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This window compares text in the Text Sent and Typed text windows in a special way which is explained below. It also has some special features that are designed to integrate with NuMorse Drill sessions . NuMorse has a drill settings option to display the Compare text window whenever you make a typing error during code drilling. When the Compare window pops up and you have finished reading the display you have several options:

 

1) Click on Continue or press the space bar. The session continues with the Compare window open and monitoring your keypresses.

 

2) Click on Close (Or press 'C' on your keyboard). The Compare window closes and the drill session continues. The Compare window will pop up if another typing error occurs.

 

3) Click on Stop in the Main program window to end the drill session.

 

If the Autoclose option is checked then all you need to do is wait for a few seconds. The Compare window will close and the session will continue automatically. You can specify this Autoclose time.

 

 

Explanation of the compare text system.

 

Consider this piece of code:

 

THE NAME HERE IS JAN AND I AM IN TEXAS

 

Imagine that you copy this as follows:

 

NAME HERE IS JAN AND I AM IN TEXAS

 

How well did you do? If you allowed the computer to compare the text character by character it would do this:

 

THE NAME HERE IS JAN AND I AM IN TEXAS

NAME HERE IS JAN AND I AM IN TEXAS

 

It would examine each character in the top line and compare it with the character directly underneath it in the bottom line. As you see, no characters match and your score would be 0 even though you had only missed out three characters. Clearly a more intelligent scoring system is needed. This is how you actually want the text to be compared:

 

THE NAME HERE IS JAN AND I AM IN TEXAS

  NAME HERE IS JAN AND I AM IN TEXAS

 

This method correctly deducts three missed characters from your maximum possible score and it is the method used in the NuMorse compare text window to assess your code copy performance. The same idea is used if you mistype extra characters. NuMorse will detect this and will still line the text up correctly. With mixtures of missing, incorrect and extra typed characters NuMorse will align the characters to give you a best possible score when compared with sent text.. Here is how the above example appears in NuMorse. The Compare text feature correctly allocates a score of 34/38 for this text.

 

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This feature has two modes. It will compare all text sent in the current code session, or it can compare the last word sent with your typing. This is useful for feedback when in drill mode. One code drill option causes the Compare text window to pop up whenever you make typing errors while copying code so that you can easily spot your mistakes.