Help Filling the Blank
Apr 23, 2013 David Lang

Help Filling the Blank

As a writer, I have often known the mockery of the blank page. It glares at you, laughing at your struggles to fill it with something meaningful.

As Accordance users, we are constantly presented with a blank search box, ever ready to be put to use. Experienced users know exactly what to do with it, but new users may experience something of the mockery I feel when trying to fill a blank page. They may conceive of a search they would like to do, but how to construct it? They know Accordance is capable of much more than simple word and phrase searches, but how do they go about learning all the Boolean commands, wildcard symbols, and other tools that make such power-searching possible?

Thankfully, everything you need to fill in that blank search box—and I mean everything—is always readily available through one of the menus at the top of the screen. Can you guess which one?

SearchMenu

As I'm sure you guessed, the aptly named Search menu presents you with everything you need to fill in the blank. Not sure what word to search for? Choose Enter Words…. Want to search a Bible with Key numbers for a particular key number? Choose Enter Key Numbers…. If your search text is a grammatically tagged Greek or Hebrew text, these menu items will appear as Enter Lexical Forms… and Enter Inflected Forms….

Beyond simply helping you enter words and key numbers, the Search menu also includes submenus listing every search command (AND, OR, NOT, etc.), every wildcard symbol, and (in the case of tagged texts) every grammatical and syntactical tag. You don't have to memorize these options or go digging through documentation even to realize they're available; just go to the Search menu and browse through the submenus. Not sure what a command or symbol does, but want to try it out? Simply select it from the menu to insert it into the search box.

By making all these options readily available, Accordance does its best to eliminate the potential mockery of the blank search box. And while there are still aspects of these commands and symbols which need to be learned, you always have them listed in a convenient place whenever you need them.

If you've never paid much attention to the Search menu, you now understand it's importance. Just remember to look there whenever you need help filling in the blank.

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nocaps

April 23, 2013 2:24 PM

Please stop capitalizing every word in your post titles.


David Lang

April 23, 2013 3:03 PM

The capitalization of blog post titles is done automatically as part of the blog template, and not something I have any control over. The title of this post is actually, "Help Filling the Blank." You just can't see that! ;-)


PT

April 23, 2013 4:19 PM

Thanks for these, David. I am new to Accordance and learning about it every day, and it is really pulling its weight for me. But one question that so far I haven't been able to find the answer to: how do you do word counts for books of the Bible, or word counts for a section (e.g. a chapter)?

I'm sure this is very easy to do, but I can't figure it out and I haven't found the answer yet in the instructions. If there is a simple way, please let me know! 

Thanks, 

PT


PT

April 23, 2013 4:54 PM

Nevermind - I found the answer in the forums.




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