[bksvol-discuss] Re: One Big Dictionary Or a Bunch of Little Ones?

It doesn't rhym with bureaucratic. Rather, it rhyms with antique. Finicky booksharian that I am, I had to post for him.

E.
At 03:51 PM 8/19/2006, you wrote:

Well, if you hadn't told me that you weren't bureaucratic, Pratik, I might not have known. Having a name that rhymes with bureaucratic can be misleading. <grin> I'm not as organized as I should be. You should see my inbox. On the other hand, I'd rather that you didn't. I wouldn't want you to see the My Documents folder either. I do put things into subfolders eventually, but I'm always behind the curve.

Seriously, though, I did some rereading of Chapter 9 of the manual for K1000 last night after sending that message, and I realize that I should have differentiated between corrections files and the spell checker file. If I understand things properly, the corrections file is for words that are misspelled, while the spell checker file is for correctly-spelled words that K1000 doesn't know.

Unfortunately, unless I have missed something, you can add words to the default corrections file from the spell checker, but not from rank spelling. I say 'unfortunately', because I am not sure why I would want to use the spell checker rather than rank spelling. Also, the spell checker file must have been empty, or nonexistent and created when I added the first word to it, because the only words in it are ones that I remember adding when I was in rank spelling. So what happens to the words you fix up in rank spelling by replacing them? I don't think they go to a temporary file, because they do not reappear after restarting my computer. They must be stored in a file somewhere, so why not be able to add them to the corrections file?

I was actually talking about the spell checker file, I think, so that technical terms and specialized words didn't keep coming up in every book I scan. Apparently, unlike the corrections file, you cannot create more than one spell checker file, so I will have to put everything into that one file. You are right that I will have to be careful and try not to put every little thing in it.
That will make for a huge file after a while with the kind of stuff I read.


But I'm not sure if I am understanding things correctly here. That is mainly why I am describing it here. Please correct anything I have gotten wrong.

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From: <mailto:pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx>Pratik Patel
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Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2006 8:23 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: One Big Dictionary Or a Bunch of Little Ones?

Evan,

The key to managing dictionaries is to be absolutely certain that you want a word in the dictionary. When editing material you would need to ensure that the word actually belongs there. Science fiction contains many words that are technical in nature. Those may belong in the dictionary. However science fiction also contains words that are made up by authors that are purely fictional in nature. What you need to ask yourself is whether you are likely to encounter the word again and again in the readings that you do. If the word doesn't belong in the dictionary, just ignore it or tell Kurzweil to "ignore all." I don't find the time savings to be substantial when categorizing into different dictionaries. All of my words are in the default dictionary. I find too much organization distracting. That's why I find bureaucracies annoying. So, evan, the world wants to know, are you a bureaucrat at heart?

Pratik


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From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Evan Reese
Sent: Saturday, August 19, 2006 7:41 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] One Big Dictionary Or a Bunch of Little Ones?


A while back, I think it was Gerald who said that he uses several dictionaries in K1000 for rank spelling? for different types of books? Sorry, Gerald, if it wasn't you. I didn't have K1000 at the time, so wasn't paying attention to that subject.

My question is what are the pros and cons of having everything in one dictionary? How big can it get before things start to slow down? If you, or anyone else here, uses a bunch of little ones, don't you have to keep putting many of the same words in each one in addition to the specialized terms it doesn't know, such as words that aren't in the dictionary but are not specialized terms, including those that are in the default dictionary, or proper names? Or do you just leave proper names out and ignore them when they come up? If so, certain common ones may keep showing up. I'm not very familiar with this part of the program yet. Can I use more than one dictionary at once, so I don't have to keep adding certain things to each one? If so, why not just use one big one? If I can only use one dictionary at a time, don't I have to basically recreate the default dictionary to avoid all the words that would have been covered by the default dictionary? We're back to one big one again.

As you can see, I am leaning more toward throwing everything into one large dictionary if I can do it without bogging down my system. What are the thoughts here? I read a lot of science fiction and fantasy, so the number of added words could get large pretty quickly. The first book I scanned with K1000 had hundreds, and I am not kidding, or exaggerating!




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