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Help Sheets

These Help Sheets have been fully upgraded for version 2.6

The WWS2000Training Pack is available as comprehensive set of resources for schools and centres to delivering staff training in using Writing with Symbols 2000.

The Help Sheets from the pack are also available here as PDF files for individual use.

Most people will find these downloadable resources quite adequate for their own purposes. The full Training Pack is designed for schools and centres delivering training, and provide the files conveniently together, along with several other resources and guides.

The Help Sheets cover a range of topics that have been asked during Widgit training events and deal with specific aspects of the program or using Windows.

Download instructions

To download one of the Help Sheets, click on the link with the right mouse button and select 'save link/target as' . Then a dialogue box will appear for you to choose where you want to download it to.
Or hold down Shift and left click to download.

Notes about these downloads: These helpsheets are available for download as PDF files. In order to read these files you will need to download, for free, Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to open the Adobe Acrobat download page in a new window.

Help Sheets

1) Modes and resolutions explained

2) Moving and resizing windows

3) Navigating folders

4) Wordlists explained

5) Making a copy of a file

6) Planning grids

7) Understanding the Writing with Symbols 2000 directories

8) Making and using templates

9) Using the spellchecker

10) Using photographs and scanned images

11) Adding sound to a graphic

12) Using the speech features

13) Customising colours

14) Settings and styles

15) Making communication aid overlays and communication books

16) Creating Metafiles in CorelDraw

17) Keyboard and mouse editing commands

18) Macros: adding commands to a cell and building macros

19. Understanding Cell Formatting commands

20) Using symbols with Concept Plus

21) Moving files from one machine to another

22) Effective symbol use

23) Saving pages of HTML

24) Using pictures from the web

25) The nature of images

26. Making wordlists with your own pictures



1. Modes and resolutions explained 90k
-What to do if your WWS2000 environment does not appear correctly sized on your screen
-An explanation of the different screen resolutions
-How to change the screen resolution
Click here to download this file (HS01.pdf)

2. Moving and re-sizing windows 146k
WWS2000 can work with a number of windows and documents open at the same time, for example in an environment. This sheet explains:
- The difference between an application and a window
- Closing, minimising and maximising windows
- How to move different document windows in your WWS2000 application window
- Resizing a window
- Setting the active window
Click here to download this file (HS02.pdf)

3. Navigating folders 250k
When you save your work you will need to be clear about where on your computer you are saving this information, so that you can easily find it again. It describes:
- The main folders used in WWS2000
- Wordlists, Writing and Environments
- Navigation in the file viewer when opening or saving a file for example, to change the wordlist that you are using
- Searching for a File
Click here to download this file (HS03.pdf)

4. Wordlists explained 50k
The wordlists control which images appear when you type a word in WWS2000. It is important to understand what a wordlist does and how to change the wordlist you are using. This explains:
- What wordlists are
- How to see which wordlist you are using
- How to change wordlists
- A description of the wordlists available
- A description of the kinds of modifications you can make to wordlists using the Resource Manager
Click here to download this file (HS04.pdf)

5. Making a copy of a file 97k
There are times when you want to make a copy of a file so that you can practice or make alterations without changing the original. This explains:
- How you can copy a file quickly while you are working in Writing with Symbols 2000, so that you can practice changing files, such as wordlists, without the danger of messing up the original.
Click here to download this file (HS05.pdf)

6. Planning Grids 84k
When making anything within the program WWS2000 it is a good idea to spend a short time planning what it is you want to make. It describes features such as:
- Print margins
- Setting the way your paper is arranged, landscape or portrait
- Using Print Preview to check how the grid will appear
- There is an exercise which explains how to make a grid with various features, along with some tips.
Click here to download this file (HS06.pdf)

7. Understanding the Writing With Symbols 2000 Directories 82k
It is necessary to understand the directories used in WWS2000 so that you know where to save and load different files. It is especially important if you intend to move or copy resources, files or environments from one machine to another. This described all of the main WWS2000 directories, where to find different resources and when saving your own work, what should be saved where.
Click here to download this file (HS07.pdf)

8. Making and using templates 52k
There are times when it is useful to have a ready-made 'blank' grid or document which can be used over and over again without having to remake the basic layout. This describes how to save blank documents as templates. It also lists the templates provided, including those for the major communication aids.
Click here to download this file (HS08.pdf)

9. Using the spellchecker 190k
There are many features of the spell checker in WWS2000 that makes it a very useful literacy aid. This explains many of the features including the link between the wordlists and the spell checker. It tells you how to add to the list of recognised 'mis-spellings' and corrections, to allow for particular errors for which alternatives are not normally offered.
Click here to download this file (HS09.pdf)

