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Supportive Writing Technology

Supportive Writing Technology

Supportive Writing Technology
  • Author: Paul Nisbet, Roger Spooner, Emma Arthur, Allan Wilson and Philip Whittaker
  • Published: 1999
  • File Type and Size: PDF, 5Mb

Computer programs and systems are now available to support people who have writing difficulties. These include spellcheckers, word predictors, talking wordprocessors and portable writing aids. This book is intended to introduce these tools and help parents, teachers and writers choose the most suitable system.

This downloadable book (printed version available) begins by highlighting the writers who would benefit from using supportive writing technology and outlines the various approaches which can be used to help them. This leads into a detailed description of the various features of the programs under consideration. The third section compares different programs in order to help people decide which system will be most useful for a particular individual. The final section reviews the programs and other systems.

Book Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Basic Principles
  • Chapter 2 - Word Processors
  • Chapter 3 - Portable Computers / Word Processors
  • Chapter 4 - Talking Word Processors and Speech Output Utilities
  • Chapter 5 - Spellcheckers
  • Chapter 6 - Automatic Spell Correction and Abbreviation Expansion
  • Chapter 7 - On-screen Wordbanks
  • Chapter 8 - Word Prediction
  • Chapter 9 - Speech Recognition
  • Chapter 10 - Assessment and Provision of Supportive Writing Technology
  • Chapter 11 - Teaching Literacy Using Technology
  • Chapter 12 - 15 Features, Review and Comparisons
  • Chapter 16 - Software Reviews
  • Chapter 17 - Portable Computers
  • Chapter 18 - Resources

Programs and Portable Writing Aids Considered in the Book

  • ClarisWorks;
  • Keyspell;
  • Microsoft Word;
  • Pages;
  • Talking Pendown;
  • Talking Textease;
  • Text Reader/Speak;
  • textHELP!;
  • WordPerfect;
  • Write: Outloud;
  • Writer’s Toolkit;
  • Co:Writer;
  • EZ Keys;
  • Penfriend;
  • PredictAbility;
  • Prophet;
  • AlphaSmart 2000;
  • DreamWriter 2000;
  • eMate;
  • Franklin Spellmaster and Elementary Spellmaster;
  • Psion 3c and 5;
  • Canon Starwriter 350.