SPELL CHECK / DICTIONARY

When editing questions or instructions you may either spell check the text you are typing or call up the dictionary to look up a word.

The words are stored in two main word lists and a user's word list. More on them later.

To call up the spell check / dictionary press [F6] from any of the text editing screens and you will be offered these options.

1. SPELL CHECK THIS TEXT.
This will check whatever text you are editing for spelling errors.

2. SPELL CHECK FROM HERE TO THE END.
This option is only available while you are "Entering new questions" or "Editing existing questions". It will check all questions from the current question to the last question. However you may cancel this procedure while in operation by pressing [ESC], meaning that you can start at question 52 and stop at question 60 by pressing [ESC].

3. DICTIONARY.
This option will allow you to look up words in the word list.

If spell check cannot find a word, or if you call up the dictionary, the screen in figure 10 will pop up.

                       Spell Check / Dictionary
  -----Did not find-----   ----Scan all words----  ------Suggested----- 
  |EVERS               |   |EVERSION            |  |EVERSION          | 
  ----------------------   |EVERSIONS           |  |EVERSIONS         | 
 [F1] Add to user list     |EVERT               |  |                  | 
 [F2] Edit user list       |EVERTED             |  |                  | 
 [F3] Restore word         |EVERTING            |  |                  | 
 [F4] Use highlighted word |EVERTOR             |  |                  | 
 [F5] Skip / No change     |EVERTORS            |  |                  | 
 [ESC] Cancel spell check  |EVERTS              |  |                  |
 [^] [v] [UP] [DOWN] [TAB] ----------------------  --------------------
                                       Word list Version 1.2
Figure 10. Spell check / Dictionary
When the Spell check / Dictionary screen pops up the box on the left will be highlighted and the other two will be blank. To fill in the center and right boxes press [TAB] or [ENTER] this will also highlight those boxes in order.

The left or "edit" box will hold the word that spell check could not match from your text. If you can correct it in the edit box, do so. Only from the edit box will pressing [F3] restore the word in the edit box to its original spelling.

When the center or "scan" box is highlighted it will fill in with words from the word list starting with whatever word is closest to the word in the "edit" box. By pressing the up or down arrows, [PG UP], or [PG DN] you may scan through the word list from this point. Note; if the word you are looking for is in your user's list it will not be displayed in the scan box. See USER'S LIST below.

When the right or "suggested" box is highlighted it will fill in with up to 50 words that closely match the word in the edit box using these rules, the first 3 letters must match, the first 4 consonants must match. You may scan through this list also.

Changing the word in the edit box will reload the lists in the scan and suggested boxes when they are highlighted again otherwise the lists will remain the same.

USER'S LIST
This program allows you to maintain a list of personal words. You may add or delete up to 300 words to this list. (More on user's list later.)

Only when you are in the edit box will pressing [F1] place the word in the edit box in your user's list. Only from the edit box can you press [F2] to display your user's list, it will overwrite the suggested box on the right. While viewing the user's list you may scan up and down, pressing [DELETE] will remove the highlighted word from the list. Press [ESC] to close the user's box and return to the edit box.

To replace or correct a word in the user list first delete the old word, type the new word in the edit box, press [F1].

CORRECTING / STORING A WORD
When any of the boxes (including the user's box) are highlighted, when [F4] is pressed the word highlighted in the box will be grabbed.

If you are spell checking, the grabbed word will replace the misspelled word in your text and the spell checking scan will continue. If your misspelled word began and ended with lowercase letters then the replacement word will be all lowercase. If your misspelled word began and ended with uppercase letters then the replacement word will be all UPPERCASE. If your misspelled word began with an uppercase letter but ended with a lowercase letter then the replacement word will be Capitalized. MacDoneld will be corrected to Macdonald, notice that the "d" is now lower case.

If you were using the dictionary the grabbed word will be stored. Now when you are typing your text, holding down [CTRL] and pressing [F7] will type in a lowercase version of the grabbed word at the cursor position and [CTRL] + [F8] will type in an uppercase version.

SKIP / CANCEL
When using the dictionary pressing [F5] or [ESC] will close the dictionary.

When spell checking, pressing [F5] will leave the old version of the word in place and continue the spell checking scan. Pressing [ESC] will leave the old version of the word in place and cancel the scan of the current text.

If you were spell checking to the last question and pressed [ESC] then you will be offered the following options.

1. Continue spell check with next question.
This will cancel the spell check of the current question and continue the scan with the next question.

2. Continue spell check with this question.
This will continue the scan at the beginning of this question.

3. Save, cancel spell check.
This will save any changes that you have made in the current question and cancel the scan.

4. Do not save, cancel spell check.
This will leave the original version of the current question in place and cancel the scan.

