Doug Ewell wrote:
> Peter T. Daniels <grammatim at worldnet dot att dot net> wrote:
> >> Most grammar checkers use fairly simple rule sets, designed to catch
> >> the most common errors.
> >
> > And what they mostly do is complain about things that are perfectly
> > fine.
> As I said. But once in a while, they call attention to a genuine brain
> lapse or thirty-times-edited sentence, and that can make up for all the
> false alarms. It's kind of like when a five-year-old reminds you where
> you left your keys, saving you from a 15-minute search.
> Later:
> >> Excuse me, is this sarcasm or not? I can see doing it. Virtual
> >> keyboards that have to be clicked are used for entry in textboxes
> >> in many webpages.
> >
> > Word for Windows all but forces you to do it for any accented letters
> > -- that, or memorize a bunch of arbitrary 3-digit codes.
> Go to Word Help

WinWord, of course.

> and search for "Insert an international character by
> using a shortcut key." You might be pleasantly surprised.

And if one routinely uses 15 or 20 of them?

I'm now editing and typesetting for a publisher who has just put a
Windows machine in my office. I thus have occasion to type all sorts of
accents in European and Semitic languages. Dealing with each one
individually that way would be a most unpleasant surprise.
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...