International Components for Unicode
Transform Rule Editor Help
The rule editor allows one to enter and modify transform rules. The rules are compiled into a new transform and may be saved for use in the main transform demo window.
How To Use The Editor
Enter the rules in the text area. When finished, press the Save or Save As... button. This will attempt to compile the rules. If there are any problems, an error message will be displayed at the bottom of the window. You can then correct the problem and try again.
To remove a rule set, select it in the pop-up list and press the Delete button.
Using New Rules
Once you have created and saved a new rule set, you may use it in the main window. To do so, select the rule in the main pop-up or type it into the compound ID field and select (Compound).
System rules may be examined by selecting them in the pop-up list. They may then be modified and the modified version may be saved. You must select a new name to save the rules under.
The demo does not allow the system transforms themselves to be modified in order to minimize confusion. Whenever you load the rules for Latin-Greek, you are seeing the actual system rules, not some user's modification of them.
How To Write Rules
Each rule describes two patterns, an input pattern and an output pattern. When the input pattern is seen, it is transformed into the output pattern. The basic rule syntax is:
Each rule ends with a semicolon (
The input and output patterns may be simple text, for example:
More complicated patterns may be used to specify that certain text must be seen on the left or right; this text is called context, and it is matched, but not modified: