dictionaries may be included:
1. Our Own: "Fix Some
Spell Errors" under "Convert"
2. British/American Spelling: Under
"Convert." Two directions
3. Possible Microsoft Spelling and
Grammar if you have Microsoft Office on your computer. Begins with
f7 key and is also under "Edit"
The author will always be smarter than the
software, especially on grammar changes instead of spelling. The
author knows the intention of the written words, and also can look
forward and back to see the structure. Software makes assumptions on
fewer things it sees, and can be in error. Yes, I find grammar
checks a great help, but yes, there are times that they are wrong.
Best to ask and verify.
Suggest for Dictionary 1, "Fix
Some Spell Errors", Use Single Spacing
When I was young,
we were taught two spaces at the end of sentences and also after
semicolons. Now I understand the new thinking is one space. The
reason, I am told, is that in the early days for typesetters that
spaces were small, and so they had to use two of them to make a
decent sized blank space between sentences. Oddly, I was a typesetter as a part time high school
job. The metal spaces were different sizes. But some were in fact
quite small. But the real issue perhaps is that, if you are given a
choice, single spacing can lead to less chance of error by software
or by ourselves. Of course, for example, the software checks for Mr.
and Ms. and Mrs. and Dr. and etc. and more to try to ensure only a single space, but
what other case might there be? Also the software makes no decision
if a number or letter follows a period since it could be ".doc" or a
dot com, or a numerical fraction. There are so many possible errors
if a number or letter follows a period, that our software just
ignore it at all. Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I
love dictionary 1. Just be careful if you have an odd abbreviation
to look over the changes afterwards to ensure that all is well. And yes, as this paragraph suggest, I do suggest
using the new method of single spacing after sentences. It can lead
to fewer issues as well as being more modern.
Like the dictionary above,
this one also can be in error at times. The
possibility for its errors can be that sometimes words have more
than one meaning. And while this is just a dictionary and does not
look at sentence structure, I recommend that you do look at sentence
structure before making a
change. Also at times an author may be looking for an effect and
purposely may wish a different spelling. The software can give a
quick opinion, therefore, but it can be wrong. We suggest you allow
ask and verify to be certain that you agree. How were these words
sourced? Some online internet references gave opinions of common
spell errors between the two countries. We often just went with
their opinions and simply loaded the words. Over 1800 word pairs.
the f7 Microsoft Full Grammar Spell Checker - MAY HIDE
Again, this dictionary likely will only work if
you have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. This
dictionary, unlike the two above, is not inherent in our own
software, but is a borrow request from our software to your
computer. If it does work, this spell checker oddly often operates
in the back of your other open programs. You may have to minimize
some windows using the "-" in the upper right hand corner in order
to see the spell checker behind it all.
Yes or No on the Microsoft Spell Checker
If you have no
formatting, and are just typing text with no font type or size or
bold or italics or color changes or pictures, then choose the "No"
option. If you have font type changes or sizes or bold or italics or
color or pictures, use the "Yes option." If there is no formatting,
the "No" option works better since it is not put away but keeps
running. As such I have noted that it adjusts to learning your
previous choices and remembers things better. So "No" is the best if
you are only doing text and not formatted text.