In addition to "read only dictionaries" Polyglossum also supports special "user's dictionary" which can be edited by user just in time of browsing it.
Dialogue of options of Polyglossum allow to choose
file of user's dictionary which will be used by program.
See also Polyglossum options.
If to set nonexisting file as file of user's dictionary, program will create new dictionary file (new empty dictionary).
User's dictionary can be browsed in the same manner as any other Polyglossum dictionary.
It can be set as "active" by choosing it in dictionary list
In addition, when program displays result of searching in any of dictionaries it also displays result of searching of the same word in "user's dictionary".
Button allow delete dictionary entry.
Button invokes dictionary entry edit dialogue.
Button allow to insert new
dictionary entry. It invokes dictionary entry edit dialogue for new entry.
The word which was searched for will be offered as half-finished dictionary entry.
Dictionary entry edit dialogue is as in this picture:
Edit text of dictionary entry in upper edit window. Cyrillic text automatically highlighted by blue. This help to avoid mixing of cyrillic and roman symbols which are alike. Program use "Times New Roman (Cyrillic)" for cyrillic and "Times New Roman (Western)" for other text o dictionary entry.
In order the entry could be found in the dictionary it is necessary to define "search words" which will be included in dictionary index and will point to this entry (paragraph). You can see these words in the right down window of the dialogue (in the "Words for dictionary index" list).
The set of "search words" can be compiled by program - just press "Parse all text" button.
In order to remove one of "search words" from "Words for dictionary index"" list just select it (click by mouse) and press Delete key.
There are two ways to insert custom "search words" to the list:
You can edit "search words" directly in the list:
select any word on the list and press
Enter or double-click.
In edit mode:
Esc = cancel editing; Enter = accept result of editing;
selecting another word (by mouse or using Up, Down keys) = accept result of editing.
Please don't forget to backup file of your "user's dictionary" time to time.
If some files lost by accident, technical support can help you to get again any file required for dictionary to work, but cannot restore your personal user's dictionary filled by you.
Managing of "user's dictionaries":
Converting of old-format user's dictionary to
user's dictionary for current version of Polyglossum
If you used older versions of "Polyglossum user's dictionary" programs (PGU.EXE or PGU2.EXE), you can convert your old "user's dictionary" to user's dictionary for Polyglossum using Pgu37_ut.exe program. It is included to distributive.
Press "Convert dictionary from *.pgu to *.pg32u" button, choose source dictionary ("Source" button) and new file for dictionary in new format ("Dictinary" button). Then press "Do it !" button.
It is also required to set language of result dictionary. This affect to sorting in dictionary index (like in German, French etc. or like in Finnish). Again, when copying text from dictionary to another application, Polyglossum include language information according to language of dictionary. This information is used by some programs. For example WinWord use this info in spellchecking.
Merging of user dictionaries.
Pgu37_ut.exe program allows to add entries from one user's dictionary to another - press "Merge Dictionary" button, choose source dictionary ("Source" button) and dictionary where entries will be added to ("Dictinary" button). Then press "Do it !" button.
If you choose nonexisting file as resulting dictionary, it is also required to set language of result dictionary.
Procedure of dictionary merging can be also used if you want to normalize
internal structure of user dictionary database after intensive editing of it.
Just add your dictionary into new blank dictionary as described above.
Then set file of this new dictionary as file of "user's dictionary"
in Polyglossum options dialogue.
See also Polyglossum options.
Export of user dictionary to text:
Polyglossum uses it's own internal format to store dictionaries entries. If you want to use materials which are collected in user's dictionary in another manner, you can export user's dictionary into RTF document.
Then you can work with this document using WordPad, WinWord, WordPerfect, StarOffice etc.
Run Pgu37_ut.exe and press "Export Dictionary to RTF" button.
choose source dictionary ("Source" button) and file where result be stored ("Destination" button). Then press "Do it !" button.