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Welcome to SATO version 4.5. This version, that has been under development for several years, contains a number of internal modifications as well as new features. The manual is currently being updated.

The SATO-calibrage application interface was redesigned with the collaboration of Isabelle Clerc’s Groupe Rédiger at Université Laval and based on recommendations by Andréanne Landry and programming by Awal Lamidi. This work will guide the gradual redesign of SATO's entire Web interface.

The software code will soon be open-source. In fact, SATO version 4.5 is an open-code version 5, but with older code used to convert corpora generated by earlier SATO versions. The software is freely accessible on a UQAM server, and can also be installed on a personal computer or other server running the Linux operating system.

The software was developed long ago by François Daoust. It was maintained within the former Centre d'analyse de texte [assistée] par ordinateur founded at the Université du Québec à Montréal by sociologist Jules Duchastel. The software is still supported by its developer, who is now a research associate at the UNESCO Chair in the Philosophical Foundations of Justice and Democratic Society founded by Josiane Boulad Ayoub at UQAM.

Are you a new SATO user?

Here are a few guidelines to get you started.

  • To see the software in action without having to manipulate it directly, we recommend opening a SATO session in demo mode.

  • The SATO Reference manual in French, currently being rewritten for version 5, can be accessed via hyperlinks from the various forms in the Web interface. In addition, the introductory chapter explains the operating principles of the software and its commands. In addition to the chapters giving a technical description of each of the software's commands, the Manual includes tutorials prepared by Dimitri Della Faille, now a professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, showing step-by-step how to use various commands.