Edirom Online Help (User Manual)

This document provides a general introduction to using Edirom Online. It describes the basic functions of the software. Please note that not all of the options described here are necessarily available in every edition using Edirom Online. This is due to the fact that contents have to be prepared accordingly and projects using Edirom Online have their own edition guidelines and concepts. Furthermore, some versions may contain more options than mentioned in this document due to edition-specific enhancements.

Table of contents

User interface

The user interface of Edirom Online is divided into several sections. At the top and bottom borders of the window you find Toolbar and Taskbar that provide access to all major Edirom functions. The space in between is called Desktop . At the top right corner of the Desktop is the so-called Navigator .

A sample view of an  screen, showing  (top),  (bottom), , and  (right). Figure 1. A sample view of an Edirom Online screen, showing Toolbar (top), Taskbar (bottom), Desktop, and Navigator (right).


Detail view of the . Figure 2. Detail view of the Toolbar.

Sample Toolbar, with Home button, and combo box for Selecting works at the left end and the Search Field on the right end.

At the very left of the Toolbar is the Home button , next to it is a combo box for Selecting works of the same edition; at the very right is the Search Field for locating contents.

Home button

The Home button reopens the startup dialog.

Selecting works

The next element is a combo box listing the works contained in the edition. If your Edirom Online contains more than one work, you can switch between works at any time. If you select a different work, the context of Search Field and Search will be set to the newly selected work, and the contents of the Navigator will be updated accordingly.

Any program windows that remain open with content from the last displayed work may stay open, depending on your settings (see below). This option allows comparing components of different works directly with one another. Please note, however, that the Edirom Online navigation options (see Open concordance navigator ) affect only the contents of the currently selected work, while (open) contents of other works remain unaffected.

Search Field

Clicking the magnifying lens icon triggers Open search window. By entering a query in the Search Field located on the menu bar, you can directly operate the search window, whereas this button just opens it. For the exact functions of the search window, see the corresponding chapter ( Search ).


At the top right corner of the Desktop, right below the Search Field, is the so-called Navigator. The Navigator contains an edition-specific list of content objects potentially organized in categories. Clicking on an item opens the corresonding item in a new window in the workspace.

A sample navigator. Behold the scrollbar on its right edge. Figure 3. A sample navigator. Behold the scrollbar on its right edge.

In case the navigator holds very many objects, a scroll bar located along the right edge of the window lets you scroll through the contents of the navigator. You can also scroll using the wheel of your mouse, if applicable.

Although always fixed to the top right corner of the workspace, you can resize the Navigator deliberately and also reduce it to a narrow bar below the Search Field , by drag-and-drop on its left or bottom edges.


The Desktop is the space between Toolbar and Taskbar. In this space all internal application windows are opened and arranged in order to show contents of an edition or to give access to further application functions. The internal application windows cannot be dragged out of this area. See Content windows for further details.


Detail view of the 
                        Figure 4. Detail view of the Taskbar

The Taskbar at the bottom of the Desktop gives access to content-related functions on the left, and meta-functions on the right.

Sort windows in grid

This button lets you arrange all open windows in tiles of a grid.

Sort windows horizontally

This buttons lets you arrange all open windows in horizontal rows.

Sort windows vertically

This buttons lets you arrange all open windows as tiles.

Show measure numbers

The Show measure numbers button lets you show or hide measure numbers globally in all windows.

Show annotations

This button lets you show or hide annotation icons globally in all windows. For further details see Content windows.
Annotation filter settings (see Filtering), however, can only be configured in the Window toolbar of each individual window.

Desktop {0}

This button lets you add another desktop to Edirom Online allowing for a complete new set of windows even from another work's context without modifying your current dektop(s).

Open concordance navigator

This button opens or closes the Concordances window.


You can use this button to display this Help (Edirom User Manual) window or to move it to the foreground.


The Search window can be opened by clicking the Search button (magnifying lens) on the Toolbar or by entering a search query in the Search Field and hitting ‘Return’. It will perform a text-based search on all edition contents.

