IRS textWriter is designed to format short amounts of text to help emerging readers - whether or not to blend letters together etc.
If we look at this sentence we can see that textWriter has highlighted several letters and groups of letters:
Th, ch, ck, ng
These groups of letters have been highlighted blue and underlined to help the reader learn that these letters make one sound. These groups are digraphs, a group of consonant letters standing for a single sound, when you say 'ch' (as in church) you do not pronounce the 'c' and the 'h' but they make one sound.
The vowels are highlighted in red.
This group of letters are highlighted blue to help the reader learn that these letters should be blended together to make the sound. These groups are Clusters made of two or more consonant sounds, the sound they make are a blend of the two consonants. When you say 'sw' (as in swimming) you can hear both the 's' and the 'w' in the sound.
This will open a TXT file on your computer. Please be aware that IRS textWriter is designed to work on small amounts of text; opening a large textfile will probably stop the program. Bad news.
This will save a TXT file on your computer.
This will copy the contents of the window to the system clipboard as a picture. Use this when you want to copy and paste to another application.
This will save the contents of the window as a PNG file on your computer.
Brings you here. Suprise!
Open = ctrl/command + o
Save = ctrl/command + s
Copy = ctrl/command + c
PNG = ctrl/command + e
Help = ctrl/command + ?
shift and - = a green glow to help make cloze procedures.
IRS textWriter will highlight letters and groups of letters using the following format as you type:
Consonant clusters, sometimes known as consonant blends are groups of two or three consonants that blend together to form a distinctive sound. The sound they make is a blend of the letters they contain.
spl , spr , sp , str , st , scr , sc , sm , sn , sl , sw , tw , cr , gr , fr , thr , bl , cl , gl , fl , pr , br , tr , dr , pl , squ , shr , sk , nd , nt , mp , rd , ld , lp , rk , lt , lf , pt , ft , ct
Clusters are made of two or more consonant sounds.
Vowels, unlike consonants, can have more than one sound attached to it.
a, e, i, o, u
These vowel combinations are also included;
Consonant digraphs groups of two or three letters that come together to make one sound - they are not blended.
chr , dge , tch , sh , ch , th , wh , ph , kn , wr , gh , ng , nk , ck , ff , ll , ss , zz , mb , Qu , qu , gn , Gn
A digraph is a group of consonant letters standing for a single sound.
Written by Ian Reed http://www.irsoftware.co.uk
IRS textwriter uses RichTextFX by Tomas Mikula https://github.com/TomasMikula/RichTextFX