After canceling a multi-question scan you will be offered the option of staying at the current question or returning to the question where the scan began.

WORD LISTS
The spell check / dictionary works by using 3 lists of words. The file WORDS10.DAT is a list of 2 to 10 letter words, WORDS20.DAT is a list of 11 to 20 letter words.

To enable the spell check / dictionary, both main word list files must be in your \TESTER directory on your hard drive.

If you wish to give this program to someone else these files will not be copied by the "copy / delete" function or if you copy them to a floppy disk manually they will not be copied from the floppy to the new user's hard drive by INSTALL.

The reason for this is that I encourage you to go to my website and download the latest version of these lists, they are upgraded frequently. At the bottom of the spell check / dictionary screen is the version number of the word lists you are using, match this with the version number on my website to see if you could use an upgrade. The URL for my website is...

http://keyhut.com/indexpos.htm

DISCLAIMER.
The main word lists are a compilation of other word list found on the internet. In addition I am constantly downloading news articles, stories, bulletin boards, user groups, and anything else I can find to look for additional words.

I have tried to omit the most objectional of these words, however with over 114,000 words I am sure that I have missed several. In addition many objectional words have purposely been left in the lists in the theory that something cannot be properly condemed in print unless you can spell it.

If you find a word under copyright in the list it will be deleted from future versions upon notification, my apologies in advance.

The word lists contain proper names, geographical names, slang, and abbrevations, they are not the language police, they are only interested in spelling words correctly.

USER'S LIST II
The third word list is the user's list. When you create a new question list you will be asked if you wish to use the main user's list or give the question set its own list of user's words.

If you choose to use the main list then nothing is done. If you choose to give the question set its own list then a blank USERWORD.DAT file is placed in the directory set up for that question list. (If the question list is MATH then its directory is \TESTER\MATH.)

So, how to decide? If your question sets are all on the same or similar topic then sharing the main list would make sense. That way a word entered into the main user's list from one question set would be shared by all. If your question sets are on different topics then separate user's list would be the way to go. Remember that each user's list can only hold 300 words. Once "History" has filled a list "Englit" will have no room to place words if they are both using the main user's list.

When spell check / dictionary needs the USERWORD.DAT file it looks in the question set's directory first and if it is not there it uses the one in the \TESTER directory. This means that by manually copying or deleteing USERWORD.DAT files that you can change the one that a question set uses.

Another use for the USERWORD.DAT files is to email it to me at daleharris@prodigy.net If you do then I will add your words to the main word lists. This will allow you to delete all the words from your USERWORD.DAT file and add 300 new words. I, however, reserve the right to refuse to add any word to the main lists.


SELECTION FUNCTIONS COMMON TO "PRINT QUESTIONS",
"PRINT A TEST", AND "MAKE A QUIZ"

Figure 11 shows the top 13 lines of all the selection screens. The top line shows the number of the question being displayed, the total number of questions in the list, the course name, and the document title.
 QUESTION  23      317 QUESTIONS       Computer Knowledge       Chapter 11
   212. In a spacecraft orbiting the Earth, why do objects float in the    
   air?

       A) There is no gravity in space.
       B) The moon's gravity cancels that of the Earth.
       C) All objects in the spacecraft and the spacecraft itself are
          falling around the Earth at the same speed.
       D) The gravitational attraction of the walls of the spacecraft
C         surrounds the object and is greater than that of the far away
E         Earth
0      E) Solar radiation
 # Selected [ 19]. This question: [ ] has been printed [*] has been selected.
  NO - Justify all questions
 YES - Print multiple choice answers.
  NO - Print questions in random order.
  NO - Print MC answers in random order.
 YES - Print all MC answers vertically.
  NO - Print instructions.
 YES - Print correct answer.
 YES - Number questions sequentally.
           Print a Test
1. Select / Unselect this question.
2. Go to previous selected question
3. Go to next selected question
4. Jump to question
5. Auto select questions in range.
6. View / Write instructions.
7. View questions selected.
8. Search questions.
9. Begin printing.
F10. = Function key descriptions.
TAB. = Set parameters / ESC. = Quit

Figure 11. Top of selection screen.
Lines 2 to 12 display the first 11 lines of a question and its answers as they will be printed. If the question and answers are more than 11 lines in length press INSERT to see all the lines.

At the left of line 10 is the correct answer for this question, left of line 11 shows the scramble code, left of line 12 is the number of essay lines chosen.

