John at wexfordpress.com
Wed Apr 4 16:07:36 UTC 2012
On Tue, 3 Apr 2012 10:56:28 -0700
Cat <catsoul at thinkplan.org> wrote:
> I don't mean to oversimplify what it takes to implement a spell
> checker ( I am not a programmer) but don't programs that do have a
> spell checker make calls to the dictionary installed on the computer?
> and Is that what Scribus needs to have? A sub-program that compares
> document words to the computer's dictionary?
Aspell is a variant of ispell. I use ispell from the command line
It stops at each word not found in the dictionary and offers
several choices, each activated by a single keystroke:
[SP] <number> R)epl A)ccept I)nsert L)ookup U)ncap Q)uit e(X)it or ? for help
Here are the results of the ? choice:
Whenever a word is found that is not in the dictionary,
it is printed on the first line of the screen. If the dictionary
contains any similar words, they are listed with a number
next to each one. You have the option of replacing the word
completely, or choosing one of the suggested words.
R Replace the misspelled word completely.
Space Accept the word this time only.
A Accept the word for the rest of this session.
I Accept the word, and put it in your private dictionary.
U Accept and add lowercase version to private dictionary.
0-n Replace with one of the suggested words.
L Look up words in system dictionary.
X Write the rest of this file, ignoring misspellings,
and start next file.
Q Quit immediately. Asks for confirmation.
Leaves file unchanged.
! Shell escape.
^L Redraw screen.
^Z Suspend program.
? Show this help screen.
Note that these are all single character commands. You can really
gallop through a long document. And your fingers need not leave
the keyboard, a feature I appreciate. So I defer spell-checking
to the end of the process whenever possible. That way I save time
and don't interrupt keying the text of the document.
For shorter documents (less than 700 words) I use the Gvim
built-in spell checker which merely highlights the perceived
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