After performing a search operation, all resulting hits are grouped as one result entry for every corresponding content item (text document, annotation, etc.). Furthermore, individual hits are highlighted within their surrounding context.

Clicking on an entry's title or on a highlighted search hit opens the corresponding content item with all search hits highlighted.

If a search operation scores more than three hits per entry a link named ‘show all hits’ will appear.


The Navigator offers quick access to the objects contained in the edition, which are opened by mouse click in a new Content windows on the current Desktop .

A sample navigator. Note the scrollbar on the right. Figure 5. A sample navigator. Note the scrollbar on the right.

The number of objects held by the Navigator may exceed the actual size of the panel. In this case a scrollbar at the right side of the window permits to scroll through the contents of the Navigator. The mouse wheel may be used as well.

Although the Navigator is fixed to the top right corner of the workspace, it is possible to resize and even to reduce it to a narrow bar below the Search button by drag-and-drop on its left or bottom edge.


The Concordances provides navigation by concordance, affecting those contents in windows currently open and associated with the concordance.

Different concordances can be selected from a drop down menu. Furthermore movements etc are accessible through a second drop-down If the selected concordance has subdivisions (e.g. movements) a second drop-down menu will appear to choose between them.

Slider with number indicating current connection; click display to trigger; use arrowheads to navigate back and forward step by step.

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                         with and without additional drop-down menu. 
                         with and without additional drop-down menu. Figure 6. Open concordance navigator with and without additional drop-down menu.

Below the slide control is a large button labeled Show. Click on this button to open the selected measure in all open sources on the current desktop. You can also navigate within sources using the two arrows to the left and right of the Show button, which allow you to browse forward or backward. Depending on your settings , only windows which are already opened are affected by this. If this particular measure exists in other sources currently not displayed, a small button on the lower right will appear . This buttons lets you open all relevant windows for the selected measure position and will rearrange all open windows.

A common use is a measure concordance which lets you display the content of a particular measure in all facsimiles and scores of the current work open on the Desktop . If the current work has more than one movement, a drop-down menu lets you select the desired one. Using a slide control, you may select the measure to be displayed when you click the button labeled Show.

Another example would be a concordance of scores and the corresponing verses of a libretto, in order to simultaneoulsy display the corresponding musical setting alongside a particular verseline. The presence of certain concordances depends on the particular edition.

Content windows

Content windows can be manipulated within the program in virtually the same way as normal operating system windows. Along the top edge of the window is a title bar that contains the name of the displayed item.

Below the title bar each window contains a Window toolbar. At the very left of this is a combo box for switching between Views; Views offer differnent perspectives on the content currently open in a window (e. g. Text , XML-View , Facsimile , etc.) At the bottom edge each window might contain a view specific Window taskbar with tools for manipulating the respective object. The availability of is dynamic and thus depends on the object being displayed. For example:

This is standard for all windows containing multiple views and allows for switching between views.

The object concept of Edirom Online has changed in comparison to the former Edirom Viewer, switching to a much more flexible and dynamic concept of objects. Thus windows no longer are of a certain type but dynamically provide views to an object depending on its contents. For a translation of the former window types to the new view concept see the below table.

Type of content Available views Comparable Edirom Viewer object
XML resource XML view -
Editorial text in TEI Metadata view, Text view, XML view Text
MEI file Metadata view, XML view -
MEI file with associated facsimile images Metadata view, Facsimile view, XML view Score window
MEI work file Metadata view, Annotations view, XML view -

Each open window is represented as button in the Taskbar holding the window title, a feature that might be known from certain computer operating systems. Clicking on this entry toggles show/hide window function.

When multiple windows are open, the entry in the Taskbar indicates which window is currently active (and will thus react to certain key combinations): The corresponding entry of the currently active window is highlighted in contrast to those of non-active windows. Windows can be arranged on the desktop as desired by on the title bars.

