Proofing Tools in Office 2010

On Monday this week, Microsoft launched the Office 2010 Technical Preview.  Thousands of customers can now download this latest version of Office to try out the cool new features and provide feedback. Updates and Replacements The Technical Preview includes proofing tools for English as well as for French and Spanish. We are delighted to announce…

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An academic evaluation of the Office 2007 contextual spelling checker

 A few days ago, I discovered an analysis of our Office 2007 contextual speller carried out by Prof. Graeme Hirst, from the University of Toronto:  An Evaluation of the Contextual Spelling Checker of Microsoft Office Word 2007. We have discussed this new context-sensitive speller on several occasions on this blog (as well as here) and…

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English Grammar Checker, Fragments, and Settings

A French translator was asking an interesting question the other day on the Word community newsgroup. He wanted to know how he could switch off the grammar rule which flags “Fragments”, i.e. incomplete sentence fragments that the writer is invited to revise. The user did not want to turn off the English spell-checker, which he…

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