eType — Free Word Prediction Software

There are still many people in the 21st century who use typewriters, and who are much valued for their typing skills!  All the same, I’m surprised by how often I hear people refer to the use of a computer keyboard as “typing”.

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No matter what you call it, and despite the proliferation of hand-held devices, the ability to use a computer keyboard for word processing remains an essential skill. It is also true that for a variety of reasons there are many people who find this difficult.

Word prediction, or auto-completion, can be helpful.  By reducing the number of required of keystrokes, auto-completion can reduce fatigue and/or increase the speed of inputting text when there are physical challenges.  For others, it can also help with spelling and with finding appropriate words to use.  Relatively expensive commercial word-prediction programs such as Co:writer and WordQ offer text-to-speech, and this is valuable for those with severe spelling challenges.

eType

eType is a new free program for the PC that can be installed and used with virtually every computer application, including web browsers.  It does not include text-to-speech, but I’ve tried it and found eType to be efficient, effective, and easy to use.  There are dictionary and thesaurus functions.  As a bonus, eType even offers a translation feature for multiple languages.  The promotional video from eType does a good job of demonstrating what the program does.

Photos by Sumit and by Extra Ketchup

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