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System and method to negotiate discrepancies in spell check dictionaries in collaboratively authored documents.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200015D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-23
Document File: 2 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to negotiate discrepancies in spell check dictionaries in collaboratively authored documents. The system simplifies the writing process and grows collaborative dictionaries with a scope based on documents and document authorship.

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System and method to negotiate discrepancies in spell check dictionaries in

collaboratively authored documents.

When one or more people are collaboratively authoring documents, it is often necessary

negotiate the use of words, acronyms, and phrases which do not appear in the

dictionaries of all document authors. For example, industry- or company-specific terms

or proper nouns often do not appear in standard dictionaries or a collaborative author

may not have added the terms to their dictionary.

A solution is required to mediate the differences between the spell check dictionaries

used by all authors.

Currently, no solutions exist that are relevant to this disclosure.

The core idea of the disclosed solution is to provide a method which cross-checks and

aligns the vocabulary used by two authors working on the same piece. The system

identifies words found in one user's dictionary but not another user's dictionary and

mediates any discrepancies. The end result is to have both users' dictionaries contain

the same word set in the context of the document being co-authored.

This method simplifies the writing process because it permits maintenance of only a

single document versus multiple versions. In addition, the system adds vocabulary to a

user's spell check dictionary and ensures that those terms will be recognized during

future writing collaborations.

In a typical embodiment, two authors, Matt and Paul, work on a document together.
1. Matt has written a trademarked name into the document; Paul's dictionary does

not contain this name.
2. The system identifies the discrepancy and adds the term/name to Paul's

dictionary.
3. Initially,...