ABOUT THIS PROGRAM



This program is useful for searching glossary files in particular the Concise Dharma Dictionary from Ranjung Yeshe Publications. You can also add your own glossaries as well and use this program to search through them.





HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM



There are three basic steps to using the program. First you need to tell the program where a glossary file is located. Next you need to activate the glossary file of interest (there may be more than one glossary that you are interested in searching but you can only search through one at a time). Finally, you search for words.



1. Telling the program where the glossary is located.



First go to the Options menu and select Edit Glossary File List. There should be at least one entry in the list called dsample.txt. This is a sample glossary that was created using Microsoft Word.



If you wish to add the Concise Dharma Dictionary to the set of Glossary Files, press the Add File button. An Open dialog box will appear.



In the dialog box, find the Concise Dharma Dictionary on your hard drive, click on the file name and press the Open button.



The Concise Dharma Dictionary file name will now appear in the Glossary File List.



Now click on the x button in the upper right corner to dismiss the dialog box.





2. Activating the glossary file of interest



Select the glossary file name of interest in the Glossary Files drop-down menu in the main window.



This file will now be the active dictionary file.





3. Searching for words in the glossary



In the small window at the top, type the Tibetan term of interest in Wylie transliteration. For example, type the word khang. Then press Search or hit the Enter key. After a brief moment, all the definitions in the glossary that start with the word khang will appear in the bottom window.



Next try pressing the Search All button. After a brief moment, all the definitions in the glossary that contain the word khang will appear in the bottom window.



The Search All button can also be used for finding Tibetan equivalents for English words. Simply type the English word and press the Search All button.



4. Quick search in the bottom window



Once definitions appear in the bottom window, you will likely want to search for additional terms that are in the window. A quick way to do this is to select the word(s) using the mouse and then click the right mouse button. A popup menu will appear allowing you to search for the words.





HOW TO ADD YOUR OWN GLOSSARY FILES



Open the dsample.txt file in a word processor. Notice that dsample.txt is a text file and that every definition begins with a phrase followed by a hyphen. The definition then follows the hyphen. Also notice that every definition consists of exactly one line of text and that there are no blank lines in between definitions.



In order to create a glossary file that can be searched by dsearch simply make sure that the file satisfies the following rules:



1. The file is a text file



2. Every definition begins with a phrase followed by a hyphen followed by the definition



3. Every definition consists of exactly one line of text (exactly one carriage return is used in ending the definition) and there are no blank lines in between definitions.



Once you have created a text file satisfying these rules, you can then add the glossary file to the search program by telling the program where the glossary file is located. (See instructions above.)