Reader’s Guide to Constituted Texts

This page describes the key visual characteristics of constituted texts.

1. Page numbers, page breaks

The HTML versions of constituted texts give the page numbers as found on the typescripts (crossed out page numbers as well as valid page numbers). The page numbers are shown in small blue boxes that are normally hidden but can be displayed by hovering over the small blue triangular markers at the left margin of the page. For texts based on typescripts or manuscripts, the original page breaks are indicated in the text by “|” if they fall within a paragraph. Page breaks that fall between two paragraphs are indicated by the triangular page number marker.

2. Cancellations

Cancellations that extend over multiple lines as well as passages of text that have been pasted over are generally treated as deleted text in the constituted versions. Beyond this, in a very few cases, shorter passages of deleted text may be indicated as such, if this facilitates the readability of the text.

Deleted passage in the HTML version of a constituted text:

In some cases, Hannah Arendt marked passages as ‘optional’ using large handwritten square brackets. For example, she used this method to prepare the typescript of “Ideologie und Terror” for use both in a longer print version and a shorter lecture version. Passages marked in this way are represented in the HTML versions of the constituted texts in grey lettering.

3. Bibliographical references and editorial commentary

In the HTML versions of the constituted texts, a commentary on a passage of text is indicated by a blue icon in the right margin of the page. Hovering over the icon will highlight the lemma to which the commentary corresponds in blue, and will also display the text of the commentary and bibliographical references in a blue box.

4. Footnotes, marginalia

In the HTML versions of constituted texts, footnotes are marked with blue footnote reference indicators. Hovering over one of these footnote indicators will display the text of the footnote in a blue box. Marginalia in the source texts are indicated in the constituted versions by blue dots in the left margin of the page. As with footnotes, the marginalia can be displayed in blue text boxes by hovering over their indicators.

5. Missing text

Text that is illegible, missing due to damage to the typescripts, etc. is represented by red inverted question marks: ¿¿¿ . There are two variants of this indicator. If the number of missing characters can be determined with sufficient certainty, then in the constituted text one inverted question mark is used for each character believed to be missing. If one or more words is missing and the number of missing characters cannot be determined, this mark will be used: ¿...¿ .

6. Substituted text

In rare cases, if a published version makes it possible to restore text lost from the typescript that served as the immediate source of the publication, the added text will be marked with a blue border .