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Post New Requests Here / Re: A custom dictionary
« on: December 21, 2012, 11:13 AM »
Hi

Well, because doing it by cut & paste is such a labour intensive job I don't really do it very often, hence the request.  But when I do attempt it, cut & paste is the method I use.  If I had an automated way of doing it then it would be almost a daily event.  As I said earlier, Timms made my work so much easier with a way to split a text into numbered separate sentences I thought some one might help me again with my second request.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: A custom dictionary
« on: December 21, 2012, 09:12 AM »
Hi
I am not a computer literate person so what may seem a trivial task to some one who is, seems almost impossible to me; I just use them, I have no idea of how computers do what they do so please bear with me.  I am retired and I read a lot of non-fiction papers and want to analyse the texts for meaning (what I see as implied by the author, not necessarily what he says).  Some words could just be added to the appropriate dictionary (along with the sentence it appears in and my interpretation of it) for future use, others I would harvest from a wordlist creator.  If I come across the term again then I could compare the two contexts thus building up a useful repository of knowledge.  I hope this helps and thanks for your interest.

quidnunc   

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Post New Requests Here / A custom dictionary
« on: December 21, 2012, 06:31 AM »
Hi
As I have already dealt with Timms in the past I will give him first refusal on doing this but if anyone else would like to offer then please do.

I need to build custom dictionaries--designated by subject--either by adding words as needed or from a 'word list creator' (selecting word(s) and automatically placing them in the dictionary of choice) and the simpler it is to use the better.

I have searched the coding snack are for anything that would do this but to no avail.

As I haven't had the need to log in for some time I am not sure if I have any balance left on my account, if not then I will update so that I can make a donation to the author (should a member wish to take on this task).  Thanks in advance.

quidnunc

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Thank you for those kind words and yes, in my estimation you are entitled to adopt any title you wish.


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It most definitely was not my intention to critcise db90h. The part of his message I quoted explicitly states: "if 'everyone'...." and I was simply saying that not everyone can easily do this.  If what I said has in any way caused offense, or implied any adverse criticism either of db90h or any other member then please accept my sincere apologies.

As an aside, being a newcomer to this website I am not sure what is the correct procedure for posting.  For example this thread has moved away from the original topic and I would presume should be in another place/forum.

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"if everyone learned the basics of linux shell scripting, which is now so easily applied to Windows, they could solve [their own] simple problems very easily."

This is a fine sentiment BUT firstly, not everyone wants to learn the skills necessary to accomplish this; at 74 I would (and do) find it difficult to understand all the 'jargon' used by computer techies and if you don't understand the language it is even more difficult to learn the skills. Secondly, the people who offer their expertise on websites such as this do so for their own reasons--recognition, the challenge, even fame of a sort so if everyone did as you suggest a large number of people, including yourself I suspect, would be denied these rewards.  People like me are, or should be, forever grateful to people like you and all the others who give up their time and energies to solve a problem.  The problem I had (and solved by Timns) is, for the present at least, a one off.  At this time I don't envisage needing another problem resolving.  Should I have gone to the lengths you suggest to resolve it myself, or give it to some one else who then gets the credit, the reward and my gratitude?  It would be interesting to hear the views of others--both users and doers.

Quidnunc


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PERFECT!!!!   

Thanks again, you are a star!!!!

Trevor

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001. sentence would be great (as there could be 000's of sentences scope to accommodate this, say up to five figures, would be good).

Trevor

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Yes, that is exactly how I would like it to appear but I'm not sure what you mean by 'formatting the numbers'.  Do you mean just as numbers-1 2 3....or in some other way-e.g. Roman numerals?  If so just plain numbers will be fine.

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Timns

If you are happy to do a tweak then could Iask for this to be included:

After splitting  the text into sentences etc, to:
1) number each complete unit (a unit being the separated text, even if it wraps to another line i.e. only complete units to be numbered but not wrapped lines.
2) put a space between the number and start of text. 


Nit-picking I know but if it is possible without too much trouble then it would be even better than it already is.

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Timns, you are a wonderful person and so clever too!  Your program is GREAT and does exactly what I wanted and will save me loads of time.  To show my appreciation, both to you and to the others who's efforts I have taken advantage of, I have made a donation.  I'm not sure how it affects you personally but I hope you get some benefit from it.

My grateful thanks to all those in general who do this work and to you in particular.

Quidnunc

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AbertriX

As you will no doubt know now, Timns has kindly offered to write  a small program to do exactly what I need based on the information I have given (as opposed to using an existing program which has far more features than I need, want or understand).

However I thank you for your time and responses, it is indeed heartening to find that there are people willing and able to devote their time and energies helping a stranger solve a problem.

Quidnunc   

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Hi again

I will look forward to seeing this and will be forever grateful to you, and a donation will be made thereafter.  Some members might wonder why I want such a tool; well I spend a lot of time analysing texts for meaning and understanding (as distinct from just reading it).  I am currently looking at 'Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone', building a time-line, discovering inconsistencies etc.

Quidnunc

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Hi Timns

By a small program do you mean something like a dialogue box in which I could paste some text and have it do what I ask.  If so that would be wonderfull.  I know this will sound terrible and I don't want to seem unappreciative but the less work I have to do the better because as already stated, I only use a computer I have very little understanding of the way they work or the associated language.

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Hi
Thanks for the replies.
Abterix: You have suggested using Regular Expressions, however, I only have the vaguest idea as to what a regular expression is and how it works. To use it I would guess I would have to have some software installed (you mention EmEditor & HippoEDIT which no doubt I would have to buy and learn how to use).

RJBull: Here is an example.
Before
A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen. Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up. One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours' time by Mrs Dursley's scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley ...He couldn't know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: To Harry Potter - the boy who lived!'

After
A breeze ruffled the neat hedges of Privet Drive, which lay silent and tidy under the inky sky, the very last place you would expect astonishing things to happen.
 
Harry Potter rolled over inside his blankets without waking up.

I might, on occasion, also need to chop this next long sentence into meaningful grammatical units at each comma.
 
One small hand closed on the letter beside him and he slept on, not knowing he was special, not knowing he was famous, not knowing he would be woken in a few hours' time by Mrs Dursley's scream as she opened the front door to put out the milk bottles, nor that he would spend the next few weeks being prodded and pinched by his cousin Dudley ...
He couldn't know that at this very moment, people meeting in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: To Harry Potter - the boy who lived!'

I hope that explains what I want to do.

Skywire: At the moment I use a concordancer, I also use an online text analyser for counting #sentences and other statistical info and (from this website) a line numberer all of which are very useful. Before I use these tools I would like to prepare the text by splitting into individual sentences (or clauses) each on its own line and, if at all possible, to number them.




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I need to be able to separate text at any specified punctuation mark onto it's own line and then insert a blank line between it and the next separation.  If this can be done simply (I only use a computer, I have no idea of how they do what they do).  I assume this can be done via something like the find & replace box.  I would be happy to make a decent donation if anyone can devise a way of doing this (and tell me how to use it).

Quidnunc  

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