Writing with a Computer

Writing with a Computer

by Michael Palmquist, Donald Zimmerman, Mike Palmquist
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205274870

ISBN-13: 9780205274871

Pub. Date: 09/11/1998

Publisher: Pearson Education

The computer age has accelerated the pace of communication and thought in a permanent and global way, altering the way all individuals write and disburse information. Relying on the computer as their primary tool, many writers have optimized the process of writing, editing, and revising documents. Providing clear guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of modern

Overview

The computer age has accelerated the pace of communication and thought in a permanent and global way, altering the way all individuals write and disburse information. Relying on the computer as their primary tool, many writers have optimized the process of writing, editing, and revising documents. Providing clear guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of modern word processors and operating systems, Writing with a Computer emphasizes how computers can help serve the needs of writers This is the first book to emphasize how computers help people write more effectively and efficiently. It recognizes that the majority of word processor users only take advantage of about 10% of the functionality of most modern word processors. The book therefore helps readers explore how other functions of word processors can help them write better and faster. Its primary goal is to explore how technology can support the range of composing and information-gathering processes that writers use to create new documents. It focuses on how computers help writers generate ideas; collect and evaluate information; draft, review, revise, and edit text; and design documents.. For professional and technical writers, instructors of writing, and anyone interested in improving their writing and technological skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205274871
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
09/11/1998
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
chapter 1 Making Your Computer Part of Your Writing Process
1(42)
An Overview of Writing Processes
1(4)
Generating Ideas
5(9)
Collecting Initial Information
14(4)
Planning Documents
18(1)
Drafting Documents
19(6)
Organizing Documents
25(3)
Reviewing and Revising Documents
28(14)
Reviewing and Revising Your Own Documents
28(11)
Reviewing and Revising Documents Written by Others
39(2)
Reviewing and Revising Documents Collaboratively
41(1)
Looking Ahead
42(1)
chapter 2 Editing
43(26)
Editing Spelling
44(5)
Using Automatic Flagging Spelling Checkers
46(1)
Using Command Driven Spelling Checkers
47(2)
Editing for Grammar and Style
49(6)
Using Automatic Grammar and Style Checkers
51(2)
Using Command Driven Grammar and Style Checkers
53(1)
A Cautionary Note
53(2)
Editing for Consistency and Variety
55(3)
Cutting Clutter
58(10)
Looking Ahead
68(1)
chapter 3 Improving Format, Layout, and Document Design
69(24)
The Formatting Dilemma
69(4)
Elements of Design
73(17)
Page Size and Orientation
74(2)
Typography
76(4)
Margins, Columns, and Gutters
80(2)
Line Spacing, Alignment, Paragraphing, and Tabs
82(2)
Heads
84(1)
Numbered and Bulleted Lists
85(1)
Borders and Colors
85(2)
Tables and Figures
87(1)
Page Numbers
88(1)
Headers and Footers
89(1)
Tables of Contents, Indexes, and Glossaries
90(1)
Developing a Typographical Style Guide
90(2)
Looking Ahead
92(1)
chapter 4 Gathering Information Online
93(38)
Locating Online Information Sources
93(15)
Online Library Catalogs
94(3)
Databases
97(2)
Online Document Collections
99(1)
The World Wide Web
99(3)
Gopher
102(1)
Newsgroups
103(2)
Mailing Lists
105(1)
Chat Channels and MOOs
106(2)
Searching and Browsing Online Information
108(17)
Searching Documents and the Full Text of Database Records
109(1)
Searching Database Fields
110(2)
Searching with Wildcards
112(1)
Searching for Exact Phrases
113(2)
Using Boolean Terms in a Search
115(1)
Limiting Searches by Publication Information
116(1)
Searching Web Indexes
116(2)
Searching Web Directories
118(3)
Searching Combined Search Sites on the Web
121(1)
Anchored Browsing--Browsing the Web Systematically
122(1)
Searching GopherSpace
123(1)
