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Enhanced Spelling Check

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030134D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-29
Document File: 3 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Enhanced spelling check When using a word processor it is a quite usual practice to enable an available words spelling checker. If it is enabled, the word processor will signal wrong typed words or errors by underlying them, while the user is typing the text. The user gives a look and then corrects the spelling errors by looking for the underlined words.But a blind person unfortunately cannot leverage on this.

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Enhanced Spelling Check

Usually when using a word processor it is normal to enable a spelling checker. If it is enabled the option to check the spelling while typing, what occurs is that while the user is typing the text, the word processor signals wrong typed words or errors by underlying them, as shown in Figure 1.

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Then, when the user gives a look at what is written, he can correct the spelling errors by looking for the underlined words. The same applies also to grammar errors. A blind user cannot leverage on this, because unfortunately he cannot realize that there are words underlined while typing.

In this case, it could be enabled a warning signal that alerts the user that there is a misspelled word or a grammar error (underlined on the screen), while the user is typing, or later on when the user is moving along the text with the cursor. The easy implementation would be to enable the word processor to issue a selectable acoustical signal when the spelling or grammar error occurs; or, by having a special enabled keyboard, it can vibrate when the error occurs, and when the user is moving the cursor over a misspelled (underlined) word. For example in Microsoft Word (#) the options could be enabled by modifing the existing Microsoft Word Options configuration panel as shown in the following figure 2, by adding the two new options.

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