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wReplace

Replace many text phrases at once

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Free program, which allows you to change/replace multiple letters and phrases at a time. It is easy to create and save lists of changes/replacements, so that you can reuse them.

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wReplace resembles Notepad. Like Notepad, it works with plain text Unicode files.

Major features

  • OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Unicode support
  • Easy as notepad
  • Fast and free

Applications

Character conversion
Changing one set of characters into another. Useful for making HTML pages when you deal with different coding defined with <meta http-equiv="content-type" ... > tag.
Romanization (latinisation)
Conversion of a text written in a non-Roman alphabet into Roman alphabet.
Transliteration
Writing down a text (or a word) written in one alphabet with letters of another alphabet.
Cyrillization
Conversion of a text written in a non-Cyrillic alphabet into Cyrillic alphabet.
Transcription (phonemic orthography)
Writing down phonemes of a spoken language, so that you can reproduce them later. Also, you may write down phonemes of one language using letters of another.
Other
Simple substitution cipher (ROT13, ROT47).
Morse code conversion.

National characters conversion into ASCII

wReplace is an excellent tool for national characters conversion into standard set of ASCII characters. This is useful because many programs do not correctly display non-ASCII national characters; for example, programs which display film subtitles sometimes have this problem. The change/replacement is run according to a pattern (“Diacritic to ASCII”) available in the program and may look like this:

Ě → E
Ą → A
Ł → L
ß → ss
etc.
Problem with national characters in film subtitles
No cóż, mogę powiedzieć
"kamera mnie kocha"!
No coz, moge powiedziec
"kamera mnie kocha"!

Learning languages

wReplace is useful for language learning. It allows you to convert between different notations/writing systems, and to approximately phonetically transcribe text. Possible applications:

  • Japanese, text conversion both ways:
    • Romaji ↔ Hiragana,
    • Romaji ↔ Katakana,
    • Katakana ↔ Hiragana.
  • Korean; Hangul, conversion into Latin phonetic transcription.
  • Russian; Cyrillic, conversion into Latin phonetic transcription.
  • Indic scripts; Devanāgarī, Hindi ↔ Roman alphabet (IAST or ITRANS)

wReplace can be used free of charge.

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