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Reading and Learning Tool

Why Are We Here?

One of the most thrilling experiences for a foreign language student comes from being able to read copy written for native speakers without the aid of notes or furigana. What a sense of accomplishment and pride that moment brings when you are finally able to read and comprehend the text with some degree of fluency.

Traditional Analysis Methods

As a beginning language student, or even as an accomplished speaker, you have probably marked up text with notes to help you learn unfamiliar material. This tendency to mark the page commits you to seeing these notes every time you review the material. As it isolates you from the text, it delays the pleasure you find in speaking fluently, once your study is completed.

Reading without Notes

With Smart Characters for Windows, there is no need to mark your text. Instead, you use Smart Characters to look up and enter your vocabulary and notes into the computer. Then you and the built- in vocabulary tutor engage in drills which force you to learn the vocabulary with a response time of around a quarter of a second. When this process is complete, you are able to read the text without notes of any kind, to the amazement of your teacher, fellow students, or co-workers.

User's Guide Typography Conventions

Printed Manual Conventions

The following document conventions are used throughout this manual:
Courier is used to indicate either a specific key on the keyboard such as Enter. Bold Text is used to indicate a specific, unchanging menu or dialog item or title, like View. | The vertical separator is used to indicate the hierarchy of menus and menu items. For example, to select File | Save, first select File then Save. Italic Text is used to indicate a topic heading, a reference to a topic heading, or a name. tiny numbers follow an italicized topic reference and indicate the page number of a topic heading. - between keys, indicates that each key is pressed in sequence. + between two keys, indicates that the first key shifts the second key. Press and hold the first key, then press the second key. ^ indicates a control character(30- 2) (codes 0-31). You can generate control characters by pressing the Ctrl shift key plus a letter key (e.g. Ctrl+W is equivalent to ^W).

Differences between the Manual and Help

The on-line hypertext(30- 4) help system duplicates this manual exactly except for typography, and that the help system does not contain the User's Guide acknowledgments, license agreement, or the printed index (use the Help Search command instead).

Help, Menus, and Dialogs May Be Changed

Smart Characters is highly configurable, that is, you can change what it does and the way it does it. In particular, you can change the menus, dialogs, and the help screens to suit your preferences, or for special purposes. For example, you may want to use Chinese or Japanese menus, dialogs, and help screens, or customize a version of Smart Characters so that it can be used only for vocabulary drills. See Customizing Menus and Dialogs(12- 1).

The printed User's Guide corresponds to the standard English menus and dialogs from the distribution disk. Chinese, Japanese, French, or otherwise customized menus and dialogs will be similar but not identical to the examples in the User's Guide. Although good practice requires that anyone who changes the menus and dialogs should also change the on-line help, there may be a discrepancy and subsequent users (e.g., you) may have difficulty. In this event, you may wish to restore the English menus and dialogs, and the standard English help files.

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