At the right end of the title bar are three buttons:

click on this symbol to the windowe to the Taskbar.
click on this symbol to the window on the current desktop.
click on it to close the corresponding window..

Windows can be resized by dragging any edge or corner of the window frame. This allows the user to customize his or her own workspace.

In addition to other content-dependent control elements, some advanced window organization options are also available (already described above, see Taskbar ).


The entry Text is available on a window's View Menu if the content item of the window is a text-based item, e. g. a TEI file. The text appears in a form similar to that of a website and may include links to other content (depending on the edition, appearance of actual links may vary). Clicking on these links opens the corresponding item in the same window. To open the link in a new window, hold down the Control key (Windows) or the Command key (Mac OS X) while clicking.

Text view specific controls will appear in the Window toolbar, these include:

Window toolbar
Go to…
This combo box allows to skip to a certain chapter of a text.


The Facsimile shows source images and provides controls for navigating in a source.

The Window toolbar of the facsimile and score window contains the following additional control menus:

allows configuration of displayed layers, or superimposed measure numbers (for a detailed description see Display ).
allows configuration of superimposed annotation symbols (for a detailed description see Annotations ).
Go to…
allows jumping to certain measures or movements of the current source (for a detailed description see Go to… ).

The Window taskbar contains following controls for navigating the source contents:

Page based view
switches to a page based navigation of the source.
Measure based view
switches to a measure based navigation of the source.
Zoom Slider
allows for zooming in and out of the page currently displayed.
Fit facsimile
Fits the current page into the window.
Measure Spinner respectively Page Spinner
The number indicated by the number field either shows the currente page number (Page based view), or measure number (Measure based view). Switching to another page or measure is possible either by clicking on the respective arrow heads for leafing through, or entering a number in the number field, in which case a filtered list of possible numbers will appear. The possible numbers correspond to those used by the editor for the source and therefore do not always begin with 1 and might include any alphanumeric character.

Some additional controls appear when switching to the Measure based view:

Movement combo box
Allows for selecting the movement from which measures shall be displayed.
Select parts
Allows for selecting the parts to be displayed. This control is only available if the current source has parts marked.
Measure range
This input field allows entering the number of measures being displayed.

Zoom level can be increased or decreased using the scroll function of the mouse wheel. At the bottom of the window, you can browse the different pages of the source .


Display menu grants access to the following functions:

Show/Hide measures
This option lets you control the superimposition of measure numbers for the displayed source. Measure numbers appear in the center of the corresponding measure. Measure numbers can also be shown or hidden via the keyboard ('B' for the currently active window, 'Shift+B' for all facsimile windows).
Fit facsimile
This entry triggers a command to adjust zoom-level of the source to fit the current window size.
This menu entry lets you show or hide existing layers in the score, if there are any provided by the edition. These could include, for example, colored markings to visually highlight autograph additions in facsimiles or similar features.


The Annotations menu provides access to following functions:

Show/Hide annotations
This option lets you display Critical Report annotations as annotation symbols superimposed on the facsimies . The user can also filter annotations by priority and category (see below). In each source, only annotations relating to that source are shown. If you mouse over an annotation symbol, a tooltip appears showing additional information concerning the annotation. Click on the symbol to open the annotation in a separate window.
This sub-menu shows all priorities (if any) of annotations contained in the current source and lets you activate/de-activate their display in the facsimile view.
This sub-menu shows all categories (if any) of annotations contained in the current source and lets you activate/de-activate their display in the facsimile view.

Go to…

The Go to… menu provides access to following functions:

Go to measure…
This option opens a dialog allowing you to enter movement and measure number you want to be displayed.
Go to movement/number…
This sub-menu shows all priorities movements contained in the current source. Selecting an item will load the respective first page.


Selecting XML-View from View Menu shows the XML data of the current item. A couple of controls are added to the corresponding Window toolbar, being:

This is the Decrease font size button that lets you decrease font size in the XML-View
This is the Increase font size button that lets you increase font size in the XML-View
Line #
The Show line numbers button lets you show and hide the line numbers on the left hand side of the XML-View.


