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Word Processor Windows

Document Windows

Smart Characters displays and edits documents in windows called document windows. Document windows have characteristics such as a title (e.g., the file name) and a memory capacity. All document windows can open and save files.

The first five document windows are called permanent document(4- 3), and cannot be destroyed. Other document windows are created and destroyed as needed.

Window Sizes are Adjustable

The memory capacity of Smart Characters's document windows is adjustable via the Scw.ini Memory Sizes(B- - 2) section to a maximum of 65,000 bytes. 65k bytes yields approximately 24 pages of full English text, and 20 pages of Japanese or Chinese text. Larger projects require breaking the document into smaller chapters. Alternatively, you can install the unlimited file size editing(4- 3) accessory which allows unlimited size document editing in any window.

Use Hypertext in Any Window

You can use any Smart Characters window to edit and view hypertext(D- - 4) documents. For discussion of hypertext, see hot buttons(5- 13) and Why Not Linear Text(4- 15).

Unlimited File Size Editing

The unlimited file size editing accessory allows document windows to edit a document limited only by free disk space, set by the Scw.ini Workstation(B- - 2) section SpillPath entry. Unlimited file size editing is required to edit a document that exceeds 65000 bytes, such as a large dictionary or reference.

Permanent Document Windows

The first five windows on the bottom of the Window menu are fixed permanent document windows which are always part of the Smart Characters main frame window, and which cannot be closed (you can minimize them). The five fixed permanent document windows are:

1 Clipboard(4- 3).
2 User Dictionary(4- 4).
3 Dynamic Glossary(4- 4).
4 Symbol(4- 4).
5 List(4- 4).

Clipboard Window

The clipboard window displays the Smart Characters internal clipboard (not the Windows clipboard(D- - 9)). This window displays the last text copied or cut. The clipboard window also holds the output of certain automatic functions, such as the Learn Extract Glosses(3- 36) command, prior to their being pasted into a destination document.

User Dictionary Window

The user dictionary window holds the special or technical words and phrases that you have defined. There is a separate user dictionary(4- 7) for each dictionary language set(4- 7) and user or project (see the User(3- 5) command). This file is saved each time you change dictionary language sets(4- 7), users or projects, or quit Smart Characters. The user dictionary is automatically loaded according to the selection set by the Translate Select Dictionaries(3- 33) command. The active user dictionary also specifies the default user font(4- 12).

Dynamic Glossary Window

The user dynamic glossary(4- 6) window holds the commonly-used words and phrases that you have defined. You can use a separate glossary for each dictionary language set(4- 7) or user, or use one for all modes, as desired. The dynamic glossary is automatically loaded according to the selection under Keyboard | Setup | (Input Mode Name) | Glossary File Name. See the Keyboard Setup(3- 26) command.

Symbol Window

The symbol window holds the last page of browsed Chinese characters. Use this to cut and paste ranges of Chinese characters into your document (for single characters, it is more straightforward to query the character in the character browser, and paste it into your document from the clipboard(4- 3), or work with the query results in their entirety in the List(4- 4) window. Because the symbol window usually displays in hypertext mode, you have to turn hypertext(D- - 4) off (using the hypertext button on the toolbar, or View | Display Modes | Hypertext | Hide) to move the insertion point into the window.

List Window

The list window holds the results of the last dictionary query, or the last Chinese character selected from the symbol set view(8- 1) window Select(3- 47) command. Like the symbol(4- 4) window, it displays automatically in hypertext mode after each search, to allow rapid selection of individual items. If you want to work with the entire list at once, turn hypertext mode off to get an insertion point (text cursor). The list window also responds to special list window keys(5- 14) pressed in other document windows.

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