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Writing entails putting sentences in a sequence and aims at achieving communication. The message will be distorted or an understandable if the sentence contains misspelled words. The sentence should make sense if read aloud, and the audience should be able to understand you easily as they read your work. Writing is an art that aims at achieving effective communication.

Every writer should be able to produce material that is in proper English. Not everyone is born a native English speaker, but writers can learn English so as to be able to produce grammatically correct material. Your writing will be read by millions of people and to make a difference in them, you must do your best to make sure that the material has substance and above all can be easily read and understood.

Several writers will make spelling mistakes in their work. This occurs mostly when using homophones or words that have the same pronunciation in a sentence. Examples include ‘right’ and ‘rite’. Others will not know how the word is spelt. Unfortunately, they don’t realize the wrong spelling, and they print their work with the spelling mistakes. To avoid common spelling mistakes, it’s good to use spelling tool such as WordQ.

Incorrect usage of punctuation marks will annoy the reader of your material. Even though people might not realize the punctuation errors, something will look off in your message, and the meaning might be distorted. Correct punctuation will make it easy for the readers, and they will enjoy reading your work. It is good that as a writer you always check your work for punctuation errors before submitting. Learning punctuation takes time but using the tools like WordQ will make work easier.

The most common punctuation errors include using unnecessary quotation marks, and apostrophes. Missing a comma or using too many commas, is also another common punctuation mistake.

As a writer, you need to be aware of the difference between the U.S. and U.K. English. The difference occurs in spelling, punctuations and vocabulary. Vocabulary difference should be observed because it is the most common mistake in writing. For instance, Americans will go for a vacation whereas Britons are on holiday. The apartment is used by Americans while referring to the flats that Britons live in. It is good that these differences are observed to avoid distortion.

This is sometimes negligible, but it is not good to use upper case letters where lower case letters should be used. Don’t mix up the letter case. Names of countries like India begin with capital letters / upper case letters.

To be a successful writer, you must be willing to commit yourself to learning English. Secondly, it is always good to proof read your work before sending it out to the audience. Writing is an art that is learnt over time. Use of spelling tools like WordQ to check your work helps in ensuring you don’t make mistakes.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does WordQ work with On Screen Keyboards?

WordQ by design interacts with the keyboard buffer, not all OSK’s interact with this system function. Operating system updates continually change the interaction between OSK and the main system functions. WordQ was not designed to interact with these styles of virtual keyboards. There are some success stories with third party OSK’s, however they are vulnerable to operating system updates that break the connection between the OSK and wordQ.

WordQ not working/reading .PDF files

WordQ is designed to access text for the purpose of writing with speech feedback, as such it requires full access to the text within a document. The security setting of the pdf may be too restrictive to allow WordQ to read the document. WordQ does not utilize the “copying for accessibility” feature for reading as it accesses the clipboard as an editing tool.

Does WordQ work with Google Docs and OpenOffice?

WordQ is partially compatible with Google Docs and Open Office. It will work, except that WordQ is unable to follow the cursor, so the prediction box is locked in place on the screen and will not follow along as you write. WordQ also cannot do "in context prediction" in the middle of words you have already written. The reason for this is Google Docs and Open Office do not provide any hooks that external applications can read. This adds security, but blocks most accessibility software such as WordQ. WordQ can still read input from the keyboard, but can't read anything in the document. Thus if you go backwards into your text it cannot make predictions based on what is there.

Error message when I press the read button?

You may see the message “"Unable to read the selected text." Your application may not support this feature.” As documented in the User Guide, you must select the text first in the browser and then press the Read button. The automatic highlighting and reading is only supported in MS Word, Outlook, WordPad and Notepad. In all other applications, you must highlight the text first and then press the Read button.

Why does the prediction box partially cover text as I write?

The font size in the prediction box is smaller than the document text. Choose a larger font in the prediction box to match the document font. The box automatically positions itself with respect to the text depending on its font size.

Why doesn't the prediction box follow the cursor?

This is an application limitation. It is recommened to set the prediction window to "Leave in Place"

Why does my prediction box have a black background?

The word list color changes with system colors automatically and so if you change Windows system colors, the box changes along with it. This is designed for visual accessibility. The background color is the same as a tool tip color. To change the background and/or text color, adjust the Tool Tip under the Control Panel > Display > Appearance > Advanced properties page.

How do I type numbers when using word prediction?

There are a few ways to type numbers. If you have a numeric keypad on your keyboard, typing on it will put in numbers rather than predicting words. At Options->Prediction-> Selection you can also reverse this, so that it is the keyboard that puts in numbers and the numeric keypad that makes word selections. Another option is to pause the word prediction to put in numbers. You can hit the F9 key to turn off word prediction, then type the numbers, and then F9 again to turn it back on. If typing numbers is a real problem, you can go to Options > Prediction > Selection, and turn off selection by number and just use the mouse or arrow keys to pick what word you want to use.

