1. What is the "Type and Learn"
LP Laser Publishing Group's "Type and Learn" is a series of
applications that let you express yourself in more than a
hundred languages and combines Typing, Learning and Speaking
modes within a single application. Whether you are a native
speaker of your own language or a learning a second language,
Type and Learn is a breeze to learn and simple to use . With
Type and Learn, you will be able to type letters, business
documents, school lessons, e-mail and more without having
to learn a new keyboard layout.
Type and Learn series contains two working modes: the Typing
mode and the Learning Mode. The Typing Mode is a word processor
that allows you several input methods. The Learning Mode is
a special tutorial tool that lets you learn to speak a language
Windows CE Version for Type and Learn Series is also available
at this time. With LP-Group's CE UniWriter you will be able
to communicate easily in more than 100 languages on the go!
2. New Features of Type and Learn Series
There are several new features of the Type and Learn Series:
- Familiar-looking menu bar and toolbar lets you type in
your language instantly.
- Uses Unicode Standard to support Unicode text format input.
With Unicode-encoded text you can easily communicate globally
in a single document without worrying about system platform
problems. For details, see The Unicode Standard.
- Using different input methods to type a world of different
languages quickly and easily. See Using Different Input
- Working with your favorite applications: you can easily
cut and paste text into MS Office 2000 and 97. See Working
with MS Office 97, MS Office 2000.
- Sizable Soft Keyboard gives you the options in typing
the language you selected. It works together with the physical
- The LPG's Character Map let you view Unicode-encoded True
Type Fonts and input the text. See The Unicode Font Viewer.
- Typing tutor lets you learn a language step-by-step while
typing. Once you learn or refresh a language you already
know how to type.
- Text-to-talk technology lets you learn to speak while
3. Working with Typing Mode
3.1 Using Different Input Methods
The following input method lets you type as many different
languages as you wish into one document. You must first select
the Language, Language Input, Font and Font Size from UniWriter's
menu and toolbar, then select the input method. Or you may
select the input method first, then select the language to
- To use Soft Keyboard:
- Choose Soft Keyboard from the Unicode menu. Note that
Soft Keyboard appears in the UniWriter text edit area.
The caption on the Soft Keyboard title bar indicates the
language of the keyboard layout.
- To change the Soft Keyboard layout, select Language
Input from the menu or Language from the Combo boxes on
the UniWriter toolbar.
- Soft Keyboard may be dragged to anywhere on the screen.
Soft Keyboard may also be resized by dragging the edges
of the Soft Keyboard.
- To use Physical Keyboard:
To use Character Map:
- Once you change Language Input or Language from the
menu or the toolbar, UniWriter automatically translates
the physical keyboard input into the new language layout.
- The new physical keyboard layout is consistent with
the new Soft Keyboard layout. You may use either keyboard
layouts to type.
- After exiting the Type and Learn application, the physical
keyboard returns to the original keyboard layout.
To use Unicode Value Input:
- Choose Character Map from the Unicode menu or click
the Character Map button on the toolbar.
- Choose the language from the Language Set Combo box
in Character Map and click the Go button.
- Select the font from the Font menu. Character Map will
display the character only with the fonts provided.
- Click the character to see the character's Unicode value.
- Double click the character to input it into the text
editor. Or select the character, then click the Insert
button to input it.
- Choose Unicode Input from the Unicode Menu.
- A form appears in the text edit area for Unicode value
- Type the Unicode value into the text box. UniWriter
will turn the Unicode value into a relative character,
click the character or click the Insert button to type
it into text editor.
3.2 Selecting Fonts
- When you select Language or Language Input, UniWriter
will automatically select the font(s) available for a specific
- To change the pre-selected font, the font name on the
Font combo box on the format bar.
- To select a font from the font dialog box, click All Fonts...
from the Font menu. The font dialog box appears and you
may select a font for a specific language.
3.3 Switching from Typing Mode to Learning
- Choose Type and Learn from the Learning menu
- Or, click the Type To Learn button on the toolbar.
