WordCruncher


Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. WCIndex
  3. WCView
  4. Output of Searches


Introduction

WordCruncher is a powerful and sophisticated PC program, designed for creating and analyzing electronic textbases. It includes two separate and distinct programs, WCView and WCIndex. WCIndex indexes texts to be studied with WCView; WCView analyzes and retrieves texts prepared with WCIndex.

With WCIndex, users may catalogue and alphabetically sort each word in a text, written in English or foreign languages, into a WordCruncher Index, which serves as an electronic roadmap of the text and makes sophisticated searches possible.

With WCView, users can analyze and manipulate data from a textbase in any number of ways, including launching word, phrase, substring, proximity, Boolean, and combination searches; examining selected references in contexts; conducting user-defined freque ncy distribution analysis; creating user-selected word lists and reference lists; and generating concordances according to a set of user-defined parameters.

The electronic texts acquired by LETRS that have been prepared, and can be analyzed, with the WordCruncher program include: the Riverside Shakespeare, the King James and New International Bibles, the Goethe Works, Kant's Gesammelte Schriften, ICAME Collection of English Language Corpora, and American historical, literary, legal, and political texts.

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WCIndex

Basic commands

F1 Begin index
F5 Define reference code
SHIFT/F10 Exit
F10 Main Menu
F3 View error/abort messages

Three level reference codes

(1) |b [title of the book], |w [title of the work], or |A [act number];
(2) |P [page number], |C [chapter number], or |S [section number];
(3) |p [paragraph number], |V [verse number], or |l [line number].

Prepare a text file for indexing

  1. Start your word processor.
  2. Retrieve text file; remove line-end hyphens.
  3. Insert title page information in first 10 lines.
  4. Insert the three level reference codes.
  5. Save file as DOS text with .BYB or .BYN extension.

Index a generic, English language text file

  1. At the WCIndex Main Menu, press F1.
  2. Select the file to be indexed.
  3. Press F1 to select English.
  4. Press any key to continue.
  5. Press F5.
  6. Define reference codes and press Enter.
  7. Press F1 to start indexing process.
  8. Check display for abort and error messages.
  9. Press SHIFT/F10 to exit WCIndex

Create large files

  1. Index each small file separately.
  2. Go into a word processor.
  3. Type filename and path first line.
  4. Type filename(s) and path(s) of small file(s) on line 2.
  5. Save file as DOS text with .BYL extension.
  6. Start WCIndex.
  7. Press F1.
  8. Enter the name of the file you just created.
  9. After indexing is completed, exit WCIndex.

Insert an indexed text file into BookShelf

  1. At any WCView display, press F5.
  2. At BookShelf display, press INS.
  3. Type the drive, path and file name.
  4. Press Enter.

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WCView

Basic commands

F9 Help
SHIFT/F9 Function Key Template
SHIFT/F10 Return to Main Menu
ALT/F10 Return to WCView Main Menu
ENTER Next Display
ESC Previous Display
F5 BookShelf
SHIFT/F5 List Files
F2 Combine Word Lists
F6 Print & Textout
CTRL/F3 Restore Selected Reference List
ALT/F6 Retrieve Saved Reference List
ALT/= Set Bookmarks
CTRL/HOME Search Bounds (on/off)
SHIFT/INS View Selected Reference List

BookShelf, Word/Reference List commands

ARROW keys Up/Down one line
PGUP Up one page
PGDN Down one page
HOME Beginning of List
END End of list

Expanded window commands

ARROW keys Up/Down one line
ALT/HOME Beginning of Textbase
ALT/END End of the Selected Textbase
CTRL/HOME Previous Work/Book
STRL/END Next Work/Book
SHIFT/HOME Prior Chapter/Section/Scene
SHIFT/END Next Chapter/Section/Scene
HOME Prior Verse/Paragraph/Line
END Next Verse/Paragraph/Line

Selecting text from BookShelf

  1. At any WCView display, press F5.
  2. Highlight the desired text and press Enter.

Word search

  1. At WCView's Main Menu, press [1] to select WORDS.
  2. To find a single word: type or highlight the word;
    An exact phrase: type the exact phrase and then press SPACEBAR;
    Related words: INS;
    Words in the same paragraph: SHIFT/SPACEBAR;
    Words in the same window: CTRL/SPACEBAR;
    Words with same prefix: [prefix ][*] (the [*] near the keypad);
    Words with same substring: [*][substring][*];
    Words with same suffix: [*][suffix].
  3. To view references of selected words: Enter;
    Selected words in contexts: Enter, Enter;
    Frequency distribution: [1].

Reference search

  1. At the WCView Main Menu, press [2] to select REFERENCE.
  2. At each of the three Selected Reference displays, select desired reference and press Enter, press Enter again to view the reference in the Expanded Window display.

Create word or reference list

  1. At the Word List/Reference List display, highlight the word/reference and press [Ins].
  2. Repeat as desired.
  3. To view the selected list: press SHIFT/INS.
  4. To retrieve a selected reference list:
    1. At the Select Word display, press ALT/F6.
    2. At the Retrieve List display, specify drive path and press Enter.
    3. High light file name and press Enter.
    4. After returning to the Selected World word display, press Enter.

Create concordance

  1. At the WCView Main Menu, press [3] to select CONCORDANCE.
  2. At the Concord display, press [1] to select style, [2] to select
  3. rd options, and [3] to select Destination display.
  4. At the Concord display, press Enter to start the concordance process.
  5. When the concordance process is complete, press Enter again.

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Output of Searches

Word lists, reference lists, specific blocks of text, concordances, frequency distribution reports, and other output generated with WCView program can be sent to a printer or saved as DOS text files with simple commands:

  1. Press SHIFT/F6.
  2. At the Print & Textout Display, press [1] to select Printer, type comments (optional) and press Enter; or press [2] to select Textout, type drive path and file name, and then press Enter.

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