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About the Creator of the SymbolChooser Word Processor - John Mellema
SymbolChooser was written to be the implementation of an idea of mine for encoding and ordering language symbols based on the shape of each symbol rather than a humanly defined numeric value for each symbol. This idea was patented on November 6, 2007 in United States Patent #7,292,248 - "TECHNIQUE FOR STORING AND DISPLAYING COMPUTER TEXT". More can be read about my patent by searching for "7292248" at this site: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/search/
It is my interest in the mathematics of combinations and orderings that led me to begin considering possible ways to encode the shapes of language symbols. One thing that I like about encoding symbols based on their shape is that all symbol shapes can be inserted into a document equally easily. This is in contrast to text based documents where some other group of people has determined what symbols will be standard for all users.
I have always had an interest in math and computer programs. In 2003 I began learning to program in the Java programming language and since then I have gained a lot of experience in Java through a combination of college courses, reading books on my own, and experimenting with my own programs. I have written a few programs for other people and many more for my own use. SymbolChooser is my first large scale commercial application. In studying other software applications I have developed a dislike for bloated and overly complicated software. I hope that SymbolChooser users will find my program to be concise and user friendly.
When I am not working at a computer my hobbies include sports, especially hockey and soccer, and spending time with my dogs. I am located in Western Michigan and can be reached by email at email@example.com.