Abbreviationes™ Online – Medieval Abbreviations on the Web

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“Take a foreign language, write it in an unfamiliar script, abbreviating every third word, and you have the compound puzzle that is the medieval Latin manuscript.”¹ Solving this puzzle is both an art and a science. We can provide the science to the artist.

Welcome to the Abbreviationes™ Online Web site! Abbreviationes™ is elegant, easy, and Web-based. You don’t need to install or configure anything. Abbreviationes™ works on any operating system, no matter where you are or what device you’re using. And because the application itself lives on the Web, we handle updates automatically.

Abbreviationes™ is designed for use in both learning and teaching medieval Latin paleography. Abbreviationes™ is also a highly useful reference and research tool. The database currently comprises over 70,000 entries containing a total of 80,098 references to manuscripts. Thanks to annual updates and enhancements, the database will continue to grow steadily.

Abbreviationes™ can be used on any device with a standards-compliant Web browser. Simplicity, speed, and security are the key aspects of Abbreviationes™. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and the database is optimized for rapid response times. Thus, Abbreviationes™ can easily be used on a smartphone, even over a cellular connection.

Abbreviationes™ does not use JavaScript and does not require cookies. It is thus possible to use all features of the Web database without having to enable JavaScript or allow cookies in your Web browser. Abbreviationes™ licensees are granted instant access to Abbreviationes™ from their registered IPv4 addresses, without any further authentication.

All Abbreviationes™ licenses provide unlimited access to Abbreviationes™. Abbreviationes™ Personal Edition allows access from a single fixed public IPv4 address. Abbreviationes™ Workgroup and Campus Editions allow access from multiple IPv4 addresses in one or more subnets (which may be dynamic IPv4 addresses within the specified range).

Request your free 30-day trial account today! The trial account is fully functional and offers every feature of Abbreviationes™ for you to evaluate. Simply send an e-mail to with the following information: your name and affiliation, and the public IPv4 address(es) to be used for accessing Abbreviationes™ on the Web.

¹ The elements of abbreviation in medieval Latin paleography by Adriano Cappelli. Translated by David Heimann and Richard Kay, Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Libraries, 1982 (University of Kansas Publications. Library Series, 47), Preface, i.

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