3.788 Paradigma, recursively viewed (108)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Mon, 27 Nov 89 21:59:58 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 788. Monday, 27 Nov 1989.

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Date: Tue, 31 Jan 89 03:56:00 EST
From: Richard Pierce <pierce@rose.uib.uninett>
Subject: Macintosh Program

Below follows some information on a useful Macintosh program which I
have been using for half a year or so to convert and clean up files. It
is simple to use, fast, reliable, and effective. For example, I entered
rules into Paradigm to convert TLG files into SuperGreek and then dumped
them into a HyperCard stack for further manipulation. What follows is
the author's description (which corresponds to my experience):
Paradigma 1.0 is a fast and flexible file converter for the Macintosh.
You can specify up to ten ascii characters to be replaced with any other
ten characters, e g
abc ---> dfg
The program can process a file with a set (a 'paradigm') of up to 100
such rules, depending on memory capacity. Paradigms are stored and
edited within the program, and selected from a menu when you want to use
them again.
The speed is about 150k/min on a Mac+, independent of the # of
Ascii codes can be specified in square brackets (e g [10] (=
Unfortunately, no wildcards, due to algorithm
Changing codes in a formated text file
(e g Microsoft rtf-format)
Transforming TLG-files to supergreek-compatible text
Converting between Mac and IBM ascii
Removing linefeeds
Cleaning up mailing list files before printing them (by
removing return chars unless they represent end of paragraph
(ie are preceded by a "."
Paradigma is in the public domain, and available on request from
Espen Aarseth
Computer section for the humanities
University of Bergen, Norway
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Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 548. Tuesday, 31 Jan 1989.
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 89 03:56:00 EST
From: Richard Pierce <pierce@rose.uib.uninett>
Subject: Mac program

Some of the people asking for the Paradigma text file manipulator
program announced on HUMANIST last week have not received an answer from
the author, Espen Aarseth, because he has not been able to reach them
through the net, probably due to some node routing/ address
insufficiencies. The program can now be obtained from the Info-Mac
archives at Stanford, under the filename /info-mac/util/paradigma.hqx Of
course, Espen will still try to send it to those who ask him for it.
His bitnet address is: HDBFS at NOBERGEN. The net file must be run
through the "unpacking" programs BinHex and Stuffit, so you'll running
again, would those who've been getting to Info-Mac via Bitnet please
post a message to that effect?
Terry Harpold
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Date: Thu, 9 Feb 89 09:20 EST
From: Roberta Russell <PRUSSELL@OBERLIN>
Subject: Paradigma

I have a copy of PARADIGMA.HQX and will be happy to forward it to any
HUMANIST unable to reach Aarseth or Stanford.
Roberta Russell
Oberlin College
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Date: Mon, 20 Feb 89 12:43 EDT
Subject: PARADIGMA comment.

Two condensed comments that may help anyone else who acquires a copy
of Aarseth's PARADIGMA program, as recently mentioned on HUMANIST.
(1) I took advantage of the offer by Roberta Russell to provide a copy
since I can't FTP and it was not on MACSERVE@PUCC. I discovered that
PARADIGM.HQX would not decode with BinHex 4.0, but it *would* decode
with the BinHex decode option in the Macintosh StuffIt utility.
(2) I then discovered that the HELP button in PARADIGMA did not
display any help. The author, Aarseth, tells me that it is ok with
pre-6.x versions of the Mac operating system, but won't display with
6.x versions (though you can examine the message code by using
ResEdit, nonetheless!).
Jim Cerny, University Computing, University of New Hampshire
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Date: Fri, 14 Apr 89 03:52:44 EDT
From: "Patrick W. Conner" <U47C2@WVNVM.bitnet>
Subject: Sanskrit coding (201)

I've studied Sanskrit long enough to know that you cannot really handle
Devanagari in ASCII unless you ignore the ligatures. Why don't you use a
Mac with a Davanagari font (yes, Virginia, there are Devanagari
fonts--check any MacUser) and write a routine on Espen Aarsleth's
Paradigma to convert the file into an unreadable, but portable ASCII
with the ligature equivalents made up of the phonemic components in
ASCII representation linked with a plus sign or some such thing?
Meanwhile, I've lost my Perry Primer. Is the thing still in print?
Pat Conner