Importing and Exporting

Importing and exporting lexicon data allows you to easily share lexicons with other people as well as transfer data between applications. Sharing data with classmates and friends means that you can grow your lexicons more quickly or even collaborate in building a single lexicon. Alternatively, your teacher may provide you with a list of new lexical items to study. After you import them into your lexicon, your assignment may be to add personal examples to each one. These are just a couple of the ways that the import/export features can be used to share data with others.

Personal Lexicon uses standard file formats that also allow you to transfer data between applications. For example, if you already have a list of lexical items in Excel or Word then you can import them into your lexicon. No need to type them in again. Alternatively, if you want to move some of your data into another program then Personal Lexicon can help you do that too.

There are 2 types of export files that you can generate, one containing an entire lexicon and one containing selected lexical items. Exporting an entire lexicon means that all of its configuration properties will be included. Optionally, you'll also be allowed to include tests. When importing such a file, a new lexicon will be created and added to your lexicon library.

Alternatively, a file containing selected lexical items can not include tests and will not include some lexicon properties (eg. whether the lexicon is configured to be a monolingual dictionary). This type of export file requires an existing lexicon to import into. Typically, importing an entire lexicon is done once in order to give a student a head start in creating his or her own lexicon. Importing lexical items might be done on a regular basis because these files are intending to extend or enhance a personal lexicon that already exists. Using the import/export functionality, there are many possibilities for data sharing.

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