The conventions followed in the Complete Poems for recording the results of the collations are intended to reflect, in as transparent a way as possible, the chronological development of each poem through its successive versions, without singling out any one of the versions as the copy-text to which the other versions are compared.
The following are used to distinguish among the various forms of headings, irrespective of where they appear in the original:
01.0002 That rams the grammar down a layman's throat,
03.0368 Ship side to ship side and ~ main deck to keel,
06.0379 To close the page of such accountancy^
03.0582 |Range 1500." - "Hold and classify."
09.0090- The S.C.42 was being groomed - To match a new suspected strategy. - The sleuths till now had surfaced, stabbed and dived - In lone attack. This convoy had to face -09.0094 The risk of concentrated ambush, meet it
07.0470/1 [LINE SPACE]
08.0470/1 [NO LINE SPACE]
05.0917/8 * * *
appears in the Collated Version as:
05.0517 Was but five knots. The moon illuminated
The intermediate revision (six) is not recorded in the Collated Version (although it is, of course, recorded in the Transcribed Version).
In the List of Variants each variant line is listed along with the corresponding variant lines from all other versions, in chronological order. This arrangement enables the user of the edition to see, at a glance, all versions of a particular variant:
01.0154 Calling to Tyndale, Tyndale answering Kelvin, 02.0490 Calling to Tyndale, Tyndale answering Kelvin, 03.0490 Calling to Tyndale, Langevin, and Curie answering Fresnel, 04.0489 Calling to Tyndale, Tyndale answering Kelvin, 05.0487 Calling to Langevin, he to Fresnel, 06.0490 Calling to Langevin, he to Fresnel, 07.0490 Calling to Langevin, he to Fresnel, 08.0490 Calling to Langevin, he to Fresnel, 09.0490 Calling to Langevin, he to Fresnel, 10.0490 Calling to Langevin, he to Fresnel,
In the following examples the angled brackets between lines 414 and 415 in Version 1 correspond to lines 980-984 in Version 2, which are enclosed by angled brackets:
01.0414/5 <> 02.0980 <The Commodore reported, "Gypsum Queen Torpedoed and sunk." Alberni gets an echo, Five hundred yards, Kenogami confirming. Chambly and Moose Jaw get a definite kill 02.0984 With prisoners, and then a "probable.">
Note: It is the angled brackets which act as links, not the line numbers. The reason for making the links through the angled brackets rather than through the line numbers is to avoid a conflict when the line which begins or ends the passage in question itself contains a variant. This is best explained with reference to an example:
09.1128 In a new harvest on a hoped tomorrow;>Line 1128 of Version 9 contains a variant (In a new harvest on); but the line also marks the end of a passage (lines 1127-8) which is missing in Version 1. Line 1128 must therefore be linked to 2 different locations in the List of Variants:
In the List of Variants, only the first and last line of the passage in question is recorded, enclosed within angled brackets. Intervening lines are represented by ellipsis points:
02.0477 <He had to know that threat and not mistake it. ... ... 02.0484 His pupils, kicked his heart into his throat.>The reason for listing the passage in this abbreviated format is that doing otherwise would greatly increase the size of the List of Variants without adding any information. In the case of Behind the Log, for example, nine of the versions each contain approximately 500 line which are missing in Version 1.
The List of Variants is initially displayed with the first variant at the top of the frame. The rest of the List can be accessed either by scrolling or by clicking on the appropriate line number in the Collated Version: e.g., clicking on 03.0057 when Version 3 is displayed in the upper frame will display the list of variants for this line in the bottom frame, with 03.0057 at the top of the frame.
This allows easy movement back and forth between the List of Variants and all Collated Versions of the poem.