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How do I compare reprints?

You can generate ‘on-the-fly’ reprint comparisons for any two versions on a reprint’s timeline that have XML renditions. A double arrow icon (circled in red below) appears for versions that can be compared—the hover text for the icon is ‘Compare two versions’. 

In the example above, the selected version (indicated by the green node) can be compared with any of the three historical versions that have the circled icons.

In the example below, the selected version can also be compared with the introduced Bill or the 3rd reading version (double arrow icon for those versions circled in red below).

To run a comparison—

  1. Click the timeline node for one of your selected versions.
  • Note: The timeline node for the most recent version of the reprint is the default selection—if you want to compare that version, you don’t need to click the node.
  1. Click the double-arrow compare icon ( ) for your other selected version—a spinner will appear in place of the double arrow icon to indicate processing is underway.

When processing has finished, you will see a number of changes on the screen—

  1. The timeline now shows the two versions you compared—

    • The earlier version is indicated with a pink square node and backward arrow (circled in green in the examples below).

    • The later version is indicated with a green square node and forward arrow (circled in blue in the examples below).

      • Note: These square node icons correspond with the comparison tools—see item 3 below.


  1. The HTML view under the timeline now shows the differences inline using—

    • underlining—for insertions

    • strikethrough—for deletions

    • double underlining and double strikethrough—for relocated text.

  2. A comparison tools box anchored to the right-hand side of the screen is now displayed (circled in red below)—it can be collapsed or expanded as required.


Using the comparison tools

You can now view and navigate your reprint comparison—see our guide to using the comparison tools.

Last updated 1 July 2022 at 18:41