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Re: Spellchecking of manuals

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_googlemail.com>
Date: 2007-07-05 14:09:16 CEST

On 05/07/07, Lübbe Onken <l.onken@rac.de> wrote:
> Hi Simon,
> You wrote:
> > Hmmm. That's quite a long list, and some of them are not obvious
> > without context.
> Just to give you a longer list, the complete output including file
> references and duplicates is appended. The German spellchecker output is
> three times as long as the english, if that gives you some comfort ;)

Much better, thanks ;)

> > Other ones: CD's and DVD's are difficult. For a start there is misuse
> > of the apostrophe - I would write these as CDs and DVDs.
> Me too. There's also "TortoiseSVN's"

Well that's correct, unless it means multiple tortoises. The
apostrophe is used for the possessive form (Simon's keyboard,
TortoiseSVN's friendly UI) and where letters are missed out (don't,
can't), but not for plurals (keyboards).

One of the commonest confusions is "its" which is a possessive in its
own right (like his and hers). But if you want to abbreviate "it is"
then you do have the apostrophe (it's raining).

Some people have suggested the apostrophe should be discarded for English 2.0

> > Worse than
> > that, they are the plural form of an acronym. When translated, the
> > acronym probably stays the same, but the pluralisation may be treated
> > differently. I guess these have to be standard translatable words that
> > maybe don't exist in the dictionary.
> So they have to go into the english term base as well.
> I'd like to get the term base into a state where it helps me to find typos
> or inconsistent spelling. Until now the output (700 "errors") is just too
> long to be helpful.

OK, I will have a look at it too.


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