CLAN – Colouring Keywords

Colouring Keywords

In some cases, it can be useful to use colours to highlight specific parts of a transcript. CLAN allows you to do this through the colouring keywords options. Here’s how:

  1. Open CLAN
  2. Go to Size/Style in the top menu and select Color Keywords.
  3. Type the string of letters/characters that you want to add some colour to in the blank field at the top.
  4. When you’re done, select Add to list.

Now the string that you’ve entered, in this case ‘strawberry’, appears in the field below.

  1. Select the string you have added to 2 and select Edit color. Choose a colour you like or otherwise find appropriate, in this case red.
  2. OK.
  3. Use the tick boxes to specify what/how much should be coloured in the colour you’ve selected. In this case the options selected, means that all tiers where the string ‘strawberry’ occurs will appear in red.
  4. You can now choose to add more keywords or exit by selecting Close & Save.

Advanced option

If you would like to apply the same colour scheme to multiple .cha files, you can do this in a time effective way by following these steps.

  1. Add all the colour codes you want to one of the files in your collection.
  2. Save the file and close it.
  3. Open the folder where the colour coded .cha file is stored, and right click the file to open it with TextEdit (Mac OS) or Notepad (Windows).
  4. Copy the @Color words: tier and paste it to all other files .cha files (using TextEdit or Notepad) where you want the same colours to be applied.


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