Dec 232017
A legal and medicine dictionary supplement for Wordperfect.
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A legal and medicine dictionary supplement for Wordperfect.
File Name File Size Zip Size Zip Type
LEXLEX1.DOC 7909 3656 deflated
LEXLEX1.TXT 188128 46387 deflated
LEXLEX1.WP5 178745 49142 deflated

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Contents of the LEXLEX1.DOC file

Originally By Paula Giese, CompuLex Services
Revised for WordPerfect 5.0 and .TXT file added by John Cunningham

LEXLEX1.WP5 is a word list of 16,559 legal and medical terms,
and common "lawyer-used abbreviations" (such as states, abbreviated
"Minn" instead of MN, etc.) in a form easily compiled with
WordPerfect's SPELL.EXE dictionary maintenance program and in ASCII text
form in the file LEXLEX1.TXT. The .WP5 file and this documentation apply
to WordPerfect, version 5.0. The .TXT file can be used to update any
other dictionaries which accept ASCII input.

The origin of LEXLEX, several years ago, was a compilation of
such words by Maryland attorney Mike Stevens, several years ago.
Since obtaining Mike's original listing, which was a set of files
broken down into A_BWORDS.TXT, C_DWORDS.TXT, etc., for use
with just about any spellchecker, I've expanded it somewhat over
the years, and have converted it into one list suitable for
compilation in what seems to me the only wordprocessor any law
office should be using.

Because WordPerfect has many lawyers as purchasers (and is the
"official" WP of the U.S. Justice Department), they've made special
effort to include a number of "our" terms in their larger-than-average
spellcheck dictionary, WP{WP}US.LEX. But it's by no means complete.

How to put these into your dictionary: They've been checked for
correct spelling, but you might want to retrieve the file into WP 5.0
and scan through it (it'll take up more than 300 "pages"). You
needn't bother to delete the more obscure terms, because when we
compile this list into WP{WP}US.LEX, WordPerfect's very efficient method
of coding is not going to increase the size of WP{WP}US.LEX appreciably
(less than 4K); it will still even fit on an old 360K floppy, for transfer
to all the standalones in your office, if desired.

1. Copy or move LEXLEX1.WP5 into your \WP subdirectory, and
make sure SPELL.EXE (which is not used by the WP.EXE program
to check spelling, but only for "dictionary management") is present.
SPELL will work fastest if it has the maximum RAM available, so
get rid of any TSR's hanging about.

2. Run SPELL. A menu will appear. Select ADD WORDS TO

3. A number of options for "adding words" will appear. WP
supports a "common word list" for super-speedy lookups; we don't
want LEXLEX1 there (lawyers' jargon notwithstanding). Neither do
we want these terms in one of the "special" dictionaries WP
supports, where you would put "transient" terms such as client
names, geographical or technical specifics for one "big" but rather
short-term purpose. Choose menu item 4, ADD WORDS FROM FILE
TO MAIN DICTIONARY, and tell SPELL that the file is named
LEXLEX1.WP5. Take a look at the clock.

4. SPELL will begin showing you what it is doing--"writing"
alphabetically-grouped words. All very well and good, but when it
comes to the y's, you will see no disk activity light, the system
just sits there. Surely it is hung, perhaps I should....

5. You should go have a cup of coffee, or do something else for a
half hour. (If you have a fast system maybe it will be only 20
minutes). SPELL is hashcoding this long list of words, inserting
them its dictionary, and modifying the dictionary's index (the
dictionary is a special-purpose database, tightly integrated with WP
routines). In short, your computer is doing a computation-intensive
task, and does not want to be bothered until done.

6. When it is done, you'll see the main SPELL menu again, 0 quits
the SPELL program, and your dictionary has now been updated with
that long list of words. Moreover, SPELL has collated the new
words, so if by chance some of them were already in there, they
aren't duplicated. Now that they're "in the (coded) dictionary,"
rather than as some of them might be, in WP{WP}EN.SUP, that you
create yourself, by telling WP to "add word" everytime its
spellchecker finds some terminology of yours that you know but it
doesn't recognize, the spellchecker will recognize many
"root/ending" combinations, such as plurals.


Making your own special terminology lists

No doubt the easiest way to do this is by "what comes naturally"
when you run the spellchecker on your docs and keep telling it to
"add word". The file WP{WP}EN.SUP gradually builds in size. And
as it does, spellchecking slows down markedly. Every so often,
pull it into WordPerfect, check its contents for misspellings, delete
the ones you really don't want in the main dictionary, compile
WP{WP}EN.SUP, and delete the old one (a new one will be
automatically created, the first time you ADD an unrecognized but
correct word).

More systematically, especially if you are working on a client
matter that has a large specialized vocabulary, so that much of
your correspondence and other docs is always evoking
"unrecognizeds", such as complex medical or technical matters;
foreign country matters; a large but frequently referneced number
of personal or other "names" and the like, just type in these words,
ending each with a [HRt] hard carriage return into a standard WP
file. Make sure the cursor is at the beginning of the last line
(that is, a [HRt] ends the last word entered this way). You do not
have to alphabetize the words the way WP does it for you in
WP{WP}EN.SUP; SPELL will do that.
Use SPELL (as above) to compile this list into either the main
dictionary, or use CHANGE/CREATE to create a special dictionary
just for this "special" wordlist. In fact, I don't recommend this.
That was a necessity "in the old days" when systems were floppy
based, and space was limited. You could keep your dictionary from
overrunning the limited 360K disk size, and maybe even fit it on
the smae floppy as your old version of WP (or other WP's). No
one should be using floppybased systems any more, and even if
you want LEX.WP on your laptop's 3 1/2" drive, its 720K and
WordPerfect's very efficient compiler will probably allow quite large
wordlists to compile into WP{WP}US.LEX and still fit on the same 3 1/2"
floppy as WP.EXE, its printer info, and a bunch of macros, leaving
drive b: for a blank floppy to hold the text work you're doing on
your laptop. So there is really no reason for "special" dictionaries
any more. There is no need to clutter WP{WP}US.LEX with transient
client names, however; WP{WP}EN.SUP can handle a great many of
those for a long time.
If you create additional specialized spellchecking wordlists
such as medical, additional legal terms, technical, geographic, etc.,
please upload them to LawCAT and share your work with other
lawyers! Don't upload a "compiled" WP{WP}US.LEX, but rather just the
list, so other lawyers can check it over for their purposes.
Note: if you have a random word-list put together in some
way other than "dumping unrecognized words with ADD to
WP{WP}EN.SUP, which does its own sorting you can use
WordPerfect's SORT ,2,NAMEFILE.WP (where NAMEFILE
is the filename of your WordPerfect formatted-and-saved file. If
you have an "ASCII" textfile that is a list of words someone else
created, import it ,2 ("CR/LF becomes HRt"), save it in
WordPerfect format, then sort it (for editing) or compile it
directly. Make sure to jump to the end of any such file and delete
any stray characters, such as extra ^Z's or a lot of @@@ (or
anything) that may appear. Use to check for stray codes
at the top of the file also. There should be no codes, either
random garbage or WP-format commands in Line 1 Position 1,
which should be the first letter of the first word. You do not
need to reset margins to 0,something (which places codes at the
start of most files, which use defaults of 10,74 or 16,112, depending
on fonts).

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