3.4 Opening and Saving a File
- To Open a text file: Choose Open from file menu or click
on the open file button on the toolbar. From the File Open
dialog box select the correct file format to open the file.
Uniwriter will not open the file correctly if you choose
the wrong file format.
- To Save a new file: Choose Save As from file menu or click
Save As file button on the toolbar. From the Save As dialog
box select the proper file format to save the file.
4. Working with Learning Mode
4.1 Getting Started
- To drill, choose one of the "Type to Learn" levels from
the Learning Menu or by clicking on the level up-down button.
Choose one of the Drill groups, then click the Start button.
- When you click the Start button, the computer will randomly
generate a letter, phrase, or sentence in the second text
- Using the Soft Keyboard or the Physical Keyboard, type
in exactly the same text in the first text box as in the
second text box.
- You may turn the sound on or off by toggling the speaker
button on thetoolbar or by choosing the Sound On/Off command
from the Sound menu.
- You may hear the sound again by clicking the Sound button.
- To stop the drill, click the Stop button.
4.2 Learning how to type
- Study the new keyboard layout by clicking on every button
on the Soft keyboard.
- Click the Capital key button or Shift key button on the
Soft keyboard, then study the new keyboard layout.
- Do the drill step by step.
- To type a combination character, type thebase character
first, then the combining mark on the keyboard layout. You
may directly key in the combining character by using character
map or by inputting the Unicode value. See Using Character
Map or Unicode Value Input.
4.3 Learning a language through typing
- Study how to type. See Learning how to type.
- Try every drill from level one to level four, from group
one to group ten.
- Study the notes for each character or phrase while typing.
4.4 Learning to speak while typing
- Turn on the speaker button on the toolbar or choose Sound
On from the Sound menu.
- Click the Sound button, listen and repeat.
- Do the drill step by step.
4.5 Switching from Learning Mode to Typing
- Choose UniWriter mode from the Typing menu
2. Or click the Type to learn button on the toolbar 3. Or
click the Open button on the toolbar
5. Tips and Tricks
5.1 The Unicode Standard
According to The Unicode Consortium, the Unicode standard
"is the authoritative source of information on the Unicode
character encoding standard, an international character code
for information processing that includes all major scripts
of the world. As well as encoding characters used for written
communication in a simple and consistent manner, the Unicode
Standard defines character properties and algorithms for use
in implementations." For more information on the Unicode Standard,
visit The Unicode Consortium web site at www.Unicode.org
5.2 The Unicode Font Viewer
The Character Map can display characters for all the languages
and fonts that are available on your computer. You may use
Unicode Character Map as the Unicode Font viewer.
- Install Unicode fonts into your system's font folder.
- Start the Type and Learn application, then open Character
Map from the Unicode menu.
- Open the font dialog box from the Font menu by clicking
the All Fonts... command.
- Select the font you want to view.
- Click the scroll bar in Character Map to view the Unicode
is currently the only font company that can supply a font with
full Unicode 3.0 support.
5.3 Find More Unicode Fonts for Your
There are several good places to obtain Unicode font information:
Also look in Chapter 8 of The Windows 98 Bible published
by Peachpit Press, for more details about fonts and Unicode
font. This is one of the best sources you can find on the
If you want to know more about Chinese, Japanese, Korean
and Vietnamese Info. Processing, there is one the best book
"CJKV Information Processing" you must have. Author: Ken Lunde;
Publisher: O'reilly; ISBN: 1-56592-224-7.
5.4 Working with MS Office 97, MS Office
LP Group's UniWriter has adopted the Unicode Standard. It
supports true multi-language word processing. MS Windows NT,
MS Office 2000 and MS Office 97 (except Access 97) fully support
Unicode characters, providing multi-language support within
each font. You have several options to work with your favorite
- Easily cut and paste text into MS' Word, Excel, or Access
documents, and choose the Unicode font to display the text.
- To save or print "Unicode-Rich Text Format (Unicode-rtf)"
- Create or edit multi-language document by using UniWriter
and save as Unicode formatted text.
- Open the Unicode-formatted text by using MS Word or
Windows 98 WordPad, format the multi-language document,
then save the document in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Print
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