Analyzer Menu

The Analyzer Menu controls the actions of an analyzer.  It is also used in generating rules.

The Analyzer Menu corresponds to some elements in the Workspace Toolbar.

When there is a corresponding element, the toolbar button is shown in the following table:


Menu Item


Compile Analyzer

Turning on this toggle, followed by loading an analyzer, results in compiling the analyzer while it is being loaded. This results in the creation of a RUN.DLL library, which can be called from an external program. Currently, VisualText does not load the compiled analyzer library. The Compile Analyzer toggle is turned off after an analyzer is loaded.


Generate Rules

Submenu for generating rules. (See below.)



Runs the analyzer on the currently selected input file. (Analyzers cannot be run on files with a .log extension.)

Run Next

Run Next

Runs the analyzer on the next file in the directory after the currently selected file.



Does a Generate Rules All, followed by a Run on the currently selected input.

Stop Analyzer


Stops the current analyzer.

Toggle Generate Logs

Generate Logs

When selected, enables generation of intermediate logs for each pass in the analyzer sequence. Must be enabled before an analyzer is run over text. This function gives you the ability to display and inspect the intermediate parse trees, one for each pass, and the final tree. It may slow the parse substantially in many-pass analyzers, since all intermediate trees are written to disk. If the function is not enabled, only the final tree is available for display.



Submenu for viewing text analyzer information such as input files, output files, pass files, and parse trees. (See below.)

Generate Rules Submenu


Menu Item




Exhaustively generates all rules as specified by samples in the Gram Tab. Depending on the number of samples in the Gram Tab, this can be slow. However, to assure that rule generation is correct and complete, this option should be used whenever feasible.

Generate Dirty


Generates rules only for those rule concepts in the Gram Tab that have the Dirty attribute set. This attribute is set by the system, for example, when new sample data is added to the concept. This is a "quick-and-dirty" rule generation that most often works well, but may not always agree with the Generate Rules > All option. It is used for rapid prototyping. See Mark for Generation in the Gram Tab Popup Menu, where the Dirty attribute can be set.



Generates rules only for those concepts in the Gram Tab that have the unlocked attribute set. Locking concepts should only be done by the expert user. A concept's attributes can be viewed and hand edited via the Attribute Editor.

Analyzer View Submenu



Menu Item


View Concept Tree

Concept Tree

Displays the concept tree of a parsed document in the Workspace.

View Current Text

Current Text

Displays the currently selected input data file in the Workspace.

View Dump Files

Dump Files

Displays the output files associated with a parsed document in the Workspace. When there are multiple files, a pulldown tab to the right of the button lists available files.

View Output File

Output File

Displays output.txt file associated with parsed input document in the Workspace.  This icon is reserved for files with the name output.txt only.

View Parse Tree

Parse Tree

Displays the full parse tree of a parsed document in the Workspace.

View Pass File

Pass File

Displays selected pass file in the Workspace.

View Web Page

Web Page

Displays selected html page in a browser window in the Workspace.