Issue 28607 - "check capitalization" option not working
Summary: "check capitalization" option not working
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: spell checking (show other issues)
Version: 3.3.0 or older (OOo)
Hardware: All Windows XP
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2004-05-02 01:28 UTC by kelvine
Modified: 2013-02-24 20:42 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
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Description kelvine 2004-05-02 01:28:55 UTC

Issue 27246 relates to user dictionary, it is I believe a similar issue, but 
felt that because it relates to the standard dictionary should be raised as a 
separate issue. If you consider it the same issue then simply mark this as a 

I have seen young people type something like: "The little Boy was shy."

They get no feedback that "Boy", which is capitalised in the middle of a 
sentence, is incorrect.

From reading other issues, some may say this is because people capatilise the 
first letter of words in headings and so it is acceptable. Others may say it 
is a grammar issue.

There is however a 'Check Capitalization' option in the Writing Aids which 
would appear to allow you to check for this. Yet I can't seem to get it to 
work. I can't even work out what the option does.

I accept that if a word is in the dictionary (As 'boy' is) the first letter of 
a sentence can be capitalised by autocorrection and this should be acceptable 
to the spell checker.

I just keep wondering why capitalised words in the middle of sentences are not 
marked as incorrect.

Perhaps I am missing the point and someone can let me know the logic behind 
the situation.


Comment 1 ooolist2007 2005-08-15 13:38:55 UTC
The spell checker only looks at words, it doesn't know where a sentence   
begins. I agree that the "Check Capitalization" option should probably be  
removed, thus I'm leaving this issue open.  
Comment 2 tahouri 2007-01-28 23:46:40 UTC
Windows XP professional SP2

Build: 2.1
This issue successfully replicated however here I add some more remarks.
As the original comment states, the capitalized word in the middle of the 
sentence is not marked as error. For example in the sentence “I am Buying a 
carâ€, “Buying is not underlined as error. Even enabling “Check Capitalization†
does not resolve the problem.
 I tried the same sentence in Microsoft Word 2003 where it recognizes that the 
capitalized word is not correct. Therefore it underlines it with green color 
since it is not spelling error (spelling errors are underlined with red color 
in Ms 2003).
I also noticed that even in Ms 2003 not all words that start with capital 
letter in the middle of the sentence are underlined as errors.
 In fact, the only case that the spell check recognizes the error is when; the 
typing mistake is a capitalized verb (not capitalized adjective/nouns) in the 
middle of the sentence.
 For example, the sentence “He is a Shy boy†will not be recognized as error 
even in Ms 2003 while the sentence “I’m Wearing a black jacket.†is recognized 
in Ms 2003.
Open office 2.1 does not recognize any capitalization error whether or not the 
capitalized word in the middle of the sentence is verb or something else. 
It is reasonable that enabling “Check Capitalization†should at least do some 
degree error checking (at least for verbs as in Ms 2003).
I conclude/ confirm “Check Capitalization†does not do any help in recognizing 
capitalized word.
Also for people who are unfamiliar how to access the “Check Capitalization†
option and other feather just follow the following steps:
1.	Press F7 when you have your open office writer open.
2.	A window will pup up. Then press the “Options†button at the lower left 
corner. Another window will open. In the Options list you will see a few check 
boxes. From there find “Check Capitalizationâ€.