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Help:How to annotate in TypeCraft - a practical guide

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TypeCraft 2.0 Editor

Since the fall of 2014, TypeCraft offers a new editor which allows a better integration of text-and sentence-level annotations. While text-level annotation allows you to annotate for discourse propterties, here called Senses, the sentence-level annotation allows for Valence annotations on the global-level and for lexical and functional annotation of words and morphemes.

Consider the screenshot of the TypeCraft 2.0 editor (TC2-editor) below

Figure1 Editor Views illusting different annotation levels


In the background of screenshot to the left, showing the TC2-editor, we see the editor's text area which contains green, not yet instantiated, phrases and blue, instantiated phrases.

To the right of the screenshot, we see an input matrix which is used to enter Metadata information about the text.

In the forground to the left, the Sense annotation viewer is shown. It visualised Sense-tags though colour coding. By pointing at words also Sense-tags can be made visible.

The Interlinear Glossed Text (IGT) editor in the centre of the screenshot shows the different levels of annotation, either in the form of a string of annotations (for valence) or directly in form of a specific tier. Notice that the valence annotation is shown above the annotation table. It is called construction description, and the tags are referred to as "global tags".

We will now discuss how you can use the TC2 editor to add different layers of annotations to a text. Also the TypeCraft 1.0 editor is still available for use, and we will maintain it until summer 2015.


TypeCraft 2.0 search and export of data are discussed in seperate sections.



Using the TC2 editor for texts that have been created with the TC1 editor

When your open a text that contains or consists of material annotated in the TC1 editor TypeCraft will pop-up a window and ask:


Your text has been created in the old editor. TypeCraft recommends the new editor and would  like to convert this text before opening it in the new editor. 
Note that the conversion cannot be reversed. If you would like to know more about the new editor before you decide by clicking on YES or NO below, 
please go to the TypeCraft Help page (and a link to the present page will follow)
YES   NO


When pressing YES the text will open in the TC2-editor, otherwise the text will open in the old editor. We will maintain the old editor until summer 2015.


Export of IGT-data

The TypeCraft Editor as well as the TypeCraft search-interface allow for several forms of export which we now will describe in turn:

  • Export to the TCwiki
  • Export to HTML (standard Text editors)
  • Export to Latex

In your TypeCraft Editor go to the tab *Phrase* in the upper left corner of your editor window. When pressing on *Phrase* a drop-down window opens. Select the first option which is: *Export*.

Export to the TCwiki

For a description of the export to the TCwiki, please follow this link: Export to the TC wiki.

Export to WORD and Open Office

The export to WORD or Open Office is done through several simple steps: Go to the TypeCraft Editor by opening *My texts*. You select one of your texts and open it. This can look for example like this:


click on the picture to enlarge

As shown in the picture on the left, you can now select the sentences that you would like to export by marking them in the check boxes on the left of the instantiated sentences (the blue sentences to the right of the Editor window). Go to the tool tabs of the Editor window and select Phrases -> Export -> HTML (just as it is shown in the picture). You have the choice of exporting the examples with or without border. Make your choice and save the Tc-export file to your computer. (You will see a small pop-up window that asks you to either open or save the Tc-export file. You should save the file.) When you now open the exported file on your machine, the default option that you will be presented with is to open the file in your browser (for example Firefox,Chrome, IE or Safari). In order to save the Tc-export file as a WORD or Open Office document you have to open the file by choosing the option *Open with* -> WORD or Open Office. Notice that the imported examples can still be manipulated. For example you might want to change the font size or highlight certain glosses, add colour or borders.

Share your text with a group

This is a feature of your TypeCraft editor that must be set by the system administrator. In your mail to the administrator, please state which name you wish for your group (for example the name of your project or the name of the language you work on), and the TypeCraft user names of all members of the group that you would like to start. The system administrator will create the group for you. This will not take very long, and when the group is created, you can start to assign texts to your group, by selecting in your TypeCraft Editor from the *Share with group* line your group.