You may have noticed that it took a few seconds longer than usual to open up the Keying Tool today. That’s because we rolled the latest and greatest version of the Keying Tool this morning.
We made some changes on the backend that you probably won’t notice at all. We also made some changes in the tool itself that might affect you. Here’s what’s new:
Improved International Characters and Diacritics
In the last couple of months we published a few foreign language projects that don’t fall within our standard Ancestry.com language capabilities. We have a few more coming up. In order to accommodate these projects, and so you can help key them whether you read the language or not, we have expanded our international character map to make sure we capture all necessary diacritics.
To learn all about diacritics – what they are, why they are used, how to key them – visit the International Characters and Diacritics page on the World Archives Wiki.
When you select an image set for download you can see what language the project is in – and can, in fact, filter on this column. Originally this list contained only the standard Ancestry.com language capabilities. We have now include an “other” language option for collections that have other languages or that have more than one language present in the documents.
Don’t read a foreign language? Don’t worry. You don’t have to be able to read the language to help key the records. Many of these documents are cleanly fielded and we provide field helps and project instructions to assist you. Download something new today and give it a try. Then, let us know how it went.
Until next time – Happy Keying!
P.S. – If you leave your keying tool open all the time, exit out and reopen it to install the latest version.