Things to Love in BibleWorks 8…

Written by Michael Hanel on December 16th, 2008

Well the series is gradually winding down. Now that my academic term is over, instead of being left with ample free-time, I’m left scrambling to prepare classes for the NEXT academic term. Whoever said that teachers get breaks surely did not mean first-year teachers.

There are still a few features/additions to BibleWorks 8 that I haven’t blogged about, but I believe I have covered most of the major ones. There are a bunch of small things that are harder to blog about (increased performance of the BW map module in addition to small corrections to make place-names more accurate, the latest version of Westminster’s morphology (WTM), spell-checking in the BW Editor, various other program enhancements that will make more sense when you use it than they do with my mere explanation, the TNIV and NIrV, etc.). The time is quickly coming when shipping for BibleWorks 8 will begin, so I am eager for others to get their copies of BibleWorks 8 in their own hands so that they can begin sharing what they like best.

But, there’s still time for a couple more. So here goes with the fourteenth thing to love in BibleWorks 8, the Wordlist tab in the Analysis Window.

In previous versions of BibleWorks the wordlist was most conspicuous in the Search window. If I had an older copy of BibleWorks on my computer I’d post a picture here, so use your imagination. The wordlist could also be loaded using the Word List Manager (WLM). But in BibleWorks 8, they’ve added a new tab to the Analysis Window which now shows three different panes.

In the first and largest pane (on the left side), there is a full word list which contains all words in the search version in alphabetical order.

In the second pane (top right), you will find a list of all the words contained in a search. This can work two ways. If I do a search on the word “blue” in an English version and then click the Word tab, this pane will show me all the words contained in that search and their relative frequency. Along with the KWIC feature, this can be helpful in seeing relationships of certain words. A second way this works is if, after performing a search on a word from the wordlist, you click on a word found in this upper right pane, it will give results for BOTH words A and B. So it quickly allows a search within a search.

Finally, the third pane (bottom right) tells you what you are searching for. It looks rather plain but its power comes when searching using wildcards, or when searching on lemmas in a morphologically-tagged version. This window displays all the words searched, allowing you to see if you are obtaining unwanted search results. Used in this way the wildcard expansion of the command line window is a tool to help refine your search. You can also click on a word in the wildcard expansion window to search on that word. At the top of the wildcard expansion title bar is the number of words in the wordlist.

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