> Hopefully these commands will be useful to Fritz and others.
Be sure, they will be extremely useful. I have been discussing with Christian the problems of proximity searching confined to single sentences, and this enhancement:
> Paragraphs are spearated [...] by lines
> beginning with the special characters configured with
will things make much easier.
May I take this opportunity to explain what is my goal: my colleagues and I have been using a free format dbms called askSam for over 15 years for maintaining our respective working bibliographies. AskSam was a great (DOS) program in the mid eighties, with a good, if inferior to Vedit's, macro language, which fell a victim to the migration to
WIN16. It's long promised return never materialized; in turn askSam has grown from its former 66kb size to a crash prone 100MB giant.
So, i think, its time to find a solution that, if reduced in features available, nonetheless fits our special needs. These include (1) easy data entry with automatic generation of a citation key (a thing that never could be done with askSam, but which now is being done by a simple DI1 box / macro), (2) import filters for data generated with various Z39.50 protocols (pending), (3) simple proximity searches in bibliographies and notes (preliminary version completed), (4) extracting and formatting entries from the bibliography (pending).
Thanks to you and to Christian for your kind help.