Click on button beside each word to indicate its abbreviation in the text. If the arrow shoots off the right of your screen, you will just have to scroll across to see where it has gone.  
This is just a selection of the many abbreviations in the document from the first few lines, but it gives an idea of the range of types of abbreviations used. There are nomina sacra terms, standard forms for endings such as -um or -orum or -que, and there are standard abbreviations for small words such as et or pro. To find all the abbreviations in the text, search through the text pages with the transcript window open.  
Forged charter of Battle Abbey, mid 12th century. (British Library, Egerton Charter 2211). All images by permission of the British Library.  

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