Xaira contains The Indexer itself Xaira-tools Easy user interface for corpus set-up and using the indexer The Xaira client Sophisticated corpus analysis system Wordlist, concordance, collocation Structured searching
Client, server? Why does Xaira describe itself as a client? Xaira splits the work between… one program that you use to build the search (the client), and one program that actually looks in the index and finds the solutions (the server) But you can just use the client like any concordancer software the user never deals directly with the server
What is special about Xaira? Xaira is based on XML XML is based on Unicode Thus Xaira can be used with any language in any alphabet But Xaira has been specially designed to aid multilingual analysis e.g. allows Unicode keyboard setup for any language
Do I need a Unicode corpus? Yes! (… but ASCII counts as valid UTF-8) Both UTF-8 and UTF-16 are OK (If in doubt, ask Andrew about variant text encodings)
Does my corpus need to be XML? No! Xaira can add basic XML to a corpus of plain-text files Xaira can also upgrade SGML to XML TEI XML is perfect for Xaira… … warning: Xaira will reject ill-formed XML or SGML files.
First, index your corpus Messages from the different tools appear here (you dont need to worry about them) Access the commands you need to set up and run the indexer from the Tools menu
The Tools Menu Tools for preparing your corpus and its header Tools for telling Xaira how to handle the XML markup in your corpus The indexer itself
Scared? Using Xaira-tools to prepare a corpus manually can be a bit complex Instructions: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/rts/xaira/Doc/ http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/rts/xaira/Doc/ But dont despair – there is a wizard! File >> Index Wizard