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Parker on the Web is a multiyear project, which began in 2005 and was largely completed in September 2009 with the launch of Version 1.0 of the site. The project team continues with a semi-annual update cycle, the sixth of these being the 1.6 release on 28 May 2013. Release notes on this site describe content new to Version 1.6. The project continues to invite error reports, comments and questions, and encourages all users to communicate these using the contact us form.

Version 1.6 constitutes a major improvement in the availability of journal article citation live links. Selected article citations in the Parker bibliography are now live links to digital versions of those articles, enabling Parker on the Web subscribers to quickly navigate to the full-text scholarly resources and thus expedite their research. Approximately 1200 live links are now available in the bibliography.

A second significant reshoot campaign was undertaken after the end of the formal project period, in spring 2011. This final reshoot batch, along with most remaining known corrections in page display, was incorporated in the 1.4 release. Version 1.1 introduced enhanced functionality with the provision of "thumbnail" view, enabling display of the special physical features inherent in manuscript objects. These included: flaps, foldouts, spreads, bookmarks, spines and edges.

As with Version 1.0, 1.6 still offers two views of Parker on the Web, albeit with the abovementioned modest improvement implemented in the 1.1 release. In the first view, available without charge to all interested parties, users can see an image of each page in all the Parker manuscripts, a description of each manuscript, and have the ability to browse the collection by manuscript title and number. Viewing of images was enhanced in this version with the specific inclusion of the "basic view" feature, providing users non-zoomable, yet significantly more legible page images in addition to page-turn view. As with 1.0, in Version 1.6 additional browsing, keyword and fielded searching, bibliography, and zoomable image viewing is available only to users covered by institutional licenses. For further information about licenses interested parties are invited to Harrassowitz.