Don Quijote de la Mancha
CAPABILITIES OF THIS DATABASE
This Database of Cervante’s Don Quijote de la Mancha serves the
following principle functions:
- Word Searches
- Creation of Concordances
- Boolean Searches
- Creation of Indices (organized alphabetically or according to frequency;
index locorum; sequence of characters).
- Sequential searches
- Printing and saving of concordances
Upon opening the program, you will be presented with a list of texts on the
left and four buttons on the right. First you must highlight which text
you prefer to use. Then press a button: LECTURA DE TEXTO allows you to
read specified selections of the full text; INDICES VARIOS allows you
to produce indices; SALIR, of course, is exit.
In order to use the search capabilities, choose INTERROGACION.
SEARCHING Don Quijote de la Mancha
After selecting INTERROGACION, the search screen will appear, with the window
“Que palabra desea buscar?” and a “*” in the text box.
In order to execute a simple search, simply type the word in the text box.
Your search may use one or more wild characters. The primary symbols
are * and $ which have the following meanings:
* substitutes for any number of characters
(e.g. libr* finds libra, libremente, libros, librillo, etc).
$ substitutes for one character (e.g. libr$ finds libra, libro but NOT libros,
*(/) finds words ending with various forms (e.g. *(or/ora) finds words ending
either in ora or or.
Searching spelling variations
In order to search for words which may differ from a given word by one or
two letters (especially useful in searching the shifting orthography of 17th
century Spanish), use the simple ?. For example:
?cosa finds casa, cosa, costa, osa, rosa, etc.
??cosa finds causa, costar, costa, etc.
THE SEARCH SCREEN Glasses Brings up the index
Magnifying glass Begins search
Compass Sets configurations
Memo pad Opens note pad
Floppy Disk Saves
The search screen shows six icons along the top of the screen:
In addition, the menu items at the top of the page offer many other options
for conducting a search.
In order to execute a Boolean search, simply type the words you wish to search
in the text box. After doing so, the Buscada de familias window
will open, allowing you to specify the maximum distance between the terms,
the size of the accompanying context, and whether the words must be in sequence
or not. The default for the Boolean searches is “and” (= “y”).
In order to define the Boolean searches, either click on the family icon
(next to the family search icon, with the magnifying glass) or under
the Familia menu pull down to “Definicion” (ALT+D). Using the
Definicion de una familia window, you can define searches using Boolean operators
as well as try out different combinations of the words you have been searching.
VIEWING SEARCH RESULTS
Simply click on the hypertext words in the Cuadro, or click on a hypertext word
in the search results list to view the full text.
You may also navigate through the full text using the index icon (looks like
Use the Contextos pull-down menu to organize your finds in useful contexts.
Navigate easily through your finds by using the hypertext links and the back
and forward arrows in the icon bar.
Use the Ventanas pull-down menu to organize your windows (side-by-side (mosaic)
= yuxtapuestos; cascading = sobrepuestos).
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