Contents of the READ.ME file
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A Critique Utility for
Grammar, Punctuation, and Style Checking.
PO Box 37, Orem Utah 84059
All Critique Utilities are:
Easy to use,
Specialized writing tools,
Helpful in creating clear, precise, effective writing.
IBM PC/XT/AT, Personal System/2, or true compatibles,
DOS 2.0 or later.
EXPRESS finds the following types of grammar and style problems:
A/An Agreement, And/But Sentence Starts, Indirect Quote
Problems, Doubled Apostrophes, Doubled Words, Gender
Reference Problems, If/Then Problems, Possessive
Pronoun Problems, Long Sentences, Multiple
Prepositions, Nearly Doubled Words, Missing Comma
Phrases, Nominalizations, Padding, Passive,
Prepositions At End of Sentence, Redundant Phrases,
Replace Phrases, Sentence Start Errors, Split
EXPRESS finds the following types of punctuation problems:
Abbreviations, Alphanumeric words, Context Dependent
Punctuation, Ellipses Errors, Ending Punctuation,
Initial Punctuation, Interchanged Punctuation, Internal
Punctuation, Isolated Punctuation, Mixed Punctuation,
Percent errors, Quoted Words, Unmatched Punctuation,
This documentation and these programs are proprietary products of
Timp Software. Copyright law protects them. Timp Software retains
title to and ownership of the programs and documentation.
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EXPRESS is an inexpensive writing aid. Use it to write short,
EXPRESS reads your file a sentence at a time. After it reads a
sentence it checks for a variety of grammar, style, and
punctuation problems. It FLASHES the sentences and suggestions on
the screen. Press any key to pause or terminate program
The program puts the suggestions, problems, and sentences into a
separate file called the marked-up copy. The program never
changes the original file.
After it reads your file (or the first 9000 characters of a long
file), the program gives a screen message telling you where to
find your marked-up copy and how to print it.
After you print your marked-up copy, use a sharp pencil and
begin re-writing. You'll find that some suggestions may require
you to reorganize your text and rewrite your sentences. After you
edit your original file, you can repeat the process.
EXPRESS version 2.01.S is hardwired; you cannot configure the
type of problems it reports.
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Compatible Word Processing Text Files:
EXPRESS reads ascii text files (0 to 127), Wordperfect 4.2 files,
and WordPerfect 5.0 files.
You can try EXPRESS on any word processor's text file. If the
output is not acceptable, then use your word processor to
transform your text file into an ascii file. Then run EXPRESS on
this ascii file.
EXPRESS has no commands. To use EXPRESS, type EXPRESS followed by
the pathname of your workfile. Let's consider three examples.
You have a two disk system. You keep your word processor on
a floppy diskette in the a: drive. You keep your text files on a
diskette in the b: drive.
Suppose that you want to check the file "letter.nov" on the
diskette in the b: drive. Leave your word processor. Change to
the a: drive by typing a: at the DOS prompt. Put the EXPRESS
diskette in the a: drive. Type EXPRESS b:letter.nov and press
the return key
You have a hard disk. You keep your word processor in the
directory \wp on the hard disk. You have copied the EXPRESS
diskette to the subdirectory with pathname \grammar on the hard
Suppose that you want to check the file "chap1.ref" which
you keep on the hard disk in the directory with pathname
\wp\english. Leave your word processor. Change to the
subdirectory \grammar by typing cd \grammar at the DOS prompt
Now type EXPRESS \wp\english\chap1.ref and press the return
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You have two hard disks. You keep your word processor in the
directory with the pathname c:\wp. You have copied the EXPRESS
diskette to the subdirectory with pathname d:\timp\grammar.
Suppose that the file that you want to check is on a floppy
diskette in the a: drive and has the name "involved.yes." Leave
your word processor. Change to the d: disk by typing d: and
pressing the return key.
Now change to the \timp\grammar directory by typing cd
\timp\grammar and pressing the return key.
Now type EXPRESS a:involved.yes and press the return key.
EXPRESS puts the problems it finds in the file 'jr.1' and puts
that file in the directory that contains your workfile. EXPRESS
never changes the original file.
The following files must be present in the same directory:
Read.me provides the Shareware documentation for EXPRESS. It is
an ASCII file and can be read by all major word processors. You
may send Read.me to the screen by using the DOS command Type. You
may send Read.me to the printer by using the DOS command Print.
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You may copy EXPRESS version 2.01.S and distribute it to whomever
you desire, provided
(1) you do include the file Read.me in unaltered form;
(2) you do not charge a fee;
(3) you do not distribute it with another product or service
(whether "free" or not);
(4) you do not distribute this outside the United States or
(3) you do not alter the program.
You may not rent, lease, assign, sell or otherwise profit from
distribution of this program.
You may not decompile, disassemble, or otherwise reverse engineer
the program. You may not modify the program or this documentation
without the prior written consent of Timp Software.
IN NO EVENT WILL TIMP SOFTWARE BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES,
INCLUDING ANY LOST PROFITS, LOST SAVINGS, OR OTHER INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM YOUR USE OR INABILITY TO USE
THE PROGRAM EVEN IF TIMP SOFTWARE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY OTHER PARTY.
version 2.00.S Released October 7, 1988.
version 2.01.SReleased March 9, 1989; Increased speed; Short and
Long Prompts; extensive changes in format of output.
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EXPRESS version 2.01.S is distributed as Shareware.
Shareware distributes commercial software in an unconventional
manner. Microcomputers copy information easily. Instead of using
copy protection to frustrate distribution, Shareware takes
advantage of the simplicity of copying to reach as many users as
possible. You may copy this Shareware program and distribute it
to whomever you desire, provided you follow the terms of the
Shareware isn't free. Serious Shareware is as polished as any
conventional commercial product, and represents as much
programming effort. If you use Shareware regularly, then
compensate the authors!
However, unlike conventional distribution, Shareware lets you
evaluate the product before you decide to purchase it. We have
purposely set a low registration fee. We want students, schools,
secretaries, managers, and writers to use it. We want to help
people write better.
But it can only work with your support. If you are still using a
Shareware product after a couple of weeks, then you should become
a registered user.
You may become a registered EXPRESS version 2.01.S user for $9.99
by sending your name, address and comments to:
Timp Software, Box 37, Orem Utah 84059.
When you register we will send you a manual, the latest
non-Shareware version of EXPRESS (which runs much faster than the
shareware version), and information on additional computerized
writing aids. The manual gives additional details on grammar,
punctuation, style and explains relevant grammar terms. We will
notify each registered user about the next update. We offer a
more expensive version of EXPRESS without the 9000 character
limit. We also offer a version that lets you change the grammar
settings. We send a detailed brochure of these other programs to
all registered users.