Word Detail Dialogue Box

Penfriend XL stores a lot of information about each word that it uses, and this is available for inspection in this dialogue box. It can be seen by choosing Properties from the lexicon window pop-up menu or by holding down the Alt key and clicking on the word when it appears in the normal prediction window.

The spelling may contain capital or lower-case letters (normally lower case), and accented characters.

The word frequency indicates the number of times the word has been observed so far. This includes a default 'factory' setting from the lexicons as they are delivered to you, and is updated each time the word is used.

The 'recency' number rises when you use the word, and drops off when you do not. This may be around 100 for common words. Modifying it will have only a short-term effect.

If the word is marked as being 'new', it will appear in the new section of the lexicon list window, and will be more actively modified in usage. Please see the discussion on learning new words.

If the 'capitalise' option is on, the word will be predicted exactly as it appears in the lexicon. This is intended for proper nouns. A lower case word with this option set will be predicted with entirely lower case letters, even if you typed a capital.

The option 'never predict' allows a word to be in the lexicon but never used. This is most suitable for common spelling mistakes.

The list of following words indicates a few words which are likely to come after this word. You may move words up and down this list by selecting one and pressing the up or down cursor (arrow) keys. You may also delete entries. To add an entry, type the words in your normal word processor. The list will always be updated to include the word that followed this one the last time it was used, and may or may not include different words used earlier.

You may delete the entire word from the lexicon by clicking on the 'delete' button, or update your changes by clicking on 'OK'. If you make changes, please ensure that the lexicon is saved either by hand or automatically at the end of the session.