A Style Sheet for the Electronic Publication of
Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of
[A work in progress . . .]
In general, the goal is to make the electronic
versions of Cervantes: Bulletin of the Cervantes Society of America
resemble as much as possible the regularly printed versions insofar as
this is possible within the restraints of HTML code for text. Note that the
text format has been chosen rather than a graphics format so as to allow
electronic searches as well as the cutting and pasting of the text into other
This page will list some of the conventions
used in the electronic texts.
The indents for the start of individual paragraph indents will be created
by inserting five non-breaking space characters [ with no regular
space characters] before the first letter of the paragraph. E.g.:
Aside from these rather theoretical and somewhat
general studies, critics have obviously continued to deal with concrete problems
of interpretation regarding Dulcinea . . .
For text attributes use the tags <B>bold</b>,
<SMALL>small</SMALL>. Do not use
<EM>enhanced mode</EM> or
+1>larger font</FONT>, or <FONT
-1>smaller font</FONT>. Let the user's browser determine
the fonts and font sizes (other than the relative sizes big and small).
For foreign language characters, use the written out versions where posible,
or the number format for others:
Quotation marks: curly quotation marks will be used instead of
the "straight" ones both for single and double quotes: (‘),
(’), (“), (”). However, the
regular apostrophe (') will be used instead of the curly one (), e.g.,
This is done because: 1) the printed text does
indeed use distinct opening and closing quotes, 2) directional quotes make
the text more intelligible, and 3) because the curly quotes look
far more professional. There is of course one drawback: they are less easily
searched for. For that reason the ordinary apostrophe will be used.
Line breaks in articles: Use a single linebreak <BR> beween paragraphs
and between footnotes unless a blank line is inserted between them in the
Use a paragraph break <P> between the
last line of text [except for footnotes] on a page and the footnotes, and
between the last line on a page and the header for the next page.
All the footnotes at the bottom of page
are included within a single pair of opening and closing <SMALL> tags.
To separate the last line of a footnote on a page and the header for the
next page, use <BR>, then the closing </SMALL> tag then a second
<BR> tag. Placing one <BR> before </SMALL> eliminates the
problem of extra space inserted between the last two lines of the last footnote
(both on the screen and in printed versions).
Dashes used for parenthetical remarks: use —  preceded or
followed by a regular space character for the opening and closing dashes.
Rocinante not el rucio is a horse . . .
Note: The added space character does not appear in the original versions,
but its use: 1) allows the frase to be divided between lines, 2) helps clarify
on the screen the opening and closing aspects of the dash, and 3) may help
to identify word boundaries in searches.
Dashes in lists of works cited/consulted for indicating the same author as
given above: use —— . E.g.:
Cervantes, Miguel de. El ingenioso hidalgo de la
Mancha . . . .
. Novelas ejemplares . . .
Note: Each entry in the list of works cited ends with a paragraph break
<P>; this is a substitute for the hanging indents used in the written
Elipsis periods will consists of three periods separated by non-breaking
space characters [. . .] so they resemble the printed text
and remain a single non-divisible unit. When occuring between words without
other punctuation, they will be preceded and followed by a regular space
character, allowing the line breaks before or after the elipisis; when proceded
or followed by other punctuation the elipsis will be joined to both the adjacent
word and the punctuation with a non-breaking space character to prevent the
separation of the units on the screen. E.g.:
Note: An alternate would be to use … (...) preceded by a non-breaking
space where necessary; however, this character would be non-searchable for
most users; on the other hand, a search for . . . will return
instances of periods separated botoh by regular spaces and by non-breaking
spaces (at least when using a browser).
Other recommendations concerning style (ones which do not pertain
specifically to HTML matters):
Capitalization for titles:
English: Normal rules for English, i.e., capitalize major words, but not
articles, etc.; capitalize the word after a colon when it begins a type of
Spanish: Normal rules for Spanish , i.e., capitalize only the initial word
and proper nouns; also capitalize the word after a colon when it begins a
type of sub-title [??].)
Century and siglo
English: Write out the number in full, and do not capitalize, e.g., the
sixteenth century. Use a hyphen only when the phrase is used as an
adjective to modify a noun, e.g., sixteenth-century literature.
Spanish: Do not capitalize siglo, and use roman numerals after
it, e.g., el siglo XVI. [Note: Capitalize Siglo de Oro.]