Jane Austen's peculiarity

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sat Aug 8 22:40:37 CEST 2015

On 08/08/15 23:33, Peter M. Brigham wrote:
> On Aug 8, 2015, at 3:41 PM, Richmond wrote:
>> I seem to be going wrong:
>> I have a fld "WERBS" containing:
>> found
>> returned
>> become
>> and my test to be analysed in a fld "TEKST":
>> My Dad ate cheese.
>> My Mum and Dad were returned home when it began to rain.
>> He had a house in Spain.
>> They were become hairdressers.
>> They were found.
>> finalSolution666
>> But this:
>> on mouseUp
>>    put 1 into textLine
>>    put fld "WERBS" into $WERBS
>>    put fld "TEKST" into $TEKST
>>    put 1 into cookedLine
>>    repeat until line textLine of $TEKST contains "finalSolution666"
>>       put 1 into verbLine
>>       repeat until line verbLine of $WERBS is empty
>>          put line verbLine of $WERBS into WERB
>>          put "were" && WERB into FRAZE
>>          if line textLine $TEKST contains FRAZE then
>>             put line textLine $TEKST into line cookedLine of fld "COOKED"
> Missing an "of" in the two lines above:
>     put line textLine *of* $TEKST into line cookedLine of fld "COOKED" etc
> Don't know if that's the problem.
>>             add 1 to cookedLine
>>          end if
>>          add 1 to verbLine
>>       end repeat
>>       add 1 to textLine
>>    end repeat
>> end mouseUp
>> put only "They were found" in line 1 of fld "COOKED"
> Your script logic seems unnecessarily complex. Since it looks as if only the last occurrence is ending up in the output field, instead of using a counter to keep track of the next line in the field, you could just
>     put cr & line textLine of $TEKST after fld "COOKED"
> But once again, loading a line into a field repeatedly will be much slower than putting it into a variable in the repeat loop and then  putting the variable into the field just once when the repeat is done. Getting or putting something from or into a field is much slower than doing the same in a variable, so just do it once.
> Also, I can see no reason to be loading your data into system variables, which is what "$WERBS" etc is defining. The only reason to put something into a variable beginning with "$" is if you want some other system process besides LC to be able to access the data.
> -- Peter
> Peter M. Brigham
> pmbrig at gmail.com
> http://home.comcast.net/~pmbrig

Um . . . "$" is a mistake brought on by a dream I had about FORTRAN last 
night: in FORTRAN IV '$" was used for string variables.

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