Line 13 tells you how many questions you have selected, whether this question has been printed before, and if this question has been selected. ([*] = yes, [ ] = no)

Before you print your questions, or make a quiz, you must select from your question list the questions that you wish to use.

The right of lines 2 to 12 will display the name of a document that is linked to this question, if any.

In the lower right corner of the screen you will see the functions that you may use to select these questions. See figure 12.

[PG UP]
Pressing [PG UP] or the up arrow will display the previous question.

[PG DN]
Pressing [PG DN] or the down arrow will display the next question.

[ESC] = Quit.

If you press [ESC] you will unselect all selected questions and return to the main menu.

[TAB] = Set parameters.
Pressing [TAB] will allow you to change the printing parameters listed in the lower left corner of the screen. For an explanation of these parameters look in the section of these instructions that pertains to what you are printing.

[DELETE]
Pressing [DELETE] will allow you to delete the tabs that indicate that a question has already been printed.

[INSERT]
Normally the screen displays only the first 11 lines of a question and its answers. Press [INSERT] to display additional lines, if any.

[F1] Allows you to change the course name. This change will not be written to the disk.

[F2] Allows you to enter a name or title for this document or quiz.

[F3] Allows you to edit the displayed question.

[F4] Saves the "selected" markers to the disk. If you save the "selected" markers and then quit the program, you may load the markers when you use this program again. When you quit "Print questions", "Print a test" or "Make a quiz" all questions are unselected. You may jump from one selection screen to another without unselecting the questions by pressing [F7], [F8], or [F9]. (See below)

Saving "selected" markers overwrites any markers previously saved on the disk.

[F5] Loads the "selected" markers previously saved. NOTE; if you have added new questions or deleted blank questions since you last saved the "selected" markers, these markers may no longer point to the same questions.

[F6] Clears or unselects all questions.

[F7] Will jump you to "Print questions" without unselecting the questions.

[F8] Will jump you to "Print a test" without unselecting the questions.

[F9] Will jump you to "Make a quiz" without unselecting the questions.

[F10] Will display the function key descriptions on the screen.

[F11] Will allow you to split off a new file from this one or make a merge file. See Splitting / Merging files.

[F12] Will allow you to load a merge file, created by [F11], into this question list. See Splitting / Merging files..
 QUESTION  23      317 QUESTIONS       Computer Knowledge       Chapter 11
   212. In a spacecraft orbiting the Earth, why do objects float in the    
   air?

       A) There is no gravity in space.
       B) The moon's gravity cancels that of the Earth.
       C) All objects in the spacecraft and the spacecraft itself are
          falling around the Earth at the same speed.
       D) The gravitational attraction of the walls of the spacecraft
C         surrounds the object and is greater than that of the far away
E         Earth
0      E) Solar radiation
 # Selected [ 19]. This question: [ ] has been printed [*] has been selected.
  NO - Justify all questions
 YES - Print multiple choice answers.
  NO - Print questions in random order.
  NO - Print MC answers in random order.
 YES - Print all MC answers vertically.
  NO - Print instructions.
 YES - Print correct answer.
 YES - Number questions sequentally.
          Print Questions
1. Select / Unselect this question.
2. Go to previous selected question
3. Go to next selected question
4. Jump to question
5. Auto select questions in range.
6. View / Write instructions.
7. View questions selected.
8. Search questions.
9. Begin printing.
F10. = Function key descriptions.
TAB. = Set parameters / ESC. = Quit

Figure 12. Selection functions.
1. Select / Unselect this question.
Pressing 1 will select the displayed question. If the question was selected previously, then the question will be unselected. Please note that blank questions cannot be selected. Also if you are making a quiz, any question that does not have a designated "correct answer" cannot be selected.

2. Go to previous selected question.
Press [2] to display the previous selected question. If no questions have been selected or no question before the one displayed has been selected then nothing will happen.

3. Go to next selected question.
Press [3] to display the next selected question. If no questions have been selected or no question after the one displayed has been selected then nothing will happen.

4. Jump to question.
When you press [4] you will be asked "Enter question number that you wish to jump to." The question that you ask for will be displayed.

5. Auto select questions in range.
This function will automatically select questions. When you press [5] the box in figure 13 will appear. Enter the questions at which you want the selections to start and stop. When you press [TAB] the program will look at the questions in the range you have entered and select all the non-blank questions (and those with a "correct answer" if you are making a quiz). Any questions in the range that were previously selected will not be unselected.


   Select all questions in range.    
                                     
       Start at question ..1 
        Stop at question 564 

       Press [TAB] to select.
        Press [ESC] to quit. 



