Remember that some of these rules, such as those involving the length of titles, are matters of effective visual design rather than verbal style. Follow the link for house styles for headers and footers.

Right [text] column in style2.css documents and the order in which information appears

<div id="rightcontent">
<p class="artwork">Life's Journey>
<p class="artist">J. R. Clayton>
<p class="artdate">1863">
<p class="medium">Wood engraving">
<p class="size"> 5 x 4 inches">
<p class="place">Illustration for "Life's Journey" by George Wither, Wilmott, p. 7. </p>

<p class="photographer">Scanned image [or photograph] and text by <a href="../../../../cv/gplbio.html">George P. Landow</ap></p>

<p class="permission"> [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the <span class="website">Victorian Web </span> in a print one.] </p>


<div id="footer">

In-text titles

1. These tags — <p class="painting">, <p class="illustration">, <p class="sculpture">, etc — italicize the text between them. Therefore, when citing a book illustration that includes dialogue, although one uses two sets of quotation marks between the title tags that begin the html document (because one can not use <span class ="book"></span> or <span class ="illustration"></span> between title tags), in the right column one uses only a single set of quotation marks — that for quoted dialogue.

With exceptionally long titles that would require too much large bolded text (most commonly encountered in captions for book illustrations) , use a short title for the first element in the right column and then provide the full title below between <p class="comment"> </p> tags.


Place comments between <p class="comment"> </p> tags. When this text is too long for the right column (remember, we wish to end the column with the credit and permission statements, so we must leave room) move part of the comment below the footer tags and add the following statement: “[Commentary continued below].” When there is not even room to begin commentary in the right column, include this statement instead:

<p class="comment">[See commentary below.]</p>

Instruction to enlarge the image

<p class="comment">[Click on image to enlarge it.]</p>

Used when the image in the left column is substantially larger than 482 pixels, our standard width. This instruction is very common. When links appear in right-column and footer text in style2.css documents, we add a phrase:

2. <p class="comment">[Click on image to enlarge it and mouse over text for links.]</p>

Related material

Lists of related materials take different forms and use different html tags in style1.css and style2.css documents. In style1.css documents (essays, horizontal-format images) we use the following:

<h3> Related material</h3>


<li> <a href="xxx.html">xxx</li> </a>
<li> <a href="xxx.html">xxx</li> </a>


The narrow right column in a style2.css document doesn't have room for indenting the list of links, we omit <ul> and use a smaller font for the “Related material”:

<p> <strong> Related material</strong> </p>

<li> <a href="xxx.html">xxx</li> </a>
<li> <a href="xxx.html">xxx</li> </a>

Credit line(s)

Credit and permission statements are almost always the last text to appear in the right column. (When the bottom of the right column permits, we add a special VW icon — see below). Here are examples of the basic credit line:

<p class="photographer">Scanned image and text by <a href="../../../../cv/gplbio.html">George P. Landow</a>

<p class="photographer">Scanned image and text by<a href="../../../misc/jb.html">Jacqueline Banrejee</a></p>

Note 1. Provide credit for the actual work done. The text following <p class="photographer"> can be “photograph,” “image capture,” “image scan,” and also “perspective correction.” If more than a single person contributes, the credit for the image appears first followed by that for text.

Note 2: Depending upon the amount of room available in the right column, the credit line can take the form of one long sentence or two separate paragraphs. Again, this is a matter of graphic design not content.

Permission statements

This is the basic credit line used for (a) photographs taken by our editors and contributing photographer and (b) out-of-copyright material.

<p class="permission"> [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer [or “person who scanned the image”] and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite it in a print one.]</p>

Credit for material from other sources

Unless other sources of images, such as private collectors, gallery owners, museums, and other public collections explicitly permit the free distribution of their images, use the following:

<p class="photographer">Courtesy xxxx, which retains copyright.</p>

<p class="photographer">© Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York </p>

When the source of copyrighted material has a website, include a link to it in the following form:

<p class="photographer">Photograph and text courtesy of AD Antiques Ltd, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, which retains copyright. Readers of the <span class="lqwebsite">Victorian Web</span> may wish to consult their <a href = "" target="_blank">site [link]</>. </p>

The Victorian Web icon used for filling out the right column in a style2.css document

Three versions of icons that state “A Victorian Web Project Linking Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning”

<a href="../../misc/credits.html"><img src="../../icons2/usp2.gif" border="0"/>

<a href="../../../misc/credits.html"><img src="../../../icons2/usp2.gif" border="0"/>>

<a href="../../../../misc/credits.html"><img src="../../../../icons2/usp2.gif" border="0"/></a>

These icons, which state the purpose of the site, are also used for purposes of graphic design to fill an empty space in the right column. The first example, which has 2 “../,” is most commonly used in documents in the sculpture and authors section wherwas that with 3 “../,” appears most commonly in documents in the folders for book illustration, individual fields of design, and those for paintings and drawings of individual artists. The last, comparatively rare example appears most often in documents in subfolders inside those for individual book illustrators — for example, the folder for illustrations of Dickens's Pickwick Papers inside the main folder for Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne).

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Last modified 29 June 2014