Text Editor

The Text Editor is still far from finished. The hard part is done: moving text from the user's mind into the computer. What's next is saving it in there, retrieving it, and allowing it to be modified.

In this demo, Brett's just going to enter his name to give an idea of how it works.

He starts back in the Activities menu to select what he wants to do. As before, he selects the activity he's interested in and AUI burbles to fill a little time. Then it loads a menu of things the Text Editor knows (or will know) how to do; and says, "Editor commands".

Brett chooses "New document", and AUI loads the alphabetic / numeric / punctuation menu and says, "Insert text".

After the scene change, Brett's entering letters. As in the Calculator, a VI user has the option of using the keyboard. But Brett's totally blind, so the mouse and menu are easier and more accurate for him.

He selects 'b', and AUI says, "Letters entered so far are 'b' ".

If he'd used a triple-click instead of a double-click to select from the menu, he'd have gotten upper-case 'B', and AUI would have said, "Letters entered so far are capital 'b' ". If he'd been using the keyboard, he could have used the shift key to enter a 'B'.

The rest of the demo shows how he navigates around to get the rest of the letters in his first name. I think this footage may be a few months old because he's not using the scroll wheel to move around quickly, and because of the way AUI's talking.

The scroll wheel would save him an awful lot of 'mousing around', but it's a fairly recent addition to the program. Moving the mouse will still work, so AUI will work on systems that don't have scroll wheel mice, but life's sure easier with a scroll wheel.

And AUI's feedback in this activity has changed. Notice how as soon as he gets 'bret' entered, AUI's pronouncing his name as if it were all there. And Brett seems a little confused.

The way it works now, AUI pronounces all the words in a line of text, except the last one. It always spells out the last group of letters on a line. This eliminates confusion about just what's been entered so far.