Parsing Power, Part 1
Aug 4, 2011 David Lang

Parsing Power, Part 1

Last week, I showed how you can parse a selection of text using the Parse button on the Resource palette. In that post I confessed my sins from seminary Greek and promised to show you the power of the Parsing window.

ParseWindow

The key to accessing the power of the Parsing window is the key to accessing all kinds of hidden power throughout other parts of the program. It's a keyboard shortcut so useful that I have repeatedly asserted that it is the one keyboard shortcut every Accordance user must learn. It's command-T, which will bring up the various display options for the currently selected zone, tab, or pane. Once you've selected some text and clicked the Parse button, use command-T to bring up the following dialog:

ParsePower1

As you can see, there are a lot of options here. You can adjust the font size, the way tags are displayed (as full words, abbreviations, or cryptic tag codes), which words are displayed, and what information you want displayed.

For example, let's say you want parsing help for every word, but you want to hide the lexical form so that you can work at recognizing each word's lemma. Simply uncheck Lexical form in the middle of the dialog, then click OK.

ParsePower2

Or let's say you're trying to learn your vocabulary, so you decide to have the lexical form displayed but choose to hide the English gloss:

ParsePower3

As you can see, the display options for the Parsing window let you tailor it to your specific needs. And that's just the beginning. I'll have even more to show you in a future post.

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Archived Comments

Bob

August 04, 2011 6:00 PM

what is the difference between using the parsing button and just holding the cursor over the greek word in your greek text pane.  It seems to me the parsing window is an extra step???


Julie Falling

August 05, 2011 7:46 AM

Bob - Parsing gives you something you can print out, and a window that stays readable when you move your cursor.  The instant details box can't do that.  I have used parsing rarely in the past, but instant details all the time.  Parsing would be easier for checking my work.




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