If it comes to data input, the Pocket PC has a handy internal dictionary for the word completion function. This is useful since it lets you select from predefined words instead of entering the whole word with the soft keyboard and it works by creating a list of words while writing text and so helps the user writing faster. The Pocket PC learns new words as you write them but you have no influence how or when.
With the Word Completion Dictionary Editor you can now edit or create the word completion list and even add your own new words. Technically, the Pocket PC stores the list of words in two files: dyncompdict.dat and dyncompdict.tmp. But even the developer of Word Completion Dictionary Editor can't explain why there are two files and what they are good for. Nevertheless, it works (at least with the main list).
After installing the Word Completion Dictionary Editor just run it and open or create a database. As mentioned before, only the main database worked on my Pocket PC 2003 SE device. In addition to adding new words to the dictionary, you also can define a weight parameter for each word. Generally the Pocket PC adjusts this parameter itself upon the usage of the word. The higher the weight, the higher the position in the completion list.
After you have edited your dictionary, save the file (recommended as main) and perform a soft reset.
The newly added words now appear in the word completion list while entering text.
Just a few installation tips for the program:
- You can run the program from a storage card. The only thing you need is the .EXE file. The program just edits the two files and you only need it if you want to edit the word completion list.
- Word Completion Dictionary Editor is installed via .CAB file. Just unzip the downloaded file, copy it to the Pocket PC and run it. Of course you can use a program like CabInstl to install in on a storage card.
- If you even want to save the space for the de-installation information, you only have to extract the file DICTIO~3.001 and rename it (e.g. DictonaryEditor.exe), copy it to your Pocket PC and you are done.
The Word Completion Dictionary Editor is only about 43.5 KB small and, best of all, it's freeware.