Continuations

Instant Text suggests continuations...

Continuations come as the ultimate final bonus when typing documents that use standard clauses, as is often the case in medical and legal documents.

The key idea in continuations... is that once you've typed the beginning of a phrase, Instant Text will often be able to suggest its natural continuations.

In the example that follows, we are using a medical glossary called Medstart. So after typing tppw to get the patient tolerated the procedure well, we'll see the Phrase Advisory displaying continuation after continuation. Just after typing tppw, the Phrase Advisory appears as follows:

Let us expand the highlighted phrase by typing the marker ; and a new list of phrases will appear in the Phrase Advisory:

Essentially, the advisory now displays the most likely continuations for the previous phrase, as they are found in the Medstart glossary. As you can see, there are several variations that correspond to what is usually said.

As before, we expand the first phrase by typing a ; marker and the advisory now displays new continuations:

Again, the advisory displays the most likely continuations of what precedes. In doing so, Instant Text lists continuations for the widest possible context first because they are the ones most likely to apply.

Here, the first three are continuations for the wider context:

...tolerated the procedure well and was brought

whereas the last two are continuations for the narrower context:

...and was brought

The last two do reflect phrases such as was brought in by ambulance and was brought to the emergency room but in the context of procedure well and was brought, the first three continuations are more likely and it is therefore a good thing that they are listed first.

Then, after expanding to the recovery on the first row, another list of possible phrases is displayed in the advisory:

Here, we could go directly to the second row but as we've been successful with choosing the first one, we may as well expand it and see what happens. This produces the final choice:

To summarize, we typed:

tppw;;;;;.

and obtained the expansion:

The patient tolerated the procedure well and was brought to the recovery room in good condition.

This did not require remembering any abbreviation as the choices were made step by step. At each step we were presented with a set of likely continuations allowing us to make a very fast choice.

Note that this represents a reduction in the number of keystrokes by more than a factor of 10: We typed 9 characters and obtained the resulting 99 characters! Continuations make this kind of keystroke-to-output ratio possible because they use the information gathered by Instant Text when compiling a set of documents.

Some of you may find a legal example more convincing. So here is one.