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Friedrich F. Grohmann
shedrup at ms9.hinet.net
Tue Feb 24 05:39:29 CST 2004
Some members of the list -Dom, Jacqueline, and Richard- were so kind to
offer further, highly informative explanations regarding the "Rev as
database" issue. My gratitude to all of them. Obviously, I have to
rethink the wisdom of transferring stacks of this type to Rev.
As a matter of fact, what I called "dictionaries" are not the simple
databases one is probably prone to associate with the term. These stacks
are part and parcel of my research work interacting between each other
and further stacks with large amounts of text. Most of the cards also
contain "active text".
Moreover, since I am a philologist dealing basically with ancient Asian
scriptures a number of different scripts of both, the one-byte and the
two-byte variety are involved. Years ago, wondering whether a database
might facilitate my work I tried FileMaker. Though I'm still using some
stuff I did then for everyday tasks, my conclusion was that it was far
from being able to deal with texts in the way I needed it.
HyperCard turned out to be incomparably more flexible and powerful.
Different scripts like Chinese, Devanagari, and Roman with lots of
diacritics happily populating one and the same field, all the possible
variants of the "find" command, seamless communication between different
stacks - almost a dream come true.
This does not mean I'm saying HC is perfect. Occasionally, for reasons
wildly beyond me, it fails to find what is plainly there but so far I've
never come across other software which would serve the specific needs of
this aspect of my work better than HC.
Still, I will continue experimenting with Rev and want to thank everybody
once more for the generous input.
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