When sending graphic files of images of manuscripts as email attachments, they should be in jpeg (.jpg) format, suitably compressed so as to make a small file which is easily downloaded. Using a photographic manipulation program such as Photoshop, Photopaint or something similar, follow these steps.
Please note that if the attachment is around 2 to 3 meg in size, I will most likely delete it from my email box without downloading it. The National Archives in London can produce complete medieval documents in jpeg files of around 200-300k for download from their web site, and these are large scale, highly legible photographs. So can you: you just have to work on them. Neither Word (.doc) nor Acrobat (.pdf) are suitable formats for sending graphic attachments by email, and neither are proprietary file formats that require a specific software product to be able to read them.
If your medieval document is so large that it cannot be fitted into a modest sized image, then I am unlikely to have the time or inclination to decode it for you, so be selective.
|This perfectly legible colour jpeg has a file size of 13 kilobytes. You get the idea?|
|OK, so I originally wrote these instructions when I had a dialup modem connection, but the principle of small, neat and legible still applies.|
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