Lexical data can be formatted within FLEx for previewing what the data could look like in a printed dictionary, or to prepare for an export to create a publication.
Fields can be omitted, reordered, formatted, writing systems selected, and labels or symbols inserted.
Each entry, sense, and example sentence can be deselected to exclude them from a particular publication. In this way, different overlapping sets of entries can be prepared for different publications e.g. a pocket glossary versus a full dictionary. An entry can be omitted entirely, or only from the list of entries and still be included when referenced in other entries.
FLEx relies on the plug-in Pathway to create impressive dictionary documents in Open/Libre Office, PDF, InDesign and even eBook format. The process is initiated in FLEx in the File>Export dialog, where Pathway is offered if installed. Pathway supplies the page layout (according to customizable templates) but uses the configuration of the entries and the data set you have chosen in FLEx. Pathway also offers a website creation solution which uses WordPress, currently called Webonary. Here’s a website built from data in FLEx using Webonary.
Still to improve:
FLEx still needs to be improved in the following ways:
- A website-oriented Dictionary view
- A built-in dictionary view supporting the Bartholomew model
- Example Sentences to allow for a paragraph style so they can be shown as a bulleted list
- More display options
- Dictionary Preview should use the selected Publication