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:
- Open CLAN
- Go to Size/Style in the top menu and select Color Keywords.
- Type the string of letters/characters that you want to add some colour to in the blank field at the top.
- When you’re done, select Add to list.
Now the string that you’ve entered, in this case ‘strawberry’, appears in the field below.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can now choose to add more keywords or exit by selecting Close & Save.
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.
- Add all the colour codes you want to one of the files in your collection.
- Save the file and close it.
- 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).
- 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.