© 2010 Mike Scott
The programs in WordSmith Tools can handle virtually unlimited amounts of text. They can read
text from CD-ROMs, so giving access to corpora containing many millions of words. In practice,
the limits are reached by a)
and b) patience.
You can have as many copies of each Tool running at any one time as you like. Each one allows
you to work on one set of data.
Tags to ignore
or ones containing an asterisk can span up to 1,000 characters.
When searching for tags to determine whether your text files meet certain requirements
the first 2 megabytes of text are examined. For Ascii that's 2 million characters, for Unicode 1
Press F9 to see the "About" box -- it shows the version date and how much memory
available. If you have too little memory left, try a) closing down some applications, b) closing
WordSmithTools and re-entering.
See also: Specific Limitations of each Tool
You can compute a virtually unlimited number of lines of concordance using Concord.
Concord allows 80 characters for your
search-word or phrase
, though you can specify an
unlimited number of concordance search-words in a
Each concordance can store an unlimited number of collocates with a maximum
words to left and right of your search-word.
A head entry can hold thousands of
, but you can only join up to 20 items in one go
using F4. Repeat as needed.
lists can handle up to 50 files.
One key-word plot per key-word display. (If you want more, call up the same file in a new display
-windows per key-word
number of windows of
per key key-word display: 20.
Each line of a large text file can be up to 10,000 characters in length. That is, there must be an
<Enter> from time to time!
Text Converter limitations
There can be up to 500 strings to search-and-replace for each.