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A facility that enables users to compose documents using a computer with facilities to edit, re-format, store, and print documents with maximum flexibility. A typical word-processing system consists of a personal computer running a word-processing program, and an associated printer, such as an inkjet printer, capable of producing high-quality output of many different text fonts as well as diagrams and pictures.

The systems available today fall into three main categories: stand-alone systems supporting one operator; networked systems enabling several operators to share printers and files; hybrid systems attached to a central mainframe or minicomputer and able to perform additional functions. The following features are generally provided. β Document creation and editing, including the ability to insert, delete, copy, and move text around in a document; include text and/or graphics from other files; search for and replace strings in the document. Checking of spelling according to general and specialist dictionary files. Document formatting and printing using a choice of paper sizes and formats with multiple copies as required. Text justification to specified margins with automatic hyphenation. Ability to create a document from a standard template, e.g. one containing a company letter heading. Use of alternative character sets such as bold, italic, underlined. Layout of tables, figures, etc. Substitution of variable information when printing the document, for easy production of form letters, etc.

insert, delete, copy, and move text around in a document;

include text and/or graphics from other files;

search for and replace strings in the document.

Checking of spelling according to general and specialist dictionary files.

Document formatting and printing using a choice of paper sizes and formats with multiple copies as required.

Text justification to specified margins with automatic hyphenation.

Ability to create a document from a standard template, e.g. one containing a company letter heading.

Use of alternative character sets such as bold, italic, underlined.

Layout of tables, figures, etc.

Substitution of variable information when printing the document, for easy production of form letters, etc.

Subjects: Computing — Bibliography.


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