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1 William Condon North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Dr. Gary Bishop Professor of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Mrs. Marilyn Link Mentorship Coordinator, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

2  Text editor and calculator  Designed for motor-impaired individuals  Users can use only one to three keys  Web-based 

3  Many disabled individuals can’t use normal keyboards.  Electric pens, speech recognition, switches, etc. have been developed.  But they only work on computers with specific software.

4  Pens and switches are slower than keyboards.  Word-completion programs help.  Guess the rest of the word or the next word(s).  Increase speed 11% (Anson, 2004)  Save 40% keystrokes (Aliprandi, 2007)  But existing programs require a specific input method.

5 “To make a portable, simple-to- use combined text editor and calculator which takes a variety of input methods.”

6  Works entirely inside the user’s browser.  Doesn’t require the user to have any special software.  Posted online  Works anywhere

7  Virtual keyboard  Mouse clicks  Normal typing  Advancing by keys  Press “]“ until the right row is highlighted  Press “[“ to select it.  Press “]” until the right letter is highlighted.  Press “[“ to select it.”

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9  I used several lists from Wiktionary.  Search through lists after each letter typed.  Top three words put in the Memory row.  User can then select them from the virtual keyboard.  Simple but inefficient  No computer has shown a noticeable delay.

10  Checks after each letter is typed.  Breaks it up into “words” at each space or carriage return.  Replaces functions with equivalent JavaScript code.  sin(), cos(), ln(), log(), sqrt(), ^  Evaluates with JavaScript’s “eval()” function.  Real words are ignored.  The answer is put in the Memory row.

11  Filling in forms  Users can load a form into another frame and use CalcuType to type into it.  Saving documents  CalcuType passes the text the user has typed to a PHP program on the UNC web server.  The program sends back a web page containing the text.  Users can then save the web page normally.

12  One disabled teenager  Two adults who work with disabled people  Five non-disabled students at the NC School of Science and Mathematics  Three other non-disabled adults

13  User interface was “really easy to learn.”  Various small improvements suggested.  Hard to upload a form to fill out.  Can’t use some functions  “More words,” “more functions”  Liked general concept.  “This is a great program! Hopefully I’ll never need it but I enjoyed testing it.”

14  CalcuType can be improved  Use more modern words in completion list.  Make word-completion list dynamic.  But proof in concept  Word-completion can be integrated in math  Can work on any computer  Can use almost any input device

15   Aliprandi, C., Carmignani, N., & Mancarella, P. (August 2007). “An inflected-sensitive letter and word prediction system”. International Journal of Computing & Information Sciences, 5 : 2. Retrieved October 17, 2008, from.http://www.ijcis.info/International%20Journal%20of%20Computing %20and%20Information%20Sciences_files/Vol5N2/Vol5N2PP pdf  Anson, Denis; Moist, Penni; Przywara, Mary; Wells, Heather; Saylor, Heather; Maxime, Hantz (2004). "The Effects of Word Completion and Word Prediction on Typing Rates Using On-screen Keyboards". Retrieved October 17, 2008, from Misericordia University web site:  “Wiktionary:Frequency lists/Project Gutenberg ” (2005, December). Retrieved October 23, 2008, from Wiktionary web site:.http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Frequency_lists/Project_G utenberg_

16  Dr. Gary Bishop  Mrs. Marilyn Link  North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics


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