Almost every time I give a demonstration of Clicker 6
, the part where I show my audience how the word predictor
is aware of the vocabulary in the Clicker Set generates lots of excitement, so I thought it would be a useful feature to share here!
As word prediction tools have evolved over the years, many have allowed direct input of new vocabulary. In principle this is a great idea, but there are two potential disadvantages to this approach: the corpus (which is the body of words that makes up the predictor’s database) can become ‘bloated’ with words and phrases that are rarely needed in the future, and there is also the potential to allow entry of misspelled vocabulary.
With Clicker 6, the predictor is sensitive (by default) to the words being used in the currently open Clicker Set. Let’s say you had created a word bank on the life of George Washington – any words that are already in the predictor corpus are re-prioritized, and any new words are temporarily added.
This means that writers can type the first few letters of a word that they know is in the word bank, and have it appear directly into the predictor, thus saving time and retaining their train of thought.
Next time you create a Clicker Set of your own, try it out for yourself!
Word prediction is also available in WriteOnline
, Clicker Docs
, Clicker Books
, and the WriteOnline App
– and with the same adaptable, topic-specific functionality.