SooSL can provide glosses and translations in more than one written language. You can choose which written language(s) you want to see and in what order. How this works is different in the SooSL Web and SooSL Desktop. Why? In SooSL Web you can only view a dictionary, but in SooSL Desktop you can change it. That means SooSL Desktop offers more choices.
You can change what written languages you see. To do so, click Written languages in the toolbar. You will see a dialog showing what languages are available.
This dialog controls the written languages in the senses and notes. (To choose the written language in the gloss list, look just above the gloss list for a language choice.)
- To choose which languages you see, click the eye to show or hide each one.
- To change the order, click the arrowheads to move a languagedown or up in the list.
This dialog also tells how many signs, senses, and glosses are in each language.
You can change what written languages are in a dictionary project and which ones you see. To do so, click Tools > Written languages. The dialog looks a little different in Windows/Mac vs. in Linux.
Windows and Mac
You can control several things (look at the red numbers in the pictures above):
- Choose which language appears in the gloss list. The magnifying glass shows which language is in the gloss list now. Click a circle in column 1 to pick another language.
- Choose which language(s) you see in senses and notes. Click the eye in column 2 to show or hide each language.
- Change the name of a language. Click the language name in column 3 and type a new name.
- Choose the font size for each language. Click the number in column 4 and type a new number, or click the arrowheads next to the number to increase or decrease the size.
- Choose the font for each language. Click the font name in column 5 and type a new name, or click the arrowhead on the right to drop down a list of all the fonts on your computer. Be sure to pick a font that contains all the characters you need for the language.
- Choose what keyboard to use for each language. (The keyboard you need must already be installed in your computer.) SooSL will remember what keyboard you use for each language and automatically switch to use it in the fields for that language. How you make this choice is different for Windows/Mac vs. Linux.
- Windows and Mac: First, click in the box in column 6a. Then, choose your keyboard in the normal way from the system settings, and type a few letters. SooSL will detect the keyboard and remember it. It displays the keyboard name just after the box.
- Linux: Choose the language from the drop-down list in column 6b. You will see a short list of keyboards. Then choose the keyboard you want to use for the language.
See also the extra help topic on keyboards.
- Choose whether to use automatic keyboard switching with checkbox 7 . Normally leave it turned on (checked). If it isn't working right, you can turn it off, but then you will need to change the keyboard yourself as you move from one field to another.
- Choose the order of the languages. Click the arrowheads in column 8 to move a language down or up in the list. This controls the order of the languages in the senses and notes. The first language in the list is the one used in the gloss list.
- See how many signs and senses use each language, in column 9.
- Add a written language (see below).
- Delete a written language (see below).
To save your changes, click . If you change your mind and decide not to make any changes, click .
Add a written language
You can add written languages to your dictionary project. You may add as many as you need.
To add a new language, click (#10 in the pictures above). A new row will appear in the list.
Fill in the information for the new language.
To save the new language, click . If you change your mind and decide not to add the language, click .
Delete a written language
Click thetrash can next to the language you want to delete (#11 in the pictures above).
If that language is used by any signs in the dictionary project, either for glosses or notes, then you will get a warning.
Be careful! If you choose “Yes” (and later choose ), all the glosses and notes in that language will also be deleted. (If all you want to do is to hide the language, click the open eye and the language will disappear.)
Then the language will be in red strike-through text, to warn you what will be deleted.
To finish deleting the language and all the information in that language, click . If you change your mind and want to keep the language, click .
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