Selecting Annotations from View Menu shows readings or individual annotations from the Critical Report of the current item. The default appearance is a list of all annotations with four columns for following annotation detail:

Indicates the order of the annotations.
Gives the title of the annotation; often used to give a first impression of the annotation's subject matter.
Indicates the categories assigned to a given annotation.
gives the priority assigned to a given annotation.

Clicking on a column head will resort the list on the basis of this columns data, a seconnd click on the same column head will reverse the sort order. When hovering over a column head a arrowhead will appear on the right edge of the column title, giving access to a context menu that allows for:

Double-clicking on an annotation entry in the list will switch to a focused view of all the annotation's details. This again allows for three different kinds of display, available through the Display menu added to the Window toolbar. All available display modes offer complete annotation text and metadata but differ in the way the present corresponding sources as follows:

Grid view
presents images of all corresponding sources in an overview grid, double-clicking a single item shows this item in Single view (see below).
Single view
shows the respective source detail maximized to the annotation view's boundaries; arrow heads to left and right allow for stepping through all images. Double-clicking returns to Grid view (see above) or List view (see below), whichever you entered this view from.
List view
Gives a list providing corresponding Source and Title.

Moreover following controls are added to Window taskbar:

List view
Returns the view to the general list of annotations.
Previous annotation
Moves to the previous annotation with respect to filters and sort options applied in .
Next annotation
Moves to the next annotation with respect to filters and sort options applied in .
Open all sources
Opens detail view of all sources corresponding to the currently selected annotation.
Close all sources
Only available when Open all sources has been operated before, closes all respective windows.

Working with annotations

Annotations from an edition's Critical Report can be accessed in different ways through Edirom Online. (1) Icons displayable in the sources already provide a great deal of information as tooltip and allow accessing the complete Critical Report by double-clicking the icon. (2) The complete Critical Report usually is available through a work object's Annotations .

Moreover Edirom Online provides additional means for adding accessing individual annotations by assigning them Categories and a Priority. The specific use of these options depends on the applicable edition guidelines, for example in terms of the categories actually used. Therefore, the following descriptions should not be considered complete documentation but simply an introduction to the basic concepts.

A sample screenshot with annotation icons displayed in a source and tooltip of a single annotation. Figure 7. A sample screenshot with annotation icons displayed in a source and tooltip of a single annotation.


An annotations Priority gives a hint towards its relevance for the edition. Visualization of an annotation's Priority in Facsimile is achieved by color-coding the symbols:

Priority 1 annotations deal with key edition-related issues of potential interest to all readers of the edition and are denoted by a completely red symbol.
Priority 2 annotations deal with important aspects of the edition which are, however, not of major importance to the edition as such. These annotations are indicated by progressively red-to-yellow symbols.
Priority 3 annotations include observations from the editor, which typically serve only to document sources and are of no real relevance to the editorial work. These are represented by yellow symbols.


Annotations are typically assigned to one or more Categories, each of which may have its own symbol. These symbols are likewise displayed in the color coded box when displaying annotation icons in the Facsimile . It is thus possible to determine the type of annotation content by its symbol.

The annotation categories that are actually available depend on the edition. Typical examples include slur placement, expressive marking or articulation.

Category: Symbol in the facsimile:
Expressive marking
Choral text
Combination of multiple categories
Figure 8. Examples of symbols for annotation categories.


Filtering the display of annotations is both possible in the Annotations menu and Facsimile . For respective descriptions see the corresponding sections of this document.

All annotations belonging to at least one of the selected categories are shown in the facsimile. Please note that filtering by multiple categories will yield all annotations assigned to at least one of these categories; filtering for annotations assigned to all selected categories is not possible.

Help (Edirom User Manual)

The Help (Edirom User Manual) window is (in contrast to content related windows) a stand-alone window and can only be opened once. Clicking the button several times will toggle show/hide for the help window, respectively bringing it to the foreground if hidden behind other windows.