Consulting Newsgroups and Mailing Lists
124(1)
Evaluating Online Information
125(5)
The Author of a Document
125(1)
The Publisher of a Document
126(1)
The Purpose of a Document
127(1)
The Source of Information in a Document
127(1)
The Accuracy and Completeness of Information in a Document
128(1)
The Timeliness of Information in a Document
128(2)
Looking Ahead
130(1)
chapter 5 Finding Writing Support Online
131(12)
Using Commercial Software
131(4)
Reference Programs
132(1)
Utility Programs
133(1)
Templates
134(1)
Tutorials
134(1)
Finding Support on the World Wide Web
135(4)
Dictionaries and Glossaries
135(1)
Thesauruses
136(1)
Encyclopedias
136(1)
Grammar Guides
136(1)
Style and Citation Guides
136(1)
Online Resources for Writing Processes and Genres
137(1)
Online Writing Centers and Labs
137(2)
Joining Online Writing Communities
139(3)
Mailing Lists and Newsgroups for Writers
140(1)
Web Sites for Writers
141(1)
Chat Channels and MOOs for Writers
141(1)
Looking Ahead
142(1)
chapter 6 Writing Faster with a Computer
143(29)
Composing on the Computer
143(22)
Using Commands and Tools to Save Time
144(9)
Working with Text
153(4)
Customizing Your Word Processing Program
157(6)
Using Online Help
163(2)
Reusing Documents
165(4)
Recycling Documents
165(1)
Recycling Sections of Documents
166(2)
Creating Boilerplate
168(1)
Looking Ahead
169(3)
chapter 7 Organizing Your Computer's Desktop
172(15)
The "Desktop" Metaphor
175(1)
What's on Your Desktop?
175(3)
Setting up a Desktop that Works for You
178(8)
Accessing Files and Folders
179(3)
Accessing Programs
182(1)
Choosing Files and Programs to Place on Your Desktop
183(2)
Your Computing Environment
185(1)
Looking Ahead
186(1)
chapter 8 Creating a Writing Environment
187(20)
Computer Dangers--Real or Imagined
187(7)
Repetitive Stress Injuries
188(4)
Fatigued Muscles
192(1)
Headaches and Eye Strain
193(1)
Arranging and Adjusting Your Writing Environment
194(6)
Obtaining an Adjustable Chair
195(1)
Obtaining an Adjustable Computer Desk
195(1)
Considering Ergonomic Keyboards
196(1)
Arranging Your Computer Desk and Office Desk
196(1)
Adjusting Your Chair and Computer Desk
197(1)
Adjusting Your Keyboard and Mouse
198(1)
Adjusting Your Monitor
199(1)
Adjusting Your Lighting
199(1)
Changing Your Work Habits
200(6)
Sitting Properly
200(1)
Looking beyond Your Monitor
200(1)
Taking Frequent Breaks
200(6)
Looking Ahead
206(1)
chapter 9 Keeping Your Computer Healthy
207(17)
Preventive Maintenance
207(3)
Controlling the Power
210(2)
Too Much Electricity
211(1)
Too Little Electricity
211(1)
Static Electricity
212(1)
Keeping a Clean Workplace
212(3)
Cleaning Your Desk and Computer
213(2)
Keeping Software Working
215(2)
Avoiding Viruses
215(2)
Dealing with Corrupted Software
217(1)
Uninstalling and Reinstalling Software
217(2)
Uninstalling Programs Using the Original Software
217(1)
Using Uninstallation Software
218(1)
Installing Software
218(1)
Protecting Your Document Files
219(4)
Taking Care of Deskettes
219(3)
Backing Up Your Documents
222(1)
Looking Ahead
223(1)
chapter 10 When Disasters Strike--Solving Computer Problems
224(14)
An Example--Steve's Computer Won't Print
224(2)
Troubleshooting Computer Problems
226(6)
Troubleshooting Supplies and Equipment
227(1)
A Six-Step Troubleshooting Strategy
228(4)
Common Hardware Problems
232(5)
The Computer Won't Turn On
232(1)
The Diskette Won't Go in the Disk Drive
233(1)
Can't Remove the Disk from the Disk Drive
233(1)
The Computer Won't Read or Open a File
234(1)
The Monitor Doesn't Work Properly
234(1)
The Printer Won't Print
235(1)
The Printer Prints Light Text or Streaks
235(1)
The Printer Groans when Printing
235(1)
The Paper Jams in the Printer
236(1)
The Mouse Is Jerky or Won't Work
236(1)
The Keyboard Is Having Problems
236(1)
Looking Ahead
237(1)
appendix A Glossary of Terms
238(7)
appendix B Word Processing Commands
245(3)
Basic Editing Commands
245(1)
Keystroke Commands
246(1)
File Functions on Windows Word Processors
247(1)
appendix C Writing with Older Computers
248(3)
appendix D Reference Works and Style Guides
251(3)
Style Manuals
251(1)
Grammar and Usage Guides
252(1)
Dictionaries
252(1)
Books on Writing and Information Gathering
253(1)
References 254(1)
Index 255

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