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…


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…


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…


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)