The Poet Laureate's web thresholds

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Client: Vicky Smith, StrideDesign <>

The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has appointed 10 leading poets to work with Cambridge University Museums and young people from the county. Your task is to provide a novel tool that can emulate the exact layout of any page from a museum web server, but with the original text (perhaps partly) removed. Invited poets and young people should be able to substitute their own poetry or other text by typing directly over the visual layout as if in a drawing editor. These transformed pages can then be published and viewed from an alternative server that offers a "mashed up" version of any museum page for public viewing. The technical challenge is to give users the impression that they are really typing directly onto the rendered web page, as if onto a piece of paper, and to do so in a way that emhasises typographic freedom, allowing poets direct control over all concrete aspects of the juxtaposed text.