From A to C

I’m still working on adding all the named days from the back of R. W. Bauer’s book. The work is proving more time-consuming than initially thought.

Progress

So far I’ve made it a bit into the days that starts with C. That is a bit more than five two-column pages of named days out of approximate 42 - or around 12 percent. I’ve been on and off the project, but when I have some time, I usually manage to do half a page or a full page if I’m lucky.

I got help from my wife entering one page. This weekend, I experimented with some way to split the entering of the text from R. W. Bauer and adding and adjusting it to the code. Hopefully that will make it easier to involve my wife or anybody else who wants to help - and allow me to speed up the process.

Time consumption

As I move forward, I have to make small adjustments to the way I handle the days in the code. I’m trying to just get something working quickly without trying to anticipate all the different issues that exists around named days.

R. W. Bauer indicates a relationship between some days. When listing one day, Bauer sometimes list other names afterwards, indicating other names for the same day. For a start, I have been trying to represent just one day, with several aliases. Some named days have changed over time. I’ve written about “Mariæ bebudelse” earlier. There are other days and types of changes. For instance, regarding “Peders stol” (or “Cathedra S. Petri”), Bauer indicates that after the year 1558 two different named days “Cath. Petri Romae” and “Cath. Petri Antiochiae” were celebrated, with the latter falling on the original date, while the “Romae” one was celebrated on January 18. For now I decided to just create three separate days, and not model any relationship between them.

Another issue that takes some time is trying to allow for not having to write the name of the days exactly as put in Bauer’s work. I try to add some variations and flexibility and I try to learn some of the common words and abbreviations used as I go along. An example is the occurrence of “ab.”, “abb.” and “abbas”, which seems to refer to the same thing; the head or a monastery. I’m trying to generalize, so one can enter either of these and still find the day, no matter if Bauer wrote it out or abbreviated it in one or the other way.

Until next time

I will continue entering named days and will try to see if I can get help from my wife. As always, any feedback in the comments below will be appreciated. And if you are interested in helping out with entering the named days from R. W. Bauer, please write me on feedback@estorical.com.