Converting Roman numerals into English numbers
The most significant change I make to any of the books I place on this website is replacing Roman numerals with English numbers. I believe many people, myself included, find it a waste of time to convert Roman numbers. Although it is easy to learn how to convert them to English numbers I believe most readers on this site will find it distracts them from their primary goal of absorbing the knowledge within the text. Personally I find the time that I spend converting numbers decreases the quality of my reading experience.
Generally publishers will place a few footnotes throughout a single page (numbered 1, 2, 3 for example) and then place the explanation at the bottom of each page. This is acceptable with hard copies of a book because it keeps the reader from having to flip to the back of the book too frequently for an explanation of the footnote. However, with the advent of the technology age we are finding more and more platforms for reading books (eBooks, browsers) and so I have found it more convenient to implement what I call responsive footnotes.
I have decided to override any old style citation formats used when referencing books, chapters and verses and replace them with the more modern style we use in today’s christian bibles. For example in the original text I found the reference (En. xxxix. 3, 4, 7.) For the sake of increasing readability I’ve replaced it with (Enoch 39:3,4,7).
In reading some older texts I’ve noticed sometimes the verses begin in the middle of a sentence. It proved difficult when locating certain verse numbers to find the passage I was looking for amidst a sea of letters. Also, when reading paragraphs at a time I noticed it was annoying to have numbers interfere with the digestion of the passage. I’ve aligned the verses to the left so that the reader can subconsciously push the numbers out of the mind and focus on the content.