Update: People Still Smarter than Computers!

Jonathan & Margaret over on the Word blog have some nice words about the contextual spellchecker. They mention a well-known (but anonymous) poem, “Ode to My Spell Checker”–just the sort of thing the contextual spellchecker ought to handle, you might think?  Well, let’s take a look:   Whoops!  Only four errors caught?  And one of them isn’t…

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The Dutch spelling reform in Microsoft Office

 [Une version en français de ce blog est disponible ici: http://blogs.msdn.com/correcteurorthographiqueoffice/archive/2006/10/29/la-r-forme-de-l-orthographe-en-n-erlandais-dans-microsoft-office.aspx]   A few days ago, a Dutch-speaking school from Gent, in Belgium, asked us whether the Dutch spell-checker available in Microsoft Office 2003 takes into account the spelling reform promulgated in October 2005 by the Nederlandse Taalunie, the official linguistic body for the Dutch…

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Team tester finds Contextual Spelling success – in just plain old Office use!

I love CSS [Contextual Spelling]!  I basically use spellcheckers to correct typing mistakes (I’m a fast but careless typer), and until now I’ve been annoyed that I have to go back and retype stuff that was real words.  Now I have CSS to do that for me!  I just typed “It wounds like….” instead of…

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Errant entry “denitrified” in Word 97

Yes, our spellchecker was responsible for the errant “denitrified”. But not since Word 97.   http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003629.html   — James Lyle (Test Lead)  

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