Monday, June 23, 2008

Keep Words Together with Tilde

Wordle now displays a “build number” in the lower right-hand corner of the page, which means that I can now say...

As of build 506, you may now join words together with the tilde character

~

So, for example, the text “The~Who played Leeds with Mott~the~Hoople and Bruce~Springsteen” might be rendered as

This ought to ease the pain folks have experienced in trying to emit a unicode non-breaking space.

23 comments:

Amit D. Chaudhary said...

Great, thanks for doing this.

Best
Amit

T. Büdinger said...

Hey Jonathan, how about dynamic wordclouds using feeds?

iloveupstate.com said...

I am wordle obsessive. Thanks!!

Rocío said...

Thank you so much for letting us use Wordle. I cannot stop thinking about more and more ways to use it.

Joel said...

Where's the "make me a t-shirt" button? ;-) These are much more interesting visually than other "cloud" t-shirts I have seen. Hello? CafePress?

Paul Taylor said...

Very addicting. Is there a way to include punctuation, such as a period to represent a URL? Wordle seems to ignore punctuation, where if I put in google.com, everything after the period is ignored. Any suggestions?

Dana Ross said...

I love Wordle. Great going. Is there any way to put in periods as for web names?

Stephanie said...

This is a really cool application.

Is there anyway to include something where you can draw a shape, and it will fit the words within the shape (using the same principles it does to avoid existing words)?

music4thesoulVI said...

Thanks Jonathan! This is awesome!

Alireza said...

I like the idea presented by Stephanie above. It would be great to be able to define bounding boxes (shapes) and keep all the words inside that shape.
It reminds me of Persian Calligraphy, look at this for instance:
http://www.civilization.ca/cultur/cespays/images/pay2_17p2.jpg

Tanya said...

Thanks a bunch for making Wordle. Wordle is SO cool!!!

Pssequimages said...

The most exciting thing to come along in MOONS. Thank you so much for Wordle, and the amazing things we can do with it.

You (and IBM) are Very Much Appreciated Thank you!

gregor said...

Wordle is wordleful, I really like it, a lot.
Namaste,gregor

Miss Wright said...

Thanks for this amazing tool. I am an elementary teacher and plan on using it with my students for various things such summarizing a novel, writing key points from history and so on. I can see endless possibilities! You are amazing!

Jerome Turner said...

Okay BUT how do I type a tilde. I used to know how to do this but have since forgotten...

Jonathan Feinberg said...

On an American keyboard, the tilde is the shifted character of the left-single-quote, which is itself immediately to the left of the "1" key.

Pierro said...

I LOVE WORDLE!!

thank you for creating this!

Jer said...

~ works on stringing even more then 2 words together

i.e. i~love~wordle

oh mercy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, Love wordle.
Thanks so much for this tool and your genersosity!
The mind boggles on different ways to use it.

nomnomkkemnstr96 said...

*Whew* Thanks, that helped a lot!
~April

Patrick Coston said...

I used the ~ but I'm still having problems. For example Mr.~&~Mrs.~Smith it breaks it at the &. I also put in "E.T." but it dropped the last period "E.T" Any way to fix these two problems?

Pip said...

Unfortunately on Spanish keyboards there is no tilde as it is already incorporated in the ñ key. Is there any other way of keeping words together?

Jay Kinghorn said...

Thanks for adding the tilde! As a quick tip, you can use the Find and Replace feature in Text Wrangler to replace spaces between words with the tilde. This saved me a huge amount of time.