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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Suggested improvements to Microsoft Word’s spell-checker

    A few days ago, James wrote about the articles the Seattle Times published about our Natural Language Group and the Office spell-checkers . One of these articles was encouraging the Seattle Times readers to suggest improvements ( What words would you add to the Microsoft spell-checker? ). It is very...
  • Blog Post: Lets Play Two?

    For opening day this year, my beloved Chicago Cubs unveiled a statue of the immortal Ernie Banks . On its pedestal was engraved the catchphrase that made famous his enthusiasm for the game of baseball: “Let’s Play Two”. Except that the sculptor forgot one little detail, as reported by the Chicago Tribune...
  • Blog Post: Contextual spelling: US English only?

    Laurie asked us via the Email/Contact link: I was always under the impression that the Contextual Spell Checker only works if your language is set to English (US) rather than English (UK). However, I have recently seen the blue squiggly lines appear for English (UK). Can you confirm whether this has...
  • Blog Post: Paging Sargent Batchelor

    Brand new in Office 2007: a red squiggle on the name Batchelor . Uh oh. I’d better explain. Everyone wants the Office spellchecker to recognize their name, and in fact we work very hard to make sure that our spellcheckers recognize not only frequently used first and last names, but also a great many...
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