Middle English Dictionary Now Online

From      owner-tei-l@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU Mon Aug  3 12:23:54 1998
Date:     Mon, 03 Aug 1998 12:00:55 -0500 (CDT)
From:     Chris Powell <sooty@umich.edu>
Subject:  Middle English Dictionary now online

The University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Middle English Compendium at:


The Compendium provides access to and interconnectivity among three resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse based on the MED bibliographies, and a full-text Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse.

The MED and the Corpus are encoded in SGML using the Text Encoding Initiative Guidelines. The first installment (currently online) includes 1,073 HyperBibliography entries covering 1,526 copies of Middle English texts, 15,940 MED entries covering M-U (more than one-third of the projected complete print MED), and 42 searchable texts in the Corpus.

The Compendium is currently available for free during this testing period (until December 31, 1998); after this time, it will be available by institutional site license only through the University of Michigan Press. See:


for details.

We would appreciate any questions or comments about the functionality of the Compendium; email us at mec-info@umich.edu.

Christina Powell
Coordinator, Humanities Text Initiative
University of Michigan