Issue 59054 - Correct Dutch contractions are wrongly corrected - smarter spell checking needed?
Summary: Correct Dutch contractions are wrongly corrected - smarter spell checking nee...
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: spell checking (show other issues)
Version: 3.3.0 or older (OOo)
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Reported: 2005-12-07 21:34 UTC by marcvangend
Modified: 2013-02-24 20:43 UTC (History)
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Description marcvangend 2005-12-07 21:34:40 UTC
In Dutch, combinations of two nouns must be written as one word (contraction).
For instance:
- 'spell checking' translates as 'spellingcontrole'
- 'project analysis' translates as 'projectanalyse'

A large number of these contractions (ie. 'spellingcontrole') are in the 
language file. No problems there.

However, some contractions (ie. 'projectanalyse') are not in the language file, 
yet they are correct Dutch words. When you write 'projectanalyse' in OOo, it is 
marked as incorrect. In fact, OOo suggests the incorrect 'project analyse'.

Compared to MS Word: The spell check of MS Word seems to 'understand' these 
Dutch rules and allows certain unknown contractions. When you write 
'projectanalys' in Word, it is marked as incorrect, but Word has no suggestions. 
This proves that Word does not know the word 'projectanalyse'. However, when you 
write 'projectanalyse' in Word, it is recognized as a correct word.

This smart way of dealing with unknown contractions would be a welcome 
enhancement to the OOo Dutch spell check.
Comment 1 nemeth.lacko 2006-02-07 13:27:17 UTC
Need a dictionary development effort to handle Dutch compounds with Hunspell,
new spell checker of OOo ( Björn Jacke has
experience with German compounds, I have with Hungarian ones.
Comment 2 simonbr 2006-02-07 13:51:35 UTC
Hi Németh, 

Count me in! 

Is there a forum or mailinglist where Hunspell can be discussed in English (the
Hunspell forums listed on sourceforge are less than lively...)?

Best regards, 
Comment 3 nemeth.lacko 2006-02-07 14:18:46 UTC
Hi Simon!

I think, we can use this issue for discussion.

BTW. Please, take also a look to the Issue 58558 (my belated Christmas surprise
for the Dutch :) ). If you can add detailed description about Dutch
discretionary hyphenation, we will made better Dutch hyphenation for OOo.

Best regards,

Comment 4 simonbr 2006-02-07 20:38:27 UTC
I will study the Hunspell documentation to see how this can be implemented for

By the way, I understand that Hunspell supports the NOSPLITSUGS flag in the
affix file. This was in fact conceived because many Dutch users would accept a
suggestion such as "project analyse" for "projectanalyse", while in fact the
latter word was correct (just not present in the dictionary). Unfortunately this
was only implemented the Myspell of OOo 1.1 but not in that of OOo 2.0. 
Comment 5 nemeth.lacko 2006-02-07 21:00:31 UTC
Nemeth->Simonbr: Oh, I have already understood the NOSPLITSUGS... :) Thanks.