Common Words view

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The Common Words view (Views:Common Words) visualises the most common words in 3 levels of scope:

  • Note. This is the default.
  • Section. A note and its descendants.
  • Document. The entire document.

For note and section, each distinct occurrence of a word is counted. For the document level view, Tinderbox counts the number of notes that contain a word 1 or more times. The display contains up to 100 words - less if there are fewer valid words in scope.

Changes to text in open note windows are not reflected in the dialog. If necessary, close and re-open a note window in order that the Common words list is refreshed to reflect recent edits.

The font sizes in the Common Words display are automatically chosen to fit the available space.

Clicking on any word opens the search (Find) window and searches for that word in the text or title. Note that Common Words only indexes full words, which then search indexes substrings; clicking on 'clock' will also find notes that refer to 'clocks'. Besides a note's text and title, Common Words also indexes user string attributes. Thus, results from a normal Find and one called via Common Words may differ in their results.

With the Common Words dialog open, two Edit menu items have a special function:

  • Copy. Places a copy of the selected view, as styled text, on the clipboard.
  • Copy view picture. Places a copy of the selected view, as an image, on the clipboard.

Stoplist words: Tinderbox ships with a default list of very common English words which is found in the stoplist.txt, a Tinderbox configuration file; see the latter for how to add a user-customised version.

To allow users to set an additional stoplist of words that Common Words will ignore, Common Words looks for a note named "stoplist". If one is found, the words in that note are added to the general list of words that Common Words ignores - for the current TBX. The list is case-insensitive. Words may be added to the stoplist file or note either one per line or as words with a single space between them; note the latter means that phrases will be interpreted at word level (which should achieve the same effect).

If no note is currently selected, the document pane of the dialog shows common words for the whole TBX file.

Common Words view


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[Last updated: 14 Dec 2009, using v5.0]

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