TheW32 introduction

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This is a brief introduction to using the TheW32 thesaurus contruction package. For more details, you should consult the help file Thew32.htm that accompanies the package.

Running TheW32

To create a new thesaurus, select "File|New", give your thesaurus a suitable pathname (e.g., u:\mythew), and click on "Save". Avoid creating a thesaurus directly on a floppy disk drive, since Windows seems to be unreliable at reading random-access files from this medium.

When TheW32 creates a new thesaurus, it initially makes it a copy of the template file Template.the, if the template is available. This means that a new thesaurus that you create should already have defined the common thesaurus linktypes SN, USE, UF, BT, NT, and RT, plus the report formats ALPHA, SHORT, and TREE. If this is not the case, an alternative for you to create an initial thesaurus by finding Template.the and copying it to another *.the file, which you can then access using TheW32, provided the new file is not read-only.

To open an existing thesaurus, select "File|Open", select the *.the file you want, and click on "Open".

To end a TheW32 session, click on the × button of the main TheW32 window.

The Thesaurus window

When you begin TheW32, no thesaurus is open and most of the menu items are grayed. Once you have opened a new or existing thesaurus, all the menu items will be enabled (unless the thesaurus is read-only), and you will see portions of the thesaurus displayed in the Thesaurus window.

TheW32 thesaurus window

At the top left is an edit control containing the current heading term. This control can also be used temporarily for terms to be added or searched for.

To the right is a spin edit control for the current linktype.

To the right of the spin edit control is an edit control showing the mnemonic for the current linktype.

Below to the left is a grid showing the references for the current heading term; to the right is a list box showing the terms in the thesaurus; between these is a button that you can use for making and breaking links between the current heading term and other terms in the thesaurus.

From the thesaurus window, use the menu or any associated accelerator keys to access the main thesaurus functions.


Adding to your thesaurus

Adding terms

To add terms to your thesaurus, select "Edit|Add term(s)". An "Add term(s) to thesaurus" dialog will appear. Type each term that you want to add, followed by Enter. Press Esc when you are finished adding terms.

TheW32 Add term(s) dialog

Adding a scope note for a term

To add a scope note for a term, first double click on the term in either the references grid or the terms listbox to make it the current heading. Set the linktype spin edit at the top to 1 (SN). Now select "Edit|Add reference/note(s)". Type the scope note into the bottom edit box in the dialog and press Enter. Press Esc to get out of the dialog.

TheW32 Add reference/note(s) dialog

Linking terms

To link terms, first set the linktype spin edit to the type of link you want. Double click on the term from which you want to make a link; then single click on the term to which you want to make a link in the terms listbox; click on the <-- ("Make link") button between the references grid and the terms listbox.

Deleting from your thesaurus

Deleting a term

To delete a term together with its notes and links, click on the term in the terms listbox and press Delete.

Deleting a scope note

To delete a scope note, click on the scope note in the references grid and press Delete.

Deleting a link

To delete a link between two terms, first double click on one of them; then single click on the other in the references grid and press Delete.

Changing elements in your thesaurus

Changing a term

To change a term without losing its notes and links, first double-click on the term to make it the current heading; next, select "Edit|Modify heading", type the new form of the term into the edit box in the dialog that appears, and press Enter.

TheW32 Change heading dialog

Changing a scope note

To change a scope note, click on the scope note in the references grid and select "Edit|Modify reference/note". Edit the scope note in the bottom edit box in the dialog that appears and press Enter.

TheW32 Modify reference/note dialog

Changing a link

To change a link between two terms, first set the linktype spin edit to the type of link that you want; double click on one of the terms; then, single click on the other term in the terms listbox and click on the <-- button between the references grid and the terms listbox.

Previewing and outputting your thesaurus

Previewing and selecting a report

To preview a display of your thesaurus at any time, select "File|RTF Preview". The TheW32 print preview window will appear. Select the report format that you want from the "Report" menu.

TheW32 print preview window

Saving a display

Select "File|Save As...". A "Save RTF display as" dialog will appear. Assign a suitable file name and click on the "Save" button.

RTF files can be imported into most common word processors for further manipulation and printing.


Backing up your data

A power failure or reboot while running TheW32 may cause the thesaurus file to become corrupted if it was updated. Keeping a backup of this file is therefore especially recommended.

A simple form of backup is just use "File|Save As" in the TheW32 thesaurus window. You can also select "File|Export terms and links" to create an ASCII backup that could be used by other software.


Last updated February 6, 2008, by Tim Craven