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1 Introduction to Xaira Part One: All about Xaira Andrew Hardie

2 What is Xaira? XML Aware Indexing and Retrieval Architecture The XML-aware version of SARA for the BNC corpus Several programs, including the Index Toolkit and the Client

3 How do you pronounce Xaira? Its designers pronounce it like Sarah We pronounce it like Zirah Other pronunciations may vary

4 Why are we talking about it? Andrew and Richard have been beta-testers for Xaira for several years Andrew wrote the help file

5 What sort of program is Xaira? Xaira is an analysis program for indexed corpora Searching indexed vs. non-indexed corpora Indexing – retrieval Xaira does both

6 Indexing

7 Retrieval

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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)

12 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.

13 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

14 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

15 Scared? Using Xaira-tools to prepare a corpus manually can be a bit complex Instructions: But dont despair – there is a wizard! File >> Index Wizard

16 The index wizard



19 Live Indexing!

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