First Impressions on Instant Text
by Burt Danet
Having had IT for a while, it is possible to share some information. It is a well-presented program. It works in Windows, but can be used with DOS word processors by use of the Windows clipboard feature. The abbreviation list is a glossary. You can create your own glossaries by specialty, or by whatever selection process you choose.
The most amazing capability is you can have IT read text from files you already have in your computer and then compile a glossary in just a few moments! In one example, I set it up to read about 200 files of text and then it created a glossary. What has taken years of painstaking work in abbreviation expanders was done this quickly in IT. This capability boggles the mind in terms of being able to create glossaries to work with any type of task you might have.
The best part is that you don't have to memorize abbreviations. IT works with your own input to guess what you are about to type! When it is right, you simply call up the right long form/phrase by use of a key such as ; or / to bring up the word or phrase.
The best analogy I can think of is that abbreviation expanders are like a foreign language in the sense you have to learn a new language - the short forms - to create output that you desire - the long forms. IT, instead, uses your own text and takes what you do and then uses the various combinations of text strings that appear in your work (words and phrases) to set up the short/long form glossaries. You can, of course, customize any glossary to include specific words, phrases, paragraphs, even entire reports (normals) as well.
Then when you work in IT the computer knows the patterns of your work and makes available choices of single words (bi or bl might be bilateral) and phrases (rb or rbs might be random blood sugar). As you type additional letters, it can arrive at the only choice possible, the one you are looking for! The only requirement is that the letters of the short forms appear in the order they appear in the text. It does not have to be the logical choices, it just has to be in the right order.
These are just preliminary impressions.
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