A search in the terminology database can be made
by entering the search word(s) in the entry field on the left side of the start page.
When making a search, the following wildcards can be used:
_ . ? (underline, dot or question mark) can substitute for any single character; e.g., if one wants to get all the hits containing the word organisation and organization with a single query, then the term organi_ation (or organi.ation or organi?ation) can be entered into the entry field.
% * (percent sign or asterisk) can substitute for any number of characters; e.g., if one wants to find hits in which there are additional words between illicit and drug then the search query should be written as illicit%drug (or illicit*drug); in addition to usual word combinations with illicit drug, terms such as illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs are also obtained.
One can enter the search query (in any of the following languages: Albanian, English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) and the program will display the list of hits.
Another possibility is to enter the "#" character followed by a number - in this case data about this entry number will be shown in the central part of the screen. (E.g., by entering "#1" (without quotes) it is possible to see the first entry in the database.)
By clicking at the selected term, one can see a translation of this term into Albanian, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish (where applicable). It is easier to compare similar terms by using this function. By clicking "Expand all" the software will display all translations of all terms on the list.
A click on or "Collapse all" has the opposite effect: by clicking at the selected term, the translations of this term will no longer be visible. By clicking "Collapse all", all translations of all terms on the list will be hidden.
A click on a particular hit will display all the data about this word/expression on the central-right side of the screen.
If the user wants to limit the search according to the position of the search word within possible terms, an appropriate wildcard can be used. Suppose you want to find word combinations that contain the word company:
If only a translation of the word company is wanted, then enter company$ in the entry field ($ sign denotes the end of a word).
If word combinations that start with the word company are wanted, enter this word only; in addition to company the hit list will contain company accounts, company being acquired etc.
If all word combinations that end with the word company are wanted, enter *company$ in the entry field; the hit list will also contain acquired company, acquiring company etc.
(* denotes any number of any character(s)).
If all terms that contain the word company are wanted,
enter *company in the entry field; in addition to the previously mentioned terms, the hit list will also contain abusive company behaviour etc.
It is possible to use a combination of wildcards, e.g., the search query can be: *organi?ation$.
If the search word is not found, the program will switch to fuzzy search.
If you want to check which terms in a complete document exist in ALterm, you can use the TermALog (terminology analyser) program.
IntelliWebSearch (IWS) is a free program that allows shortcuts to be made to frequently used search sites (e.g. Google, One-look dictionaries - as well as ALterm and TermALog). IWS also allows you to search local resources (dictionaries on your PC). After installing IWS (this is a very simple operation), it is necessary to enter the following strings in the program settings (IWS. ver. 3):
Any combination, e.g.: Ctrl + Shift + Alt + A (press the keys: Ctrl Shift Alt A)
ALterm can now be used much faster in any MS Windows software: just select the search string, press the appropriate combination of keys on the keyboard or select the desired website from the list. If you select parallel ("Pluri") search, IWS launches any number of searches (almost) simultaneously, which considerably improves search speed.
Feel free to send any comments about the contents of the database, translations, terminology etc. to the terminologist
while comments about the program should be directed to the author of the program