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[Last updated September, 1997]

OVERVIEW: Co:Writer is an "intelligent" word completion and prediction program. (With word prediction, after the user types the initial letter(s) of a words, he or she is offered a list of word choices. The user selects the desired word or its corresponding number and the word is typed out automatically.). Co:Writer is used in conjunction with any word processor.

COMPUTER: Macintosh, Windows; Co:Writer runs in conjunction with any word processing program.

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Co:Writer being used with Microsoft Word.

: Spelling, word relationships, grammar, and frequency of use. The in-line prediction can be turned off. Co:Writer can predict with the grammar feature turned on (predict words based on context) or off (predict words based on spelling only).

PREDICTION WINDOW CHARACTERISTICS: Customizable with regard to number of word choices, size, and location. The word lists can appear as a fixed list or as a dynamic list which moves along beneath the cursor. The user can choose to have the most likely word predicted in the running line of text.

WORD LIST CHARACTERISTICS: Comes with word lists. User can add names and special terms to a personal dictionary and create or import topic lists or multiple dictionaries.

WORD MODIFICATION: Extensive suffix list is predicted when route word is entered.

ABBREVIATION EXPANSION: Called the X:PND feature, you can create expansions that are predicted in word lists along with single words.

KEYBOARD ADAPTATIONS: None, but can be used with keyboard sensitivity features inherent in Macintosh system ("Easy Access").

SCANNING: Co:Writer does not have built-in scanning capacity for single switch users, but can be effectively used with other Macintosh-based scanning interfaces. It is frequently used with Discover:Ke:nx®, an adaptive interface also published by Don Johnston, Inc.

TYPE SIZE: Various font styles and sizes.


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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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