CATO: Contextual Aspects of Text Organization

Much effort has been invested in automatic correction of writing mistakes, but less in investigating the work flow of the writing process. CATO aims at investigating the work flow of writers in three different groups: ordinary writers with no known readi ng or writing disabilities, known dyslectics, and second language users.

We need information about the writing process, for use in automatic correction. We suggest that automatic monitoring of the writing habits of users will prove very useful. This will first be done in a controlled experimental setting. We will investigate factors that can be used to adapt a correction mechanism to the users' writing habits, and investigate the conditions for non-intrusiveness of a given tool.

Our explicit aim is to f ind factors that aid, support and stimulate text production in disadvantaged groups. It is also important that we know more about normal text production. The ultimate aim is to provide information through careful investigation so that word processors can adapt to the needs of the users. We think that users, especially in the disadvantaged groups, will benefit from both positive and negative feedback. The main question in this project is when to present feedback in an optimal way so that the writing proces s is not disturbed.