|★ APPLICATIONS ★ BUREAUTIQUE ★ TAS-SPELL (c) TASMAN SOFTWARE|Amstrad Action) ★|
It would be nice to believe that a word-processor could actually improve your writing ability. Unfortunately, this just isn't true: word processors can make writing, adjusting and rephrasing a document easier, but they won't turn anyone into a literary genius.
Once that last adjustment has been made. one final stage must be completed before any document of importance can be sent out the spelling must be checked This not only very boring for a human being to do but is prone to human error, sloppiness and ignorance. It'sa pretty hawk-eyed writer who can spot all spelling errors as well as those typing mistakes that turn ands'into 'adns', thes'into'tehs'
Tasman's Tas-spell is an impressive if not quite total - solution to the problem. The only really bad point about it is that it will only work with Tasword 464-D or Tasword 6128. There are in fact two versions of Tas-spell, one on each side of the supplied disc, for Tasword 464 D and Tasword 6128. People who bought Amsword or cassette-based Tasword will need to upgrade to the full disc program.
The reason for this is that Tas-spell is supplied only on disc. And the reason why it is supplied only on disc is its sheer size it contains over 20,000 words, or roughly 100K of data. This is pretty impressive when you consider that the average educated adult probably has a vocabulary of around 25.000 words. Trying to load such a system from tape would be far too complex; you would have to keep fast-forwarding and reversing the tape to find the right dictionary block.
I will make Tas-spell ignore a spelling. For example, if you have a lot of names in your file, and you don't want to add them to the dictionary, then this command will solve the problem.
C will allow you to change the spelling of a word if you have made a mistake. On the 464 D version, you can edit it from Tas-spell, but the 6128 version forces a return to Tasword. This may seem a little strange, but if you have made a whole series of spelling errors in succession - say you started pressing a 'p' instead of an 'o' - then it saves a lot of effort for 6128 owners. Unfortunately, it corrupts Tasword 6128 in the process, and so once the program has had the spelling checked, Tasword would need to be reloaded.
Further options include a number-trapping function which, when on, will ignore words containing numbers. Numbers alone are always ignored. S will switch on the single letter trapping function and will reject any single letters other than 'A' or 'T', "D" deletes words from the dictionary, while T will put you back into Tasword.