MS Word and It's Characteristics

MS Word :-

A word processor (more formally known as document preparation system) is a computer application used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort of printable material.

Word processors are descended from early text formatting tools (sometimes called text justification tools, from their only real capability). Word processing was one of the earliest applications for the personal computer in office productivity,

Although early word processors used tag-based markup for document formatting, most modern word processor take advantage of a graphical user interface. Most are powerful systems consisting of one or more programs that can produce any arbitrary combination of images, graphics and text, the latter handled with type-setting capability.

Characteristics :-

Word processing typically refers to text manipulation functions such as automatic generation of :
  • batch mailings using a form letter template and an address database (also called mail merging);
  • indices of keywords and their page numbers;
  • tables of contents with section titles and their page numbers;
  • tables of figures with caption titles and their page numbers;
  • cross-referencing with section or page numbers;
  • footnote numbering;
Other word processing functions include "spell checking" (actually checks against word lists ) "grammar checking" (checks for what seem to be simple grammar errors). In most languages grammar is very complex, so grammar checkers tend to be unreliable and also require a large amount of RAM. Other common features include collaborative editing, comments and annotations, support for images and diagrams and internal cross-referencing.

Almost all word processors enable users to employ styles, which are use to automate consistent formatting of text body, titles, subtitles, highlighted text and so on.

Styles are the key to managing the formatting of large documents, since changing a style automatically changes all text that the style has been applied to. Even in shorter documents styles can save a lot of time while formatting.

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