BUDA's Image and E-text Viewer

The Image Viewer

BDRC's new image viewer follows International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) standards and uses a custom implementation of the open-source Mirador viewer. It is specifically designed to accommodate long-format texts such as palm leaf or pecha manuscripts. To open the viewer navigate to the "Scans" tab in the record. 

On that page, there should be a sample image displayed.  Simply click on that image and the IIIF viewer will load.

If you are looking at a multi-volume work, you will be directed to the outline level of the Image viewer. At this level each volume of a work is displayed with a thumbnail image. In addition on the left hand side of the screen you will see an outline of the work. Both of these can be used to navigate between different volumes within the work. Clicking on either one will bring you to the chapter level view.

This is the default navigation level for all single volume works. At the volume level, you will be able to scroll freely through the images of a given volume. A page count is displayed under each page. By clicking on any page you will be brought to the individual page view.

At the page level, you can zoom in and manipulate the images of a page. On the left hand side of the screen, you can navigate through the images in the chapter. In the page viewer you have access to a toolbar at the bottom of the screen which will allow you to further manipulate the image. By clicking on the   Icon for adjusting display settings in IIIF viewer   button, you will find the features to adjust brightness, contrast, and color.

At the top of the viewer, there is also a navigation bar that allows you to switch between these different levels, and to return to the BDRC site.

The E-text Viewer

The new BDRC site provides multiple ways for you to interact with e-texts. Because the e-texts are fully searchable, you can even search for a word or a phrase in an e-text.

From the e-text record page, you can open the in-browser e-text viewer by clicking on the e-text symbol at the top of the screen.

Once in the e-text viewer, you can use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to view scanned pages (if available), download the e-text or, by clicking on the script button, select from English, Tibetan, and Chinese scripts for the Etext viewer.

On the left side of the toolbar you will find the option to download the e-text. Clicking "Download Etext" will open the e-text as a plain text file in another browser window. You can then: print the text; use your browser's "Save Page As…" function to download the text; or save it to PDF using your computer's "Save as PDF" function.  


Similar to the IIIF viewer, you will be able to exit the Etext viewer from the navigation bar at the top right of the screen.