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Aggregate text from different sources

This tool is used to aggregate text from multiple documents, either located at a specified web address or uploaded from the user’s files, into a single document.

Please click the ? buttons at the bottom right of each set of options for more information on that set.

For further information on this tool, please see the TADA Wiki's Aggregator entry here. A glossary of terms is also available here.


To create an aggregate text from, and, strip tags from the source texts and display the resulting document as plain text:
  1. Source text
    1. Enter, and into the ‘URL(s)’ field, ensuring each URL is on its own line.
  2. How to handle markup
    1. Click the radio button next to 'Strip tags'.
  3. Results
    1. Choose ‘Plain text’ from the ‘Display as’ drop menu.
  4. Click the ‘Submit’ button to process the text.
» Source text

(list of URLs)

» Plus

This section determines the source of the documents to aggregate into a single text. Documents may be plain text (.txt), HTML (.html) or XML (.xml).


Source text
Determines the texts that will be used in the aggregate.

Enter a full web address (URL) in the field provided for each text to aggregate, ensuring that each URL is on its own line. Copy and paste from your browser’s address bar for best results.

Local file with list of links
To upload a text file containing URLs from your computer, choose ‘Local file,’ click ‘Browse,’ and select the file you wish to use from your directory. Note: Each URL must be on its own line within the source document.

Use this option to include an additional file from your local computer in the aggregate. Click 'Browse' and select the file from your directory.
» How to handle markup


This section determines how the tool will handle XML and HTML markup in the source documents.


Strip tags
This option removes all tagging from the source documents. It can be used with HTML and XML texts.

Smart strip selected tags to form XML Corpus
This option strips XML tags from the source documents and creates an XML Corpus. Any non-XML documents will become comments.
» Results

This section allows the user to choose the format of the aggregated text.


Display as
This drop-down lists enables users to choose from several output formats: HTML, XML text in HTML, XML tree, and Tab delimited text. Note: XML outputs are not available for the Find Dates tool.

Display words before and after the pattern
Check this box to show the words that appear before and after the pattern in the results Note: Concordance only.

Open results in new window
Check this box to display the results in a new window or browser tab. This option is selected by default. Some pop-up blockers may prevent a new window from being opened; if so, un-check the box to open the results in the same window instead.
`*' indicates a required field



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