α ParaTExt 8: Checking

In the year 1631, the royal printers in London, England, committed a major mistake that is still mentioned and laughed at all these centuries later. They printed a Bible without the word not in the seventh commandment, so it read "Thou shalt commit adultery."  

We Bible translators want to get things right, not make mistakes that will make people laugh, or worse, misunderstand. That is why we do consultant checking. ParaTExt has a number of checking tools that can help us spot typing mistakes or other kinds of mechanical mistakes.  This module is about how to use those checking tools. 

First look at Basic checks

Watch the video

ParaTExt has a number of tools to help you verify the accuracy and consistency of your text. Watch this video to learn how to get started checking your text.

 

What is the first step to run the basic checks?

Click on the menu where you would begin going to the Basic Checks.

Where on the checking menu do you find Basic Checks?

Click on the menu item for the basic checks.

Match the description to the marker with the problem

Drag each description to the right of the marker error it describes.
  • There is no "v" in a verse marker
  • The space is missing after the verse number
  • An invalid marker is used for a section heading
  • The space is missing before the verse number
  • There is a number with no verse marker

More Basic Checks, Checking incomplete books

Watch the video

You can run basic checks on a book that is not yet completed.

 

Checking incomplete books

  • It is important to start running the basic checks even before you have completed drafting an entire book
  • When you run basic checks on an incomplete book, you'll be so inundated with reports from the chapters you have not yet done you won't see errors in what you have done.

After every heading ...

TIP: If you don't want a paragraph with indentation, you can use the \m marker, which means a paragraph with no first line indentation.

  • paragraph level marker, to separate the regular text from the heading text
After every section heading, (or after every section heading and parallel passage heading) you need to have a ...

Overview of all basic checks

Outline of basic checks

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do the basic checks do?

Chapter/verse numbers checks for missing and duplicated chapter and verse numbers.

Markers checks for invalid markers in the project. 

Characters checks for characters marked as invalid or unknown in the character inventory. It is best to start with the characters inventory if you have not approved any characters in your language.

Punctuation checks for missing punctuation at the ends of paragraphs, also checks for any invalid punctuation or sequences of punctuation as defined in the punctuation inventory.

References checks \xt and \r and other markers that have a Scripture reference, that the reference matches the Scripture reference settings for the project.

Quoted text checks that text quoted in a footnote or cross reference matches what is in the text.

Capitalization checks for lower case letters after punctuation and markers that require upper case letters. You define which punctuation and which markers in your project do not require capitalization following in Markers followed by a lower case letter  and Punctuation followed by a lower case letter in the Checking menu.

Repeated words looks for words repeated without intervening punctuation in the text. You can define valid sequences of words that repeat in Repeated words from the Checking menu.

Unmatched pairs of punctuation checks for pairs like open and close parentheses, open and closing square brackets and reports where an opening mark is missing the closing or a closing mark missing the opening mark. Does not check quotation marks, that is done by the quotation check.

Quotation checks that opening and close quotes and quotes within quotes match the rules defined in the Quotation Rules section of the Checking menu. 

Numbers checks that numbers in the text match the Number setting rules in the Checking menu.

You might also want to consult the help topic Introduction to basic checks for more information about these checks.

 

 

When a report is not an error

If an error is not an error

Sometimes, the checks in Paratext may report something that is not an error. Watch the video to learn what to do about this.

 

Tip: for verses you want to omit because of textual issues, the project administrator can create a custom versification file specifying that those verses are supposed to be omitted. Then the chapter/verse check will not mark them as errors and you won't need to deny the messages.

 

Put the steps in order how you deny an error message in Paratext

  • Have the list window open with the error message selected
  • Go to the Edit menu in the list window
  • Click "Deny"

Reveal denied messages

Where would you click to see the individual denied messages once again?

Inventories

Character inventory: watch the video

Several items on the ParaTExt checking menu are inventories. This video shows how to use the  character inventory.

 

 

Tip: One issue you might encounter with Characters Inventory

If you open the Characters inventory and find almost everything has the "Undecided" status, it could be your language settings do not have any alphabetic characters listed.

If you see this, have your project administrator add alphabetic characters to the language settings. (Project > Language settings then the Alphabetic characters tab. Here the administrator is adding "a" to the alphabetic characters list. (The alphabetic characters list can only be modified by a project administrator). Characters added to the alphabetic characters list  are automatically marked as Valid in the character inventory.

Where do you find the characters inventory?

Click on the menu where you would look for the characters inventory.

Which character(s) are unknown?

Click on a character whose status is Unknown

Which character(s) are invalid?

Punctuation Inventory: watch the video

 

Quotation rules warning

If your project is new and no one has run the Punctuation Inventory before, you may see a warning message at the top of the inventory like this:

This tells you that the Quotation Rules have not been defined for your project, so the Punctuation Inventory might not be accurate yet. The quotation rules have to be defined by the Project Administrator, and they are found under Quotation Rules under the Checking menu.

What would this show?

  • An underline followed by a left (opening) parenthesis
  • A left parenthesis with a space in front of it
  • A left parenthesis all by itself
  • An unmatched left parenthesis

The item highlighted in blue in the Punctuation Inventory represents which character?

Punctuation sequences

How to have the punctuation inventory show you sequences of punctuation marks.

 

What would you click to show sequences of punctuation marks?

More inventories

More inventories

More on inventories

 

Mark as true or false

  • All markers must be followed by a capital letter
  • You can use the basic checks to look for invalid punctuation or invalid characters
  • The Mixed Capitalization inventory shows words where another letter after the first letter is capitalized.