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Leading and Guiding Wordprocessor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111867D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Parikh, SN: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention proposes an imaginative enhancement to the wordprocessor whereby the wordprocessor actually assists the writer in sentence construction. The current generation of wordprocessors essentially provide little assistance by way of advising the users. Some of these do have dictionary, grammar checking and reading comprehension level assessments. However, these word-processors provide little additional advice and guidance.

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Leading and Guiding Wordprocessor

      This invention proposes an imaginative enhancement to the
wordprocessor whereby the wordprocessor actually assists the writer
in sentence construction.  The current generation of wordprocessors
essentially provide little assistance by way of advising the users.
Some of these do have dictionary, grammar checking and reading
comprehension level assessments.  However, these word-processors
provide little additional advice and guidance.

      The invention described herein is directed toward assisting the
authors and writers in constructing 'more appropriate sentences'
which convey the precise meaning desired by the writer.  Often, the
writer is not certain of the most appropriate word to be used.  He
often has a vague idea of the message he wants to convey.  However,
he has to go back and forth between the "thesaurus reference mode"
and the "wordprocessor typing mode" to choose a word which is most
appropriate for the sentence under construction.  This is somewhat an
inefficient process.

      The wordprocessors have a dictionary and thesaurus built in.
The writers typically use this capability by clicking on appropriate
options on pull-down menus.  The wordprocessor then provides the
appropriate list of the words which are synonyms of the word under
consideration.  The user then selects the correct word and the new
sentence is reconstructed.  The user then reads the sentence again to
check the appropriateness of the selection.

      However, as mentioned before, this process is somewhat
inefficient and not particularly conducive to creative writing.  A
more useful method is as follows:

    After the author types a sentence which needs refinement, he can
    'order' the wordprocessor to construct...