The Typing Assistant is a comprehensive, integrated set of files designed to minimize your keystrokes for medical transcription (TAMed2C) or for general typing at work, for school or at home (TAGen).
Both fast and slow typists will find the Typing Assistant useful. Fast typists - because using the simple rules of the ABCZ system (and in some glossaries, any abbreviation rule), you can enter text faster than ever. Slow typists - because as you type letters, the most common words and phrases are displayed, and you can then enter words or entire phrases with a minimum of keystrokes. ABCZ helps you target those words and phrases reliably and accurately.
The Typing Assistant will not only increase the amount you produce, but it will greatly reduce your keystrokes. At the same time it saves you the time and trouble of constructing hundreds or thousands of abbreviations or short forms.
Whatever you want to type - letters, documents, email, brochures, memos, term papers - virtually any text - the Typing Assistant is here to help.
The ABCZ Typing Assistant Version 2 - TAMed2C consists of separate glossaries containing:
22,000 words and phrases in the ABCZ base medical glossary.
25,000 of the most frequently used
English words. (Wordsbiglist.glo)
Use any left-to-right abbreviation method to enter long words (Instant Text version).
2000 Drugs, including many standard dosages. 7000 entries overall. (Drug&Dosage.glo)
The medical version also contains
a 2400-entry DrugNumbers.glo
- Along with several other glossaries.
Click here for full list of glossaries.
Here's how the ABCZ system works:
In the screen shot below we see that the ABCZ MED Glossary has been opened in Instant Text. The Phrases Advisory is visible on the right. (The Words Advisory is on the left but is not shown in this example.)
Only two letters have been typed:
To enter the word "going" into the text, you would simply hit a marker key (usually semicolon, but the spacebar or many others can also be used). You could also type another "g" and the marker key.
If you wanted "good health" you could hit "2" and semicolon, or you could add "he" to "go" and hit semicolon.
If you wanted "greater on the
left" you could type "5" and the marker key or "tl" and
your marker key.
(You can also use the Shift and Control keys to select an entry.)
(NOTE: You can display from 0 to 15 advisory lines in Instant Text.)
The above screen also shows the 3 main rules of the ABCZ system in action:
for longer words - the first three letters, plus the last: gonl=gonadal,
ABAB: for 2 word phrases - the first 2 letters of each word: gohe=good health
AAA(A): phrases of 3 words or more - the first letter of each word: gotr=greater on the right.
What could be simpler!
Naturally, there are a few more things to keep in mind, but those are the basics of the ABCZ system.
ABCZ MED comes with a set of instructions
on how to make maximum use of the system.
You can also, of course, make up your own short forms, or change those in the glossary, as you like.
What if you want to use other rules?
In addition, you can use any left-to-right rule or short form to access the 25,000 words in Wordsbiglist.glo and 5000 entries in Names&Places.glo. (Also the 7000 entries in Drug&Dosage.glo in the medical version.)
Here we've typed "secy" with only
WordsBigList active. (In practice, several glossaries are "Included" together
and are active at the same time.) Only the Words advisory is shown here.
Since there will often be other words
which contain several of the same letters as the word you seek, you need
a targeting strategy. Depending on the letters/short forms you select,
you will be more or less successful in reaching a word quickly and accurately.
The ABCZ method minimizes these problems by using a few simple rules and
a fixed list of words/phrases and short forms which appear in the Phrases
advisory (shown in the earlier example). But, you have the option
of using whatever method works best for you in targeting words.
More examples and screen shots