Collation and Transcription Software
For Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and DOS.
The software described below was originally created for the Donne
Variorum by computer
support personnel at The University of Southern Mississippi and other
We here make the programs available without charge under the terms of
GPL Public License
(external link), asking only that all who use the programs to produce
printed works, whether on paper or electronically, explicitly
the programs and their origins in the final published product.
for the programs is held by Gary A. Stringer, Research Professor at
Texas A&M University.
Credits and Introduction
DV-COLL is the most recent
version of the Donne Variorum textual
collation program. A revision of Coll60, the
DOS program originally written in GW-BASIC by Bill Vilberg and Bruce
and later modified by Raoul Jerome, this Windows version was initially
written in VISUAL BASIC by Cameron Purvis, later modified by Johan
Bjursell, and then updated again by Cameron Parvis). It runs in all versions from Windows 95 through Windows
7. Though designed explicitly for the textual work in the
Donne Variorum project, DV-COLL will be equally useful in editing the
of other poets whose works exist in multiple copies that need to be
and analyzed in character-by-character detail. DV-COLL can compare up
250 transcriptions of a given poem at once, saving the resulting
as a simple text file (an ASCII file) in columnar format for easy
and manipulation with a word processor. Installation of the program is
virtually automatic (see below); and--after a brief period of
people will find use of DV-COLL itself convenient and easy. Indeed,
of the work of running collations consists in the preparation of the
files to be collated, and we have provided a frame file generator (F-GEN,
a Windows update of the original GW-BASIC program written
S. A. Stringer) to aid in this task. The DV-COLL--F-GEN package is
with the requisite VISUAL BASIC supporting libraries.
These instructions will walk you through the process of downloading
and installing the programs; related documents included in the
("Using DV-COLL" and "Using F-GEN") explain how to use them. A linked
below also specifies which files will be downloaded and where the
program will locate them on your computer. Coll60
(for DOS) requires
40KB of disk space; Framegen requires 43KB. The
of the programs, however, are much larger: the full
DV-COLL—which includes F-GEN and complete documentation—requires
1.3 megabytes of disk space. Note that there are separate installers
for Windows 95 through Windows XP and for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
DV-CollSetup.exe --for Windows
95--Windows XP (most
recent version of installer uploaded
in January 2003)
Windows Vista and Windows 7 (installer
uploaded in November 2008)
Coll60.exe -- The DV Textual
Collation Program for MS-DOS
Framegen.exe -- The DV Frame
File Generator for MS-DOS
Downloading the program(s)
- Select the program you wish to download from the list
above by clicking the appropriate link.
- A dialog box, usually a "Save As"
window, will appear.
This dialog box will vary from browser to browser, but all versions
a Cancel button, a Save or OK
button to initiate the
download, and some mechanism for navigating among the folders and files
on your computer. Typically, the destination folder initially presented
is the one to which you most recently saved a file. Windows 7 automatically saves downloads to a "Downloads" folder listed under "Favorites."
- Select a target folder in the "Save As" window and
It makes little difference where you download the DOS programs
likely end up moving them or keeping multiple copies on your machine.
you have an over-full desktop, however, it's easiest if you select
as the target for the Windows versions.
- The file transfer will be completed. Depending
the speed of your
internet connection, the download will take anywhere from a few seconds
to a few minutes; your browser should put up a bar graph or other means
of monitoring the progress of the file transfer. (In the unlikely
event of an error in the download, simply repeat the download process).
Netscape/Firefox usually signals the end of a download by clearing the
window; Internet Explorer usually sounds a "ding" or pops up a
Installing the program(s)
The DOS programs
These are self-contained, free-standing
programs that require no supporting files to run properly, and they are
small enough that you can keep a separate copy in each poem folder if
so desire. Both run correctly under Windows either in a DOS window or
straight DOS mode. Note, however, that use of Coll60
running Windows95 and higher requires addition of the following
to your config.sys file: FCBS=101
To use either of the DOS programs, simply travel
to the folder where
the program resides, type the program's name (without the ".exe"
and press <Enter>. It is also easy to create clickable
either program on your Desktop.
The DV-COLL--F-GEN package for Windows 95
of these programs is automated by use of a separate setup program.
- Locate the DV-COLL setup program either on your
Desktop or in the folder to which you have saved it.
- Double-click on the setup program's icon. This
will be named either "DV-COLLSetup.exe" or "DV-COLL Setup Vista.exe,"
on which package you have selected.
- The setup program will display a Welcome to the Setup
(In the unlikely
event that the file was damaged in transit, the setup program will
an error message; should this happen, repeat the download
This Welcome screen will instruct you to close all other programs
continuing with the installation. When you have done so, click Next
to continue. You will then see the
- License Screen. It contains a copy of
GNU Public License,
which you can either read at this point or skip until later.
stated, the GPL explains that you are free to use and distribute the
so long as you don't try to prevent anyone else from doing the same.
more information, you can read about the GNU Project at
To accept the terms of licensure, click Yes.
- Location Selection Screen.
Choose the drive on which you wish to install the program.
You may do this by browsing to a drive or typing in the drive
name. It is strongly recommended that you install the program in
a primary directory/folder on the drive you select (e.g., C:\DV-Coll or
- Click the "Install" button on the "Ready to Install"
and proceed with the installation.
In the installation process, the setup program will copy files to
locations on your computer, as explained below. The process is quick,
you can monitor it on the graph that appears.
What will be installed on your computer
- Both the Windows packages will install the DV-COLL and F-GEN
and the documentation for using them. But these packages also require
presence of certain Visual Basic system files, and those not already present in your computer will also be installed.
- The setup program will create the
following folders for the installation if they do not already exist:
Start menu links will be
created in the Start -> Programs -> DV-COLL
group. To access this
group, click the Start button, scroll up to Programs,
then click on DV-COLL. The following items will
- DV-COLL--the main directory/folder for the programs and
- COLLDOC--a level-II subdirectory containing general
for the installation
- DV-COLL--a level-III subdirectory containing the documentation
- F-GEN--a level-III subdirectory containing the documentation
- ICONS--a level-II subdirectory containing the icons for the
The following desktop icons
will be placed on the Desktop for convenience in launching the programs:
- DV-COLL--launches the DV-COLL program
- F-GEN--launches the F-GEN program
- DV-COLL--F-GEN Guide--brings up the
- Uninstall DV-COLL--completely
the DV-COLL package
For a complete list of files and where they
be installed, click here.
For later reference, this list ("filesins.html") will also be copied
to your computer in the installation process.
- DV-COLL (the "Books" Icon)
- F-GEN (the "Pens" Icon)
Completion of the installation
When all files have been copied to your computer, you will receive a
message telling you where to begin. After reading this, click on Next
to continue to the Completion Screen and click on Finish
to complete the installation.
Once you've finished the installation, navigate to the DV-COLL
Guide by clicking on "Start" --> "Programs" -->
"DV-COLL." The Guide
will get you started in using the collation program.