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Re: [seul-edu] Re: perl or......

On Mon, 4 Dec 2000, S. Barret Dolph wrote:

> The compilation of word lists and indexes is quite important to
> all within the academic community. From my experience few programs
> handle this well. Adobe to Microsoft. It seems that Linux may have
> some solutions. (This is my justification for taking your time.)
> I have books, reading books, workbooks, etc where I need to check how
> frequent words appear, make indexes of words used, and check where
> special words are used.
> Examples....I am currently rewriting spelling words and vocabulary words 
> for all grades. (Currently, 1-6) What I do now is to make a list of 
> words on a spreadsheet...example ab....away....abscond abnormal etc.
> I also have lists of most common English words. I will take these lists 
> and have a secretary compile an index using Word Perfect.
> It would be nice to find out how frequently certain roots are used and 
> then use simple and frequently used words for earlier grade spelling 
> lists. How could I index multiple books? How could I make an index which 
> would show where in the text the word appears? If the indexing shows a 
> poor etymology...example of slapped as you mention, how could I remove 
> that word. It would seem impossible to list all possible exceptions but 
> it would be nice to easily edit the indexes.
> I don't mind studying anything to do such work as my lists become more
> complicated every year.

This system exists in the spellers of LaTeX, they manage roots and
compounds. I guess that you can adapt the code to fit your needs. 

It's the traditional spell Unix system + 
a set of valid suffices +
rules of composition.

Obviously each language has its own.