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This page explains how to config TextAE. Note that the configuration is necessary before starting an annotation task.

Access to TextAE configuration editor


Supported browser

OS Browser
Mac Safari
Google Chrome
Windows Google Chrome

Safari on Windows does not support file upload. Neither file nor URL upload is supported on Internet Explorer (IE).

Short introduction

TextAE configuration editor is developed as a web-based tool for configuring TextAE. Before using TextAE for annotation, you should define annotation labels and their color coding in advance. (See annotation label palette.) Besides that, there are two kinds of characters need to be defined in advance.That is, the delimiter characters and the non-edge characters. Refer to textae.pdf for the detailed explanation about the two characters.

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When you have already had a configuration file at hand

If you have already made your own configuration file and saved that file to your local machine, you can load that configuration file to the configuration editor server. Then the content of your configuration file can be viewed or edited online. Here is the example configuration file. Please note that the file selection looks different on different browser.

When you have already known the location of your configuration file on server

If you have already made the configuration file and saved that file on the configuration editor server, input the url of that configuration file. Then the content of your configuration file can be viewed or edited on line. EX: http://bionlp.dbcls.jp/textae-config/configurations/textae-00000000-ABCD-0000-ABCD-012345678901.json

When you need to make a configuration file from scratch

For present, TextAE offers two types of annotation, i.e. span annotation and relation annotation.

Required fields:
  • Name, input the name of annotation label
  • Colour, click to choose the colour for the previously inputted annotation label
Optional fields:
  • URI, ex,
  • Default, choose one label as the default one during annotation
  • Add more, add new annotation label, delimiter character or non-edge character
  • Remove, remove no longer needed one

Delimiter characters and non-edge characters

  1. A span selection can begin and stop before or after a delimiter character.
  2. A span can not begin with or end in any non-edge character.

A typical set of delimiter characters includes whitespace characters and punctuation symbols, while a typical set of non-edge characters includes whitespace characters.

Screenshot of the User Interface

textae.pdf (184 KB) Yue Wang, 06/17/2013 01:54 PM

upload_file.png (13.8 KB) Yue Wang, 06/17/2013 03:57 PM

upload_url.png (18.1 KB) Yue Wang, 06/17/2013 03:57 PM

concole.png (601 KB) Yue Wang, 06/18/2013 10:54 AM