Need a Python script for major Genealogy Project

census1940
2013-05-28
2013-05-29
  • census1940
    census1940
    2013-05-28

    Hi,

    When the 1940 census came out on April 2, 2012, millions of researchers
    used our locational tools to find their relatives without a name index.
    I had 125 volunteers who helped transcribe the base resources. I've
    opened up the 1950 project last week, and am encouraging volunteers to
    use Notepad++ for their entry transcription project text program. I've
    made a simple set of macros that bring up often used expressions to cut
    down on typing, and a second, more complex script using Autohotkey and
    Notepad++ for doing some advanced things. What I would like is to use
    Python Script to do it all within Notepad++ incorporating the two
    advanced procedures. I'm hoping someone can provide a Python script for
    the script in Autohotkey, especially the below two hotkey functions. A
    working example of how to script a text phrase will help me with the
    rest of the keys. The full Autohotkey script can be found at:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/12108455/1950EditShortcuts.ahk

    F5:: ; enter district number, finds next available spot to put it on the
    template file (from separate macro) they get, adds one to number, goes
    to end of line
    InputBox, ED, ENTER ED # ; volunteer enters next district number ....
    actually the suffix of the number
    IF (ED > 0)
    ED1 = %ED%
    IF (ED < 1) ; volunteer doesn't enter number, just presses return
    and next number in sequence produced
    ED1 := ED1 + 1
    SEND ^+X ; macro to find next entry spot on line... Open Search (Alt
    S), Find (Ctrl F), Find What (enter next), -^, Find Next (code??), Close
    Find (code??), Right (move to right one space), Left (move back to
    insertion point on the line between - and ^)
    SEND %ED1%
    SEND {END}
    COMPASS = 1 ; sets counter for F7 key
    RETURN

    F7:: ; uses one key to produce compass abbreviations (N), (E), etc. for
    transcribing boundary streets
    IF (COMPASS = 1) ; start of transcription of line, volunteer had
    suffix # entered, and already filled out BOUNDED BY (N) at the end of
    the line with street names on that boundary
    SEND {;){SPACE}{(}E{)}{SPACE}
    IF (COMPASS = 2)
    SEND {;){SPACE}{(}S{)}{SPACE}
    IF (COMPASS = 3)
    SEND {;){SPACE}{(}W{)}{SPACE}
    COMPASS := COMPASS + 1
    RETURN

    I would appreciate this very much, and it will help the hundreds of
    volunteers I anticipate will work on this project.

    --
    Joel Weintraub
    Dana Point, CA
    census1950@cox.net