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Write it Right, Write it Better!

Ever wondered if you could use a more vivid word than "cut" to describe the wound you got while chopping those vegetables? Or another set of words which described your state of extreme happiness more vividly like "exult", "walking on air" etc.?
Ever thought what is it that makes a piece of text more enjoyable than another one? Or if you could write as well as your favorite fiction writer? Well, one of the keys to impressive writing is a good vocabulary consisting of vivid words, words that convey the way an action is performed or show the effect of an action than plainly telling them. These words are not to be confused with fancy and heavy words as they tend to overload the reader than excite him. Apart from these, at times I have also felt the need of checking the correctness of usage of a particular word or the correct preposition that it takes.

So in case you have had any or all of the above difficulties while writing, here is a solution developed as a WordNet® ** plugin for OpenOffice.org Writer.

Write it Right and Write it Better-WiRWiB accesses the WordNet® and prompts writers with synonyms and correct usage examples of the typed word. These prompts are non-intrusive and the "always-on-top" WiRWiB window quietly refreshes its contents as you type. You can enable/disable the add-on by a toggle button available on the toolbar.

You can download WiRWiB from here.
Please send us your feedback at sawani[at]cdacbangalore[dot]in

** WordNet® is a large lexical database of English, developed under the direction of George A. Miller of the Cognitive Science Laboratory at Princeton University.

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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 24th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Nice. I've been using Word's Shift F7 :)
Feb. 25th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah Word provides a good thesaurus service and so does OpenOffice.org. The issue is however of the author realizing that she can find a better option for a typed word. While the existing thesaurus services have to be explicitly invoked, WiRWiB works more like the silent spellchecker who keeps informing you about wrong spellings in an unsolicited yet non-intrusive way.
Plus, WiRWiB shows usage examples, sense descriptions and comes in Hindi as well. It can be extended to any language which has a similar lexical database.

Hope you enjoy using WiRWiB. Feedback welcome!
Feb. 25th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
this is very interesting. how contextually relevant do you find the suggestions or are they context unaware suggestions? just curious.
Feb. 25th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for your interest.
The suggestions provided are based on user's Locale setting (i.e., the language user is using) and the typed word.
WiRWiB picks up synonyms, sense descriptions and usage examples from WordNet, for the typed word and displays to the user.
Mar. 1st, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
I think the comment is whether you take the context of the word into account when finding synonyms - for example, to identify the correct synset from Wordnet and then show its member words.
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