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Guided tour of the system

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( Throughout the text for the Visit, click on the phrases in this colour to see the relative FIGURES )


The System's Dictionary consists of a set of fixed Descriptors, in other words the "keys" to unlock a search for data, or start Document Selection for the appropriate subject.
From the previous examples it should now be clear that the Dictionary terms are not necessarily, as happens in ordinary Systems, words that occur in the works currently under study, but rather they are expressions of concepts. This is a huge jump both in terms of the power available during the search stage but also (unfortunately) in the time and effort needed to put this power into effect.
The generic Descriptor in "DANTE 2000" can be "Single" or the component of a logical hierarchal structure (in other words a node of a TREE).
Generally, a tree structure implies an extensive subject area with various branches.

Start at the Home-page (Figure 1) and click on "SYSTEM DICTIONARY", which will display the video-page in Figure 14.

See Figure 14 - Video-page for visiting the Dictionary.

Let's start our visit with the page dedicated to the alphabetical LIST of DESCRIPTORS, by clicking on the command and go to the video-page in Figure 15. To get to the situation shown :   1. type 'meridiani' (meridians) in the blank for "Start Display from";   2. click on "START" ;   3. click on the dot next to the 'METAFORA' (Metaphor) Descriptor.

See Figure 15 - Video-page of Descriptors in alphabetical order.

We could already consult the alphabetical list of the Descriptors when we were on the page dedicated to starting a search (Figure 3); here we have the same List, but there is much more information about each Descriptor. Here we can see if a Descriptor is Single or a Node in a Tree Structure (in which case the name of the Root of the tree to which it belongs is given); where appropriate, there is a short Note about the Descriptor. Finally, by clicking on the dot to the right, we can see the number of logical links there are between the generic Descriptor and the Comedy Tercets, elements of the Minor Works and with the Information Cards. Figure 15 shows that the METAFORA (METAPHOR) Descriptor has 146 Links with Comedy tercets, 41 with elements from the Minor Works and 2 with the Information Cards (the cards giving the definition for metaphor and some examples ).
After consulting the List, let's return to the video-page in Figure 14.

As for the "RETRIEVAL of DESCRIPTORS" function, we shall leave the User to try out this for him/her self. This is also a good opportunity to test their newly acquired familiarity with the System. Now let's click on the "TREE STRUCTURES for DESCRIPTORS" command, and look at some of the vast subjects that are treated in "DANTE 2000". Now we are on the video-page in Figure 16.

See Figure 16 - Video-page dedicated to the Tree Structure of Descriptors.

An Index of the Tree Structures found in the System Dictionary appears in the page in Figure 16. We'd just like to remind readers that the main aim of a Tree Structure is to represent a vast subject, that internally divaricates into branches, and at the same time increase the power for finding documents during the search stage. Nevertheless, during the System's project stage, the structures can also simply serve to group together certain categories of Descriptors, useful in the next stages for managing the System. This, for example, is the case of Tree Structures whose Roots (names of the Trees) have the prefix 'PN' (Place Names) and 'CE' (Characters Encountered).
Note that the Index contains the names of the Root Descriptors of the Trees ( in Capitals and Italian ) sometimes followed by a translation of the Root in the user's language and a brief comment.
We advise you to pay particular attention to the following trees (click on the name of each and after consultation click on the "TREE INDEX" command again):

COMUNICAZIONE (Communication)
DIVULGAZIONE (Divulgation)
EVENTI (Events)
LINGUAGGIO FIGURATO (Figurative speech)
RIFERIMENTI AUTOBIOGRAFICI (Autobiographic references)
SACRA SCRITTURA (Sacred Scriptures)
TIPI DI RIME (Kinds of rhymes).

Let's, for example, take a look at the 'LINGUAGGIO FIGURATO' (Figurative speech) tree, partially visible in Figure 17.

See Figure 17 - Visiting the LINGUAGGIO FIGURATO (Figurative Speech) Tree.

The view of the whole tree, partially displayed in Figure 17, will show one possible representation of the subject, by considering 39 forms of figurative speech, even if Dante did not use all of them.
The list to the right on a yellow background briefly describes each node of the tree and sometimes gives a translation in the user's language.
We'd like to underline the fact that the statistical survey and subsequent registration of all the links between one of these forms and the passages from the works of Dante was an extremely hard and arduous task. Well, this has now been accomplished for the forms the Poet used ; more work still remains to be done for the others. For an idea of the amount of work involved, have a quick look at the Alphabetical list of the Descriptors, showing the number of Links (see Figure 15).

Whilst viewing the Tree in Figure 17, although it isn't one of the most important, we should like to show you how a Tree Structure can be used when starting a search (see Figure 3). By writing the expression as follows :


i.e. specifying the "Dependents" Operator ( > ) to the Descriptor, we shall start a selection of Documents that concern all forms of figurative speech classified as "FIGURE DI CONTENUTO" (Figures of content). This sort of expression has the advantage of being short - and is indispensable if you cannot remember all the names of the figures in question.


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