document pages. That will open a page that contains a file viewer on the top half of the page, and a transcription space below. Any edits or transcriptions will appear under the “Current Transcription” heading below the file viewer.

Figure 11

  • Edit: Edit the file further (for example, if there is an error in transcription or if there are formatting issues to correct) making sure to save all changes using the “Save transcription” button at the bottom left of the window (See figure 12).

Figure 12

  • Discuss: You may view or participate in discussions about the transcription using the “discuss page” link beneath the file viewer. Using the “discuss page” link, you may view any existing discussion. To add any text to the discussion, add your text, and save using the “Save discussion” button.

There are several other function links above the transcription.

  • “view history” will display the entire transcription history of the file (See figure 13). Using this history, editors can compare the changes made to a transcription, can see which transcriber edited the file, or revert the transcription back to a previous version.

Figure 13

  • To protect a file from further edits, you may use the “Protect this page” button (once a file has been protected, the button will read “Unprotect this page”).

Editors might protect a file for any number of reasons: a file has been completely transcribed; a file requires further research and editors would like to prevent edits in the meantime. Thus, a file can be protected permanently (i.e., a finished transcription), or protected temporarily and then unprotected later for more edits.

  • Import page: Once a transcription is complete and you are satisfied that there will be no more edits, you must then import into WordPress. From your transcription page, you will use the “Import this page” button located under the Scripto viewer. This will import the page transcription to a metadata field associated with the file.
  • Import all pages: Once all transcriptions are complete and you are satisfied that there will be no more edits, you must then import into WordPress. From the WordPress admin interface, edit the corresponding post, check the “Import all page transcriptions on update?” checkbox, and update the post. This will consolidate all the page transcriptions into one metadata field associated with the post.

Scripto is a free, open source tool for enabling community transcriptions of document and multimedia files.