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TWEXTER

TWEXTER
software that processes twext method text
software that gets text twext
basic functions for twexter may include
• format bifocal bitext in alignment
• edit chunk interface input windows
• xcroll two input windows; one control
• slop select language option menus
• addlang add languages to interface
• prefs let user personalize interface 

format

simply, twexter formats twext method text
various twext formats are possible, including 
formats acheiving bifocal bitext intent
c code might work http://twext.cc/dev/format

edit

editing twext may require two input windows
1. text input
2. twext input

CHUNK INTERFACE

CHUNK INTERFACE
align text and twext inputs for easy edit
              text input  twext input
  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   
 |                     | |                       |
 |          each chunk | | cada trozo            |
 |         on new line | | en nueva linea        |
 |                     | |                       |
 |     one empty space | | un sólo renglón vacio |
 |   between sentences | | entre frases          |
 |      or lyric lines | | o renglónes de letra  |
 |                     | |                       |
 |                     | |                       |
 |    two empty spaces | | dos renglones vacios  |
 |  between paragraphs | | entre paragrafos      |
 |         or choruses | | o coros               |
 |                     | |                       |
  - - - - - - - - - - -   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
                      XCROLL

XCROLL

XCROLL
single scroll-bar controls two textinput windows
xcroll function mantains line-by-line alignment of 
a. text input
b. twext input

enables easy edit of associated text/twext chunks


                   XCROLL UP
                       /\
 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   
|         on new line | | en nueva linea        |
|                     | |                       |
|     one empty space | | un sólo renglón vacio |
|   between sentences | | entre frases          |
|      or lyric lines | | o renglónes de letra  |
|                     | |                       |
|                     | |                       |
|    two empty spaces | | dos renglones vacios  |
|  between paragraphs | | entre paragrafos      |
|         or choruses | | o coros               |
|                     | |                       |
|                     | |                       |
|         xcroll down | | xcrolear pa'bajo      |
|       to edit twext | | para editar twext     |
 - - - - - - - - - - -   - - - - - - - - - - - -  
                       \/
                  XCROLL DOWN

xcroll tool placement between text/twext inputs
may make it easier to use
numbered lines may be useful future enhancement

uses

manual alignment of text/twext input hurts..
xcroll automatically aligns each line of text 
with each associated line of twext, enabling:

edit twext

xcroll makes it easier to edit text/twext input
with each chunk clearly associated, line by line

edit wiki?

xcroll might also adapt to more easily edit wikis, 
providing side-by-side preview and edit windows,
eliminating current need to
a. review preview
b. scroll down to edit window
c. scroll within edit window
d. scroll back up to preview
e. repeat
f. preview, save 

replace above a. b. c. d. e. with
a. xcroll down while making fixes
b. preview, save 

demo

http://twext.cc/dev/xcroll/ links to a
current student demo using javascripts
1. beehive.js
2. dynscrollbar.js

demo may be buggy.. 
solution should be robust

similar tools?

SLOP

slop
select language option menu
slop select language option menus 
let user select/identify languages combined
in bifocal bitext alignment
slop menus are specified in detail at
http://twext.cc/dev/index.html#SLOP

ADDLANG

addlang 
add languages to wixi using xcroll interface

purpose

* enable multiple languages to get twext
* enable hybrid languages to get twext (ie spanglish)
* enable "unofficial" slangs (ie cockney) to get twext
* provide simple method to add any language to system

context

wikis may already have translation interfaces
wixi might enable the full interface to appear
in twext format, which may offer useful
familiar context for user learning new language 

simple

chunk interface might be useful to translate
1. required bare-bones interface words
2. simple guides in twext format 


chunk interface to addlang

 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _/\  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _    
|                     ||                       |
|                 add || añandir               |
|            language || lenguaje              |
|         translation || traducción            |
|                text || texto                 |
|               lyric || letra                 |
|              simple || simple                |
|               title || título                |
|             preview || ?                     |
|               error || error                 |
|                edit || editar                |
|                save || grabar                |
|               title || título                |
|              search || buscar                |
|                 etc || etc                   |
|             my talk || mi charla             |
|         preferences || preferencias          |
|           watchlist || noseque               |
|    my contributions || mis contribuciones    |
|             log out || adios amigos          |
 - - - - - - - - - - -  - - - - - - - - - - - -   
                      \/ 

PREFS

PREFS
user preferences to control interface

duh

if 100's of languages, dialects, slangs get twext
individual users may want to exclude most of 'em

format

individual users may also prefer to control
* variable visibility of twext text
* mut view of grammar, pronunciation etc
* etc

conclusion

wixi's purpose is conversation to improve lang methods
twexter may be useful participant in such dialogue
if programmers revive twexter software, we'll find out
http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/twexter

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