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how do I save a text file as a .sdi file so writer will pick it up as a concordance file?

asked 2021-03-05 15:58:24 +0200

izabelkc gravatar image

updated 2021-03-05 17:44:31 +0200

I'm trying to create an alphabetical index for an existing, manually indexed document. I've created the text concordance file - but the only extension it will allow is .sdi. But I can't use writer to save to a .sdi file. Have I missed something simple?


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You may feel bad about it, but there's a LibreOffice extension that will index your document and save the result in ODT format.

Linguist extension

Maybe you want to transfer data from one program to another. Perhaps the simplest solution would be to select the entire index you created, copy it to the clipboard, and paste it into a new blank document of your stubborn application.

A detailed description of how to enter an alphabetical index into a document can be found in this cheat sheet. Unfortunately, it is written in Polish…

Astur gravatar imageAstur ( 2021-03-05 16:08:28 +0200 )edit

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answered 2021-03-05 17:10:15 +0200

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An .sdi file is a plain text file. Writer is not the right tool to create plain text files, though this is possible. The "standard" tool for plain text file is a text editor like KWrite, gedit, Pluma, vi, emacs, NotePad, TextEdit, …

If you don't feel comfortable with these tools, create the concordance file in Writer. At time of saving, File>Save as and select Filter Text (.txt). Give a name to the file and explicitly force the extension to .sdi.

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it was the 'forcing the extension to sdi' that I was struggling with - but realised I wasn't showing them - so had essentially created index.sdi.txt not index.sdi. Switching on being able to see file extensions in the file explorer - all became clear. Thank you.

izabelkc gravatar imageizabelkc ( 2021-03-05 17:44:18 +0200 )edit

Then be kind enough to mark the question as answered by clicking on the gray check mark at top left (only once even if seemingly nothing happens).

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2021-03-05 17:46:57 +0200 )edit

answered 2021-03-05 17:38:31 +0200

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updated 2021-03-05 17:42:51 +0200


you can create and edit a concordance file using the procedure described in LibreOffice Help - Edit Concordance File. This provides the following Edit dialog

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and saves the file in .sdi format.

Hope that helps.

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