Arrangement of Entries

The heading of a card can be either a word and a phrase. The words in the heading can be separated by any number of spaces. However, multiple spaces will be substituted by one space when the card is displayed in Lingvo. Spaces are taken into account when headwords are arranged alphabetically in the word list.

One card may have several headwords. If you want a card to have several headwords, first type these headwords (each starting a new line), and then type the body text of the card. All the headwords will be shown in the word list (each headword in its own place in the list). Clicking any of the headwords will open the corresponding card.

The word list can contain words in different languages; these may be headwords of entries or headwords of subentries. Words in each of the languages are arranged in their "natural" dictionary order (i.e. alphabetically); Cyrillic letters follow Latin letters.

Characters that are not ignored

Hyphens (-), full stops (.), underscore (_), comma (,), and forward slash (/) are important.

You can use brackets to mark an optional part of the headword and braces to mark an unsorted part of the headword. You can use square brackets in the header.

Double braces mark comments, which are not part of the dictionary text.

Back slash

Back slash (\) can be placed before any character in the card. A back slash signals that the character following it is dictionary text and not a command. The back slash itself will not be visible in the text of the card. To make a backslash visible, type \\ in the source text.

You cannot use # and @ characters in headwords (except in subentries).

You cannot use ~ and ^ in the first headword, but you can use them in the following headwords, for example:


green ~

Using the Tilde

Unsorted Part of the Heading

Optional Part of the Heading