Figure 13.
6. View / Write instructions.
Pressing [6] will cause an entry screen, similar to the "edit question" screen, to appear. You may edit the previous instructions, or write new ones. If you quit this function by pressing [TAB] the new instructions will be written to the disk and will be recalled the next time you load this question set. If you quit by pressing [ESC] then the instructions will not be written to the disk but you may use these new instructions in this session.

If you are making a computer given quiz, and are in a question set where the maximum question length is 880 characters (as opposed to 408), you can write separate instructions for the survey and graded portions of a quiz. Press [F5] to toggle between the two.

By pressing [F3] you may save the current instructions to the instruction file. You may save up to 6 sets of instructions. By pressing [F4] you may load instructions previously saved.

7. View questions selected.
This function allows you to view the questions, but not the answers, that you have selected. Pressing [7] will allow you to display the selected questions in the order that they are in the question list (1. Question order.) or in the order that you selected them (2. Selected order.). If you selected the questions in the order they are in the question list then "Question order" and "Selected order" will be the same. Once you have selected the order, you will be asked if you wish to display the "1. First line only" or "2. Entire question". Displaying the first line only will allow more questions to be displayed on each screen. Figure 14 shows how the selected questions will be displayed. The numbers in parantheses count the questions being displayed. The number after the parantheses is the location of that question in the list.

                         Press [ESC] to quit.
 (  1) 21  If the hard drive crashes, into which drive must you
 (  2)  3  Which three files (or their equivalant) must be in ROM
 (  3)237  A math coprocessor must be matched to the main processor
 (  4) 85  One way to divide and organize a disk drive is by using
 (  5)652  An 80486 does not have a matching math coprocessor because  
Figure 14 Questions displayed in selected order. First line only.
                         Press [ESC] to quit.
 (  1)  3  Which three files (or their equivalant) must be in ROM
 (  2) 21  If the hard drive crashes, into which drive must you
 (  3) 85  One way to divide and organize a disk drive is by using
 (  4)237  A math coprocessor must be matched to the main processor
 (  5)652  An 80486 does not have a matching math coprocessor because  
Figure 14. Questions displayed in question order. First line only.
8. Search questions.
Pressing [8] will allow you to search the list. Enter the text that you wish to find in the question list. Pressing [ENTER] will allow you to change the search range, example; search only questions 45 to 88.

If you press [F3] the program will search the question list starting at the displayed question (if it is in the range), or at the first question in the range, until it finds a match or it has searched every question in the range. If the search begins in the middle of the range and the search reaches the end of the range without finding a match, the search will continue from the beginning of the range until a match is found or it reaches the question where the search began.

If you press [F4] instead, then the entire range will be searched beginning from the first question in the range, all questions that contain the search text will be selected.

The search is not case sensitive, APPLE, Apple, and apple, all match. The question, answers, footnotes, and hidden text are searched. Spaces count. If your text has two words separated by a space, it will not match the same two words separated by two spaces.

If the search word forms part of a word in a question, it will match, ie. "age" is found inside "message".

9. Begin printing.
If you are making a quiz see Making a Quiz. If you are printing the questions or printing a test, pressing [9] will give you the options in figure 15.


  Do you wish to........ 
  1. Print this now on attached
     printer
  2. Save this on disk to print
     later, or on a different
     computer/printer, or to load  
     into a word processor.
  3. Preview on screen.
  4. Printer setup.  3  60  3
  5. Quit


Figure 15. Printing options.
Option 1 will begin printing on your printer. The document will be printed at 79 characters per line and 51 - 66 text lines per page. There is no left margin on tests. Before printing actually begins you will be given 8 seconds to cancel.

Option 3 will print the same document, except it will print on the screen. This will allow you to view your document before you send it to the printer.

Option 2 will print your document to the disk. Why would you want to do this? One reason would be to print out the document on a better printer which is attached to a different computer. If your entire question list is too large to copy to a floppy you can just send the document to the floppy instead. Another reason would be to load your document into a word processor. You may wish to use special fonts, formatting, or other functions that your printer and word processor support. If so, send this document to disk and then load it into your word processor.

Option 4 allows you to choose the number of lines that will be printed on each page for a top margin, text, and bottom margin. It is important to choose correctly otherwise the text on each page will begin higher or lower on each following page. In general a printer that uses fan-fold paper (with holes on both sides) will use 3 lines for each margin and 60 lines of text, single sheet printers will use 0 lines for margins and 60 lines of text. You may set margins to 0 - 3 lines and text to 51-66 lines. Except when taking a quiz, whenever you set up your printer, your data will be saved. The next time you load this question set the program will remember.


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