10. Using photographs and scanned images 121k
This explains the procedure for getting a picture from your camera or scanner to use in WWS2000. It describes
- The common file formats, and which ones can be used in WWS2000. (Note - version 1.6 can handle the most common formats).
- How to create the most suitable images for using in documents.
- How to add the words and pictures to your WWS2000 system to use again
Click here to download this file (HS10.pdf)

11. Adding sound to a graphic 151k
Hearing recorded sounds, either spoken words or sound effects, can bring a document to life, and make it more enjoyable to some users. Any sound file with the file extension .wav can be added to a graphic and then that sound played in much the same way as words can be spoken. This help sheet explains:
- How to add a sound to a graphic from within WWS2000
- How to add the new entry to the wordlist
- How to her the sounds in WWS2000
- Using sounds in a send grid
Click here to download this file (HS11.pdf)

12. Using Speech 147k
This describes how to use the speech features in WWS2000, including:
- Choosing automatic speech feedback
- Hearing words on demand from a send grid before selecting them
- Setting the automatic highlighter to follow the spoken text
- Using different voices
- Modifying the standard voices supplied
- Changing the pronunciation of incorrectly spoken words
Click here to download this file (HS12.pdf)

13. Customising colours 24k
Background colours may be set to for visual or perceptual preference, or they may be used to indicate functions in a grid. Apart from making a grid look interesting, background colours can help users navigate through grids and understand that some cells have different purposes. The system colours which are normally provided in the Window's dialogue box look fine on screen, but often print out as very strong colours. This worksheet explains how to customise colours to suit your own preference.
Click here to download this file (HS13.pdf)

14. Settings and styles 62k
You can very easily change the default setting for WWS2000, but you may want to save a number of styles for graphics and text which you can apply to sections of a document as will. This explains how to save and use them.
Click here to download this file (HS14.pdf)

15. Making Communication Aid Overlays and Communication Books 68k
This describes how to make overlay grids for communication aids. How to create overlays for new devices and how to design and make grids for communication books.
Click here to download this file (HS15.pdf)

16. Drawing and modifying symbols in Corel Draw 69k
Symbols may be edited or drawn in a vector drawing package. This describes how to use Corel Draw to make symbols, including the most suitable settings.
Click here to download this file (HS16.pdf)

17. Keyboard and Mouse editing commands 17k
There are many editing functions in WWS2000. Some can be done from the menus but others require Mouse and/or keyboard controls. This help sheet gives you a list of all of the main commands and the keyboard equivalent or shortcut. This information is particularly important for MAC users who do not have the option to use the right mouse button.
Click here to download this file (HS17.pdf)

18. Macros Adding commands to a cell and building macros 290k
A description of all of the commands and macros in WWS2000 3 exercises to help you construct useful macros in cells.
Click here to download this file (HS18.pdf)

19. Understanding cell formatting commands 132k
There are different ways that the document can handle pictures and text sent from a grid cell. This Helpsheet explains these.
Click here to download this file HS19.pdf

20. Using symbols with Concept Plus 124k
This sheet explains how to make the overlays and files needed to use WWS2000 with an Overlay Keyboard if you are using the overlay editor Concept Plus, or Concept Multimedia.
Click here to download this file HS20.pdf

21. Moving files from one machine to another 102k
You may want to move or copy files between machines. This explains what you need to copy and where to put it so that the files will run on a different machine.
Click here to download this file HS21.pdf

22. Effective symbol use 220k
This helpsheet gives some very practical advice on making sure that the symbol documents you create are really understandable by symbol readers.
Click here to download this file HS22.pdf

23. Saving pages of HTML 139k
Version 2.6 of WWS2000 allows you to save symbol documents as pages of HTML. This sheet explains this and tells you how you can use these to view symbol documents on a machine that does not have WWS2000 and also how to add them to your own web site.
Click here to download this file HS23.pdf

24. Using pictures from the web 528k
The web is a great source of pictures and clip art. This worksheet explains how to get a picture from a web site and add it into a Writing with Symbols document or grid.
Click here to download this file HS24.pdf

25. The nature of images 368k
There is a lot of confusion about the difference between a symbol, a picture and an illustration and when each type of image is appropriate. This helpsheet aims to explain the essential differences between the types of images and between different levels of symbol complexity.
Click here to download this file HS25.pdf

26. Making wordlists with your own pictures 141k
In order to use images in a wordlist, they need to be put into a folder within the known Widgit areas. We have provided two areas that you can use. This helpsheet tells you how to copy your images into a folder of your choice within one of these areas, and then how to link these pictures into a wordlist.
Click here to download this file HS26.pdf



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