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Posted by Linda   Sweden  (164 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Tue 28 May 2002 11:58 AM (UTC)  quote  ]
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I know this is a third-party product, but maybe you can check if they have an update to their BE dictionary? Turns out that it has a few mistakes in it here and there (compared to the AE dictionary as well as other BE spellcheckers).
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Posted by Linda   Sweden  (164 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #1 on Tue 28 May 2002 03:23 PM (UTC)  quote  ]
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Or maybe not.

The words in question happened to be at the beginning of a sentence, thus starting with a capital letter ... and I had it set to skipping words with capital letters to pass over names and such.

Pity it can't recognize when a capitalised word is at the beginning of a sentence.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (19,607 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #2 on Tue 28 May 2002 09:46 PM (UTC)  quote  ]
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Probably can't be done automatically. For example:


Ther is a lot of rain today.


should be:


There is a lot of rain today.


However:


Thor saw a lot of rain today.


(where Thor is a person's name). I don't see how it can tell the difference between one and the other. Also, a person's name is quite likely to start a sentence, any sentence like:

<person> is at <location>
<person> is doing <something>
<person> - how are you today?
<person> needs help.

and so on.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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Posted by Linda   Sweden  (164 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #3 on Tue 28 May 2002 11:08 PM (UTC)  quote  ]
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True, but what about an option to pass over only capitalized words that aren't at a start of a sentence?

That, at least, means almost all misspelled words will be caught, and it wont object to all names, only those at the beginning of a sentence.

It certainly wouldn't be perfect, but it'd be an improvement, I think.
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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (19,607 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #4 on Wed 29 May 2002 01:24 AM (UTC)  quote  ]
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I see what you mean. I am making enquiries to see if I am entitled to an upgrade on the spell check engine, which may or may not solve that problem.

- Nick Gammon

www.gammon.com.au, www.mushclient.com
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