Issue 62760 - Spell Checking should improve matching for similar words
Summary: Spell Checking should improve matching for similar words
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: spell checking (show other issues)
Version: 3.3.0 or older (OOo)
Hardware: PC Windows, all
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa
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Reported: 2006-03-04 04:12 UTC by filipg
Modified: 2013-02-24 20:43 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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trigger file for not helpful spelling dialog (could be better) (18.53 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2006-03-04 04:13 UTC, filipg
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Description filipg 2006-03-04 04:12:59 UTC
When a word not in dictionary is added, spelling dialog does not later even try
to see if any words in user's custom are similar. The missing functionality is
*already* present in OO in the form of Find&replace->More options->Similary
search. The trigger file, attached, shows problem and suggests above solution.
Comment 1 filipg 2006-03-04 04:13:32 UTC
Created attachment 34573 [details]
trigger file for not helpful spelling dialog (could be better)
Comment 2 filipg 2006-03-04 04:15:40 UTC
Oops, "if any words in user's custom are similar". I was trying to say that the
spelling dialog doesn't do a 'similarity' search of the user's custom dictionary
for suspected words. This is a problem when, for example, checking a literature
review with *many* names (none in dictionary) but also many possible spelling
mistakes - off by a letter or 2 at most.
Comment 3 ace_dent 2006-03-04 12:37:18 UTC
Tested with OOo 2.0.2RC3, WinXP using Writer.

My first test did not reveal the problem:
- Type in "centrosymmetric".
- Spell Check. Add word to 'standard' dictionary.
- Type in "centrosymmetrical" (variant) and also "centrazymmetric" (typo).
- Spell check. The previous word: "centrosymmetric" is correctly suggested.
- However, it is suggested last although it is the closest match. I think this
might be a bug.

For a second test, I used the case attached by the original reporter.
- Type "Aljaafreh".
- Spell check. Add word.
- Now type "Adjafreeh" (Typo in someone's name).
- Spell check doesn't suggest the first word.
- However, using Find for "Aljaafreh" with 'Similar words' checked, does select
the second word "Adjafreeh".

So currently the spell checker does match against the Custom dictionary for
similar words... however, the matching for similarity is limited compared to   
   the 'Find &Replace' function. When spell checking a document you'd want to
limit similarity searching, firstly for efficiency, but also to restrict the
number of suggested words for the User's benefit. Maybe it would be possible to
shift the balance slightly, to accomodate extended similarity matching?...

Comment 4 cuodenumyp 2010-11-10 17:17:12 UTC
Created attachment 73436