[Lexicog] Digest Number 477

Claire Bowern bowern at RICE.EDU
Wed Dec 7 20:40:42 UTC 2005

> Do you think it is the same if we use a table in Word. It must be much
> easier than in Excel. And instead of tabs, can we use commas to
> separate fields?
> Ho Hai Thuy
> Hanoi - Vietnam

You can use tables in Word to do this, but I've found that with a big 
dictionary it can take a long time to process, simply because Word is 
not very good at dealing with big tables. and there's no "fill down" in 
Word to my knowledge. using commas to separate the fields will work, but 
you might run into problems if you have commas within the fields 
themselves. Since you're just using the tabs and tables as an 
intermediate stage on the way to converting the file to one that can be 
read by Shoebox, it doesn't really matter what they are as long as it's 
possible to identify the beginning and end of fields.

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