β Paratext 8: Intermediate Editing

This course covers additional markers (book titles, introductions, indenting of poetry) you likely will need in your project.

It also introduces the search and search/replace tools

Additional markers

Book titles

Some markers in ParaTExt are only used in a few places. For example, the title of a book.

The main marker for a book title is the \mt1 marker.

If you have a longer title you can use \mt1 for the most emphasized word or phrase and \mt2 for the restYou can have up to four levels of a title, using \mt1, \mt2, \mt3 and \mt4.

The "mt" in these markers stands for Main Title. If only one level of main title is being used then the \mt marker (with no number) is sufficient.

Introductions

Introduction text goes between the book title lines and the Chapter 1 marker.

You can use these markers for introductions:

\imt

title to introduction
\is introductory section heading
\ip introductory paragraph. Each paragraph in the introduction begins with a \ip marker.

Information about other markers used in introductions can be found in the USFM documentation.

To go to the introduction from elsewhere in the translation, you enter Chapter 1 verse 0 in the reference toolbar.

Tip: For Wycliffe publications, the publication guidelines allow for 1/2 page of introductory material.

 

Poetry lines

For the special indenting of lines of poetry, ParaTExt uses the \q1 and \q2 markers. 

Each marker starts a new poetic line. The \q2 marker is further indented than the \q1 marker. 

As with an ordinary paragraph, the \q1 or \q2 marker should precede the verse marker if the verse marker is at the beginning of the line. 

 

USFM documentation

There are many more markers than what we have described here. To find the full documentation on all sorts of USFM markers, go to this page in your web browser.

http://ubs-icap.org/chm/usfm/2.4/index.html

This brings up a set of pages with a topical index in the left-hand column. The main pages include descriptions and examples using those markers.

 

If you would like a copy of this file on your computer, go to this page and download the PDF file.

http://paratext.org/about/usfm#usfmDocumentation

The Spanish version is not as fully up-to-date as the English version.

The following markers may be used for book titles

  • \q
  • \mt
  • \ip
  • \mt2

Drag the introduction markers to the right place

  • \imt
  • \is
  • \is
  • \ip
  • \ip

Find, Find and Replace

Find and replace

[This video done using Paratext 8 preview. I expect it would need redoing if only because the P8 interface might still change, let alone whether you all want to suggest changes. ]

This video describes how to do finds, and find/replace operations in ParaTExt. 

 
Tip: You can also get to find by typing Ctrl + F and to replace by typing Ctrl + H.

 

 

An additional detail about Find/Replace

One more detail about the Find/Replace process. In the item by item view as shown here, you might wonder what the Cancel  button does.

What it does: it halts the search/replace operation at this point. It does not undo any changes you had clicked Yes to approve earlier in this operation. 

If you did want to undo the changes you had made after clicking Yes one or more times to approve them, you will have to find where you had changed them and change them back, or ask your project administrator to revert the book(s) you changed back to their earlier state. 

 

Find question

The word "ikbit" occurs twice in Matthew and three times in Luke. The word "tikbit" occurs twice in Matthew. Which of the following Find operations would find all five instances of "ikbit" without finding "tikbit?" Click on the correct picture. 

(If the images are too small to see, click the + symbol at the lower right corner to magnify them). 

[I'd prefer a page where the images were larger, but Easygenerator does not seem to offer that option. At least it does offer the zoom option.]

Show context question 1

You do a search for "Josep" and get a list like this.

How would you redo the list to show the context where the word appears in the list?

Click on the place in the search dialog where you would start to show context

Show context question 2

After expanding the search dialog, where do you click to have it show context in the results?

Replace questions

  • ParaTExt find/replace can show you each potential change and let you choose whether to apply it.
  • The replace feature can only be used by administrators, or translators who can edit all the books.
  • You can only change complete words with the replace command
  • ParaTExt can make all the matching replacements at once (in books you can edit) if you choose to have it do so.

Deleting footnotes

Deleting footnotes

Deleting footnotes can be awkward. Here are some ways to do it.

TIP: You can copy, then paste a footnote in a similar way to how you delete it. Select the caller, then press Ctrl + X to cut (instead of DEL to delete) then you can paste it where you want with Ctrl + V.

 

Which of the following are ways to delete a footnote? (select all that apply)

  • Select the caller symbol with the mouse, press Delete
  • Select the note in the footnote pane, then press Delete.
  • Switch to unformatted view, select the \f and all the text following up to (and including) the \f* marker.
  • right click on the note caller, and choose Delete footnote.