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#1 Sean R.

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:55 AM

When I discover an interesting grammatical construction in a tagged original language text, I often want to search for similar constructions in other verses that may, or may not, employ different words while maintaining the same grammatical forms. I can relatively easily do this by setting up a search using Accordance's excellent graphical construct search capabilities. This can be, however, a tedious task at times.

Here is my request: A feature that enables Accordance to automatically create a construct search using the properties of a currently selected portion of a tagged text. A preference setting would allow the user to specify how stringently Accordance should follow the selected text.

For example: If I selected ‏וְאֵלֶ֙יךָ֙ תְּשׁ֣וּקָת֔וֹ from Genesis 4:7, Accordance could automatically create a construct search that would be something like this:

First column: PARTICLE conjunction
Second column: PARTICLE preposition
Third column: SUFFIX second masculine singular
Fourth column: NOUN common feminine singular construct
Fifth column: SUFFIX third masculine singular

Or, adjusting my preferences, my default settings could instruct Accordance to ignore gender, number, and person resulting in a search looking like this:

First column: PARTICLE conjunction
Second column: PARTICLE preposition
Third column: SUFFIX
Fourth column: NOUN common construct
Fifth column: SUFFIX

What do you think?
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 11:58 AM

Brilliant idea! I'll leave it to the developers to comment on how hard or easy it would be to implement...
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Posted 06 October 2009 - 06:30 PM

Believe it or not, we discussed this very idea a while back. For some reason I no longer recall, we decided not to do it. It was probably a combination of higher priority features still waiting to be done, and ambiguity with respect to which information you automatically insert into the Construct. The idea of a preference to allow you to set what information to include is interesting, though.
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#4 Sean R.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 02:14 PM

Believe it or not, we discussed this very idea a while back. For some reason I no longer recall, we decided not to do it. It was probably a combination of higher priority features still waiting to be done, and ambiguity with respect to which information you automatically insert into the Construct. The idea of a preference to allow you to set what information to include is interesting, though.


I hope this potential feature will be reconsidered in the future. If not, I'll just have to settle for Accordance's current myriad of tremendous features.
Sean Reed




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