Are any features missing in the trial?

The trial software is the same as the full product, except it expires after 30 days unless you purchase a serial number. You can activate an expired trial at anytime, even if it's past the initial 30 days.

Unable to select a word in the word prediction list.

This issue is common on a touchscreen computer which typically has the DPI settings increased. You may set the DPI back to 100% in the control panel and this should resolve the issue.

After I copy/paste text into a document, WordQ cannot read some text.

The problem you describe is because the formatting from the source of the text is copied into the document.

Example of the problem. Copying text from an Internet page then pasting the text into Microsoft Word not only pastes the text, but the hidden html formatting as well. Another example is copying the text from an unlocked PDF. Pasting PDF text into a Word document will also paste the PDF formatting. When WordQ is used to read back what appears to be plain text, it cannot interpret the hidden/incomplete formatting information that has been pasted. Some text will be read while other text will not.

Additionally, it is difficult to properly format, for printing/viewing purposes, a document that has mixed-source-text that has been copied and pasted as described in the example above.

The solution: Standard publishing practice is to copy and paste text as unformatted text. Text that has been pasted as unformatted text into a wordprocessing document will be understood and read correctly by WordQ.

Please refer your particular wordprocessor's documentation on how to paste unformatted text.

Difficulty in importing .txt files into a new Topic list for WordQ.

The topic list import requires a hard carriage return as a delimiter. It is recommended that you create topic lists exclusively in Notepad to avoid this complication.

How can I use WordQ to read a printed book?

You can use WordQ to read a printed textbook or some other source. To do this you will need to scan the book with a scanner that has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capability. OCR converts the photo that the scanner takes into text that programs like WordQ can read.

Once you have the text file that the OCR program created, open it in a word processor, like Microsoft Word or Notepad and use the "Read" feature in WOrdQ to have it read back to you.

Why when I press F11 the text is highlighted but not spoken?

Once the text is automatically highlighted, press Spacebar to begin reading the text. Spacebar acts as a Play/Pause button. You can also use the arrow keys to step through the text. Click anywhere with the mouse or press Esc to exit Read mode.

How do I type numbers when using word prediction?

There are a few ways to type numbers. If you have a numeric keypad on your keyboard, typing on it will put in numbers rather than predicting words. At Options->Prediction-> Selection you can also reverse this, so that it is the keyboard that puts in numbers and the numeric keypad that makes word selections.

Another option is to pause the word prediction to put in numbers. You can hit the F9 key to turn off word prediction, then type the numbers, and then F9 again to turn it back on.

If typing numbers is a real problem, you can go to Options->Prediction->Selection, and turn off selection by number and just use the mouse or arrow keys to pick what word you want to use.

Non-Adobe PDF readers and hyphens

PDF documents are not the same as a word processor document. They are simply a visual representation of the document with each element placed at some x-y coordinate. They often have an accompanying text that can be read, but there is always a hard ‘Return’ (CR) at the each line, which is interpreted as the end of a paragraph and given a pause. See for yourself by copying a section of text and pasting it into a text editor or word processor.

With PDF-Xchange Editor you may see something like this:

No specific grade or devel- opmental level is suggested for the teaching of each compe- tency unit (subcompetency)--this is left to the discretion of the individual …

In the above case when it comes to “devel-“ it will speak exactly that, pause, and then “opmental level…” is spoken. This is a valid reason to complain. Unfortunately, PDF-Xchange Editor is simply lacking in good accessibility features and does not join hyphenated words. The odd spacing is a result of full-justification of the text and is unique to PDF-Xchange Editor.

On the other hand, when using Adobe Acrobat Reader, and after the document has been processed for reading (should be automatic when you open a document and WordQ is running), there are still hard returns at the end of each line but hyphenated words are joined so that there is smoother reading:

No specific grade or developmental level is suggested for the teaching of each competency unit (subcompetency)--this is left to the discretion of the individual …

This is much better, but not perfect as there is still a noticeable pause after each line. This is a fundamental problem with reading PDF documents. On the Mac, the pause at the end of a line is less noticeable. If you were to copy the PDF text to a word processor or text editor and removed any hyphens at the end of a line, and replaced the CR with a space, it could be read smoother. However, not all text from a PDF is clean as it may have been scanned and the OCR translation of graphics to text may be poor. Further a PDF document will have all sorts of characters and markers that are used to display the document. I can go on and on, but you should begin to see why it is so difficult for us to read a PDF document.

The short answer is that when using PDF-Xchange Editor, reading is simply poor and there is nothing that we can do. Perhaps the developers of PDF-Xchange Editor could do something, but it is not a trivial task. Adobe simply has more resources available and has been under greater governmental scrutiny to make their Reader more accessible. We are continuing our own development of managing PDF documents for reading, but this is a major task without a simple solution. For now, I would recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader to display a PDF document and copying text into NotePad where it can be read with full WordQ reading capabilities, albeit with pauses at the end of each line.