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Help:The TypeCraft Editors for Newcomers

The Basics

You need to be logged in order to use the TypeCraft editor and edit the TypeCraft wiki. Search of the repository is open to the general public.

When you read this, please go to the upper right corner of this window. You see a blue GO button and right above it on the grey bar you see to the very right the Log in button. Press this button and follow the instructions.

After filling in the required login information, you will received a confirmation mail from TypeCraft. This sometimes take a short while. When you have received the mail, open it and confirming your e-mail address. Go back to the TypeCraft page. You now can login to TypeCraft. The use of the system is free of charge,

When logging in for the first time, TypeCraft creates a public TypeCraft user page for you, using the information that you provided when creating your TypeCraft login.

Your name now appears on the grey bar on top of your TypeCraft window. Click on your name. This will bring you to your user page. You can edit this page by adding text, pictures or videos.

If you use TypeCraft in the context of a project, you might want to consider creating a project page on this wiki, or link your pages on the TC-wiki to an already existing web page featuring your project.

My preferences

Using the Preferences'button, found to the right of your user name on top of the TypeCraft site, you can customise the TypeCraft wiki. Here you can change your password, register a new e-mail address and allow others users to send you e-mails via TypeCraft.

You also can use the preferences button to customise the search behaviour of your TypeCraft wiki.

The easiest way to find things on your TypeCraft wiki is to use the wiki-search window on the navigation bar. Type for example *annotation* and click *GO* or *SEARCH*[1]. *Search* will consist of TypeCraft wiki pages from different namespaces that contain the search term.

Namespaces are used by a Mediawiki to create collections of wiki pages. My preferenes allows you to set the namespaces in which the TypeCraft wiki should search. Next to the standard namespaces found on any mediawiki, TypeCraft uses its own namespaces. It therefore is best that you search in the following namespaces:


When in *my preference* select -> User profile -> *SEARCH*, and select the relevant namespaces by ticking of boxes. Save your preferences.

The TypeCraft Editor


Central to the text area is the tool tabs menu which gives the user access to all main functions, as shown in the screenshot to the left. The upper tool tab row (in light yellow since we used the Theme called Sunny for this screenshot) gives access to the Text and Phrase related functions. The Text and Phrase export functions are accessed from here. You can export one or several phrase or relative to Texts you can export Word lists. Here you also find the function that allows you to delete a Text or Phrases.

Also Editor Themes can be chosen from the upper Tool tabs menu. It allows you to customise the looks of your editor. The second tool tabs provides access to the following functions:

Save (saves your text)
Share (text can be shared between users of TypeCraft. The groups that you are a member of will show in a drop down menu here, and you can save your ::text to any of these groups)
Publish (allows you to make your text accessible to the general public)
Template (saving one of your texts as a template, allows other users to make a copy of that text. This is a function
at present mainly used for teaching)
New Phrase (after highlighting a segment in your text area, you can use this function to create a new annotation unit, called a Phrase)
Delete Phrase (the function allows you to delete the activation of a text segment as an annotation phrase. The text element itself will not
be deleted)
View Phrase List(will show you all your instantiated Phrases)
View Discourse Senses(will show the scope of discourse senses as coloured line within the text. Mouse-over will make the sense tag visible)

As part of the Metadata section, to the right of the text area, you define the source language of your text by picking its name from the ISO list of the World's languages. Quite a few languages are known under several names. You might want to check Glottolog or Ethnologue

Some of the above mentioned functions open additional windows which you can freely moved within your browser window.

The Annotation Table

Also the tabular IGT editor opens in an extra window, and is freely moveable so that you can annotate a phrase with its textual context still visible in the background. You can open instantiated phrases (the green (not yet annotated) and the blue (annotated) either directly from the text area by double clicking them, or from your *View phrases* tab. Sentences stay open in your tabular editor unless you close them explicitly. This allows you to work with several phrases at the same time, and by sizing and moving the tabular editor window you always have direct access to the whole text.

The tabular editor gives you access to a Valance annotation set, and to the Sense tiers which allow you to annotate for discourse senses.

More about the Editor you find here: following this link

  1. The main difference between *Go* and *Search* is that *Go* brings you directly to the page with the title that you have typed into the search window. *GO* also allows you to create a page of that name in case that it does not exist yet