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TWEXT FORMAT

TWEXT FORMAT
twin texts presented in bifocal bitext alignment
text to help us learn to read.. in many languages

BIFOCAL BITEXT

bifocal bitext formats twin texts 
designed to help us learn more language

TWEXT LINE BREAK

TWEXT LINE BREAK
line break method for a chunk of bitext

chunk of bitext

CHUNK OF BITEXT
chunk of aligned text/twext presentation
problem: 
if chunk of bitext doesn't fit on line, then
it must be broken and continued on next line

solution:
a. find where chunk of bitext must break
b. break both text and twext proportionally
b. pre-break twext portion flushes right
c. post-break twext portion flushes left

twext line break example

if page width is quite
narrow, like twenty-two 
characters, then many
twext line breaks are
needed
 I F   P A G E   W I D T H   I S   Q U I T E
 si  .    ancho de pagina  .       esta muy e-           
 N A R R O W ,   L I K E   T W E N T Y - T W O
-strecho      .    como  .         veinte y dos
 C H A R A C T E R S ,   T H E N   M A N Y
 characteres          . entonces .        -
 T W E X T   L I N E   B R E A K S   A R E
-muchas quebraditas twextos        .    se -     
 N E E D E D
-nececitan
so when a bitext chunk is broken, 
twext part of first half flushes right, while
twext part of second half flushes left
thus, the reader may gather a chunk has broken
twext line breaks are less necessary when 
formatting lyrics or poems, so it may be
useful to first focus on lyric formats

flowchart

http://twext.cc/dev/format/TwextLineBreakFlowchart.pdf

code

c code able to do twext line breaks might be in
http://twext.cc/dev/format

SEPARATE FOCAL PLANES

insertion of faint twext "sub" text 
between lines of readibly readable text-to-learn
enable reader to focus on the text-to-learn
yet provide instructive twext text if needed
it just kinda hurts to read the twext,
so it's easier just to learn the text

PURPOSE

twext bifocal bitext format purpose is to
provide a little more comprehensible input,
when needed, when reading "foreign" text.

HELP US LEARN LANGUAGES

no language method is completely perfect,
so twext may not be useful to everyone, but
it may prove useful to many language learners

critique

critique twext method in separate talk
critique twext format here or here

assisted reading doesn't help

assisted reading formats have failed tests, 
since users tend to just read the translation
without learning the text.
twext may offer new elements worth testing:
• bifocal bitext: translation info can be nearly invisible
• interface: students choose material that truly interests them
• flexible: text and translation can both be multi-or-monolingual
• chunk size: variable from single-syllable to multi-sentence
• MuT: marked-up-twext enables comment-per-chunk enrichment
• System: twext makes it lots easier to format BifocalBitext

only immersion only

many believe immersion is the only way to learn language
twext offers no single only way, but maybe a useful
complementary alternative for certain learning styles

relatives

insert related systems

wixi intent

intent of WiXi is to improve language methods
if twext proves useful, then it may be helpful
we won't really find out without twexter software..

WiXi

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