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Making Convoluted Text Simple Visually

Sometimes, some documents I read are so convoluted that I don't understand what they are telling me. I've found this to be true in for legal documents including terms of agreements and constitutions among others. Is there any kind of program that looks at the syntax of sections of text and converts them into block diagrams showing the relationships between subjects and objects with the verb, adverbs, adjectives, etc. showing how they are connected? For instance, if it was highlighting the sentence, "See Spot run", there would be two boxes, one labeled Spot and one labeled You with an arrow connecting the latter to the former. I'm thinking of something similar to sentence diagramming but graphically represented and not nearly as complicated. It seems to me that if something could lay out all of the relationships within a document, that would make it much easier for someone to understand what it means. Or is that magical thinking on my part?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 26, 2014 - 8 answers

What has happened to the past perfect tense?

I've recently noticed an irritating trend in English-language writing: sections that really should be written in the past perfect tense are instead in the simple past tense. I've seen this more in American English than in British English, but that might just be confirmation bias. Is there a reason for this, for example a new style of teaching in schools or universities? And is it really new, or am I just looking for things to get annoyed about? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 14, 2013 - 30 answers

Help me craft a Google ngrams query

I wan to make a Google ngram showing the history of the term "spoiler" as it is used in popular culture to mean the reveal ahead of time of an important piece of plot information. Problem is, "spoiler" has at least two other meanings and I don't know how, or even if, I can craft a query to separate out those other meanings. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

I wish my accent was less overeducated, too

How to sound less overeducated? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Sep 9, 2012 - 66 answers

Actually PHP, your mom is an unexpected T_ELSE

PHP / Wordpress filter: I need to hide some aspects of my site behind if ( is_user_logged_in() ) functions, but being a newbie to PHP I don't think I'm getting the syntax right. Specific code is beneath the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 31, 2012 - 4 answers

Markdown, Google Code and notices

How would I create a "note", "tip" or "caution" notice box (rough examples) with the syntax provided by Markdown and Google Code? Is there a trick to make this possible?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Where should the spacing go?

Where should you put the space in function defs/callls in C-like languages? [more inside]
posted by knz on Feb 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Seasonal tasks in RTM

Can any of you Remember the Milk aficionados out there tell me how to create a seasonal task? I.e one that appears in my inbox on a specified day and disappears once completed until the same date next year. Repeat after next September 1?
posted by skidoom on Feb 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Reliable FTP client for iPad?

Reliable FTP client for iPad, including direct editing of remote text files (ideally with some degree of syntax highlighting) and uploading of non-text files? All options I've found in the App Store have mixed-to-poor reviews.
posted by kalapierson on Sep 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Resume polish needed

Syntax mavens: I am writing my resume, and I have a stylistically discouraged (but I believe syntactically correct) money shot sentence at the very end of it, which I could use some feedback on. [more inside]
posted by bukvich on Jan 12, 2010 - 37 answers

Linguistic study of math/physics equation "language"

I was thinking the other day about "all Greek to me!" as I was reading a physics book w/equations (using the Greek symbols) And equations are a sort of language, of course. So I wondered if there's some sort of linguist who's ever looked at the grammar or syntax of math/physics equations and tried to derive, whatever the hell it is linguists derive! Does this sound like something anyone has heard of? If so, have any links?
posted by symbioid on Jan 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Am I losing it?

I'm suddenly having a problem with writing and speaking, specifically with being articulate. This has happened (temporarily) before as well. What do I do to get over this? [more inside]
posted by anniecat on Oct 21, 2009 - 22 answers

I'm kicking around a concept for a theoretical piece I hope to work on in the near future, dealing with the way "femininity" and the "female" category are conceived of linguistically. Help me find some empirical data!

I'm kicking around a concept for a theoretical piece I hope to work on in the near future, dealing with the way "femininity" and the "female" category are conceived of linguistically. Help me find some empirical data! [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Mar 24, 2009 - 24 answers

Pretty code

Most syntax highlighting palettes are created by people with no graphic design/usability sense. What are some great examples of really lovely to look at (for long periods of time) and useful syntax highlighting palettes/schemes?
posted by sandking on Mar 24, 2009 - 9 answers

What's up with the funky syntax used by television reporters?

Extra! Extra! The verb "to be" missing from TV newscasts! Anchors and TV reporters omitting "to be," often favor using participles instead. Why? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Oct 12, 2008 - 16 answers

[There is rockets.] vs [There are rockets.]

GrammarFilter: True/False -- The following sentence can be grammatically correct. There's rockets. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Apr 29, 2008 - 53 answers

Whatsit called?

What is the term for the sentence construction used in this quotation: "time and her aunt moved slowly"? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on Apr 28, 2008 - 8 answers

RPy problems

Stumped with RPy, need help badly! [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Feb 25, 2008 - 4 answers

Looking for an Eclipse theme for GeSHI (syntax highlighting)

I'm using GeSHi for syntax highlighting but I am looking for a GeSHi theme that does Eclipse syntax highlighting. With Eclipse being such a popular IDE I'm sure someone has created such a theme for GeSHi, but alas my attempts to find one have failed. Anyone have any tips/direction for me? Thanks!
posted by andytmp on Apr 13, 2007 - 2 answers

Should I get this TV?

I am planning on buying a Syntax 37" LVD TV. Any pros or cons you know about?
posted by zackdog on Jul 25, 2006 - 1 answer

Need to colorize my code!

Looking for a decent (free) C# + JavaScript source code colorizer. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Apr 18, 2006 - 10 answers

What is the History of English Capitalization?

What is the History of English Language Capitalization? [more inside]
posted by freebird on Dec 27, 2005 - 34 answers

Google query syntax query

Google syntax query. So: I want to be able to find all the links to Site X, while filtering out all internal links from within Site X. I'm using [link:sitex.org -site:sitex.org] as my query and get about 3 results. However I know there are thousands of links out there. Others seem to have had the same problem. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
posted by carter on Dec 19, 2005 - 9 answers

(How|Where) does one find Google's (guide|help) on (searching|querying) using regular expressions?

Well, what do you know, err.. what do I know, Google does support some sort of regular expressions. However, I can't find the usage guide. Anyone?
posted by Gyan on Jul 28, 2005 - 11 answers

Are there any grammatical rules for linktext?

I know I'm being a bit of a hypertext pedant, but are there any grammatical rules for linktext? Any stylistic rules for linktext? Linktext is the stuff that goes in between <a> and </a>. I know to never use "click here" as linktext but I'm interested in other rules about syntax and style. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by revgeorge on Feb 9, 2005 - 23 answers

What is the plural of "presence"?

What is the plural of "presence?" [more inside]
posted by werty on Dec 8, 2004 - 14 answers

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