Fixed Phrase – HTML (TAPoRware)

Program Overview 

Fixed Phrase (HTML) is a free, web-based tool designed to run in a browser window. It is easy to use, designed to search for two words or patterns within a user-specified distance apart and show all instances matching the specifications within a document, either hosted at a web address or uploaded from the user's files.

Users may set the context to words, lines, sentences or paragraphs, specify what length of that context to look within (ex: 5 words, 2 paragraphs), or limit the search only to words appearing within specified HTML tags. Larger contexts will slow the tool's processing, particularly for novel-length texts. Searching a pattern rather than a word requires skill with regular expressions and is thus not accessible to all users.

Other features include an option to exclude words appearing in the Glasgow stop list from the list of collocates and output formats including XML Tree and tab delimited.

This tool has only two minor problems. When the tab delimited output is selected, the tool may not process some characters correctly; please see List Words (Plain Text) for examples. In addition, the tool has difficulty with the text structure of poetry and may not give results when the context is set to paragraph.

In summation, Fixed Phrase (HTML) is an effective way to see where two words or patterns appear in relation to one another. Versions are also available for XML and plain text documents.

Last Update 
Dec 22, 2011
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