Some absent elements could not be pinpointed to a specific location on the world map, either due to ambiguity about the source of the element (such as the Anthropophagi in Othello) or due to the element being present in multiple locations at the same time (such as where Titania and Oberon met in a midsummer once upon a time in A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
These elements have been grouped under the “404” category and subcategory of absent elements.
The number stems from the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) standard response code in computer network communications, used to indicate that the client was able to communicate with the given server but the server could not find what was requested. The server thus generates a “404 Not Found” webpage.
In this project’s context, we, the creators, were able to identify these elements as “absent” but unable to trace their original source. Thus we group them in the “404” category and subcategory, giving them their own unique place within the absent Shakespearean universe.
We have mapped these elements in or near Greenland on the map, as it is one of the only places within the default extent of the map without any pinpointed absent elements.
Note that since all these elements have the same geographical coordinates (in or near Greenland), there are multiple elements stacked together. Remember to click the arrows on the top-right of the popup to view all the “404” absent elements.