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Re: Yivrian Lexicon Online!

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Friday, August 9, 2002, 22:08
Sylvia Sotomayor sikyal:

> On Friday 09 August 2002 11:58, Jeff Jones wrote: > [re Yivrian lexicon page] > > I just tried the newer version. > > fountain (E2Y) -- no matches > > dog (your example) (E2Y) -- suk, soko > > suk (Y2E) -- dog (same entry as before) > > so far so good, but then I put in cat (E2Y) and rat (E2Y) and got > > half a dozen irrelevent entries each. > > There's a perfectly good reason for that. When you enter "cat" or > "rat", the script is searching for *cat* or *rat* not \<cat\> or > \<rat\>. This is annoying with these short 3 letter sequences that > often occur in longer words, but it is very useful for less common > sequences. For example (and I haven't tried this in Yivrian or even > in Kélen), *drink* should yield such words as "drink", "drinking", > maybe "drinking glass" or "poison drink", etc. Very useful! > -Sylvia
Which is exactly why I haven't followed Teoh's suggestion and put a word-boundary marker in the pattern-matching expression. The annoyance caused by getting a variety of useless words when searching for something like "rat" is outweighed by the convenience of getting more matches for common substrings, and finding related words and families of meanings. As another corrolary, if you don't put anything in the search field and hit "Submit," you'll get the entire dictionary back (sorted by length of Yivrian word), which is fun. Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton