While I’m probably the biggest proponent for paper copies of the Historian, there are several capabilities we can add to the electronic version that were literally impossible to do before. So, starting with the February 2014 issue of the Historian, we will be all-electronic.
The most important capability allows us to embed hyperlinks.
What’s a hyperlink you say? This is a live link that we can embed into an article that, by clicking on it, takes you to another web page which will have additional information about that topic; sort of an über-footnote.
Here’s an example: RPWRHS HistoryWiki
. By clicking on the greenish text to the left, you will end up at the introduction page of the
HistoryWiki feature on our website.
The HistoryWiki has over 22,632 pages of information (as of 2/4/14). It works just like Wikipedia because we use the same software. You can return to the Historian page you were on by using the return feature of your browser (upper left corner on most browsers).
With paper, if we wanted to direct you to external information, we provided the web address on the page of the Historian and if you wanted to see this additional information you had to type it into your web browser. This is no longer necessary!
We’re also expanding the amount of illustrations that we will be able to provide. Sometimes at an event we ended up with several photos. In the past this forced us to select only one for inclusion in the Historian.
We have now added a “scrapbook” feature. You’ll be able to click on a hyperlink in the article and be whisked away to see those additional photos/illustrations, which we were never able to show you in the past because we couldn't use the extra pages needed.
All paper-based publishing lives and dies on the “divisible by four” rule. The number of pages always has to be a number that is divisible by four. This is no longer the case. You can print one page, if needed, on your
printer. It doesn’t mandate you print four every time you want to print something. So, we can now use odd numbers of pages. If you print a full copy of the Historian, your printer will deliver just that many pages.
In paper, we could have ended up with blank pages to keep the count divisible by four. There are, of course, special cases where only two pages could be added to a printed book or magazine. But we’re not giving a course in printing.
The method we used mandated the divisible by four page count. This forced us, once in a while, to drop longer articles in favor of shorter ones and carry the longer ones over to the next issue.
Now we can spend the few extra electrons to include the full article selection in each issue. There’s no need to include “filler” articles to use up extra blank space.
So, as you can see, the new electronic Historian will have much more for your enjoyment. Best of all, we didn't have to raise the price!