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Augmenting email spell-checkers with ad-hoc dictionaries based on replied-to and/or forwarded message content Disclosure Number: IPCOM000191245D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Dec-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Dec-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Use the out-of-dictionary words of a replied-to/forwarded email message to augment the dictionary for spell-checking a current message to allow contextual spell checking in emails.

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When spell-checking an email message, there are sometime out-of-dictionary


    - technical terms, names, etc. Usually, the spell checker doesn't recognize them. However, in the case where the user Bob is composing a message M2 that is a reply or a forward of a message M1 of user Alice, M2 may contain some or all the

words that appear in M1.

                These words might have already passed a previous spell-checker (for M1) and were approved by Alice, but the current spell-checker (for M2) doesn't know that, so they have to be approved again, this time by Bob. By augmenting ad hoc dictionary for an e-mail thread we can create a contextual spell checking.

The invention can work in one (or both) of two ways.

The first option is to have email spell-checkers,

when replying or forwarding

an email, treat all the words in the replied-to/forwarded message as approved.

    The second option is that the spell-checker will collect all approved words, and attach them to the email sent (e.g., as a MIME type) as an additional "dictionary" (if there is already an attached dictionary, these words can be added to it). In this option, additional language information may also be attached, to assist any spell-checkers that will review a message that contains this message.

Either way,

when the receiving user replies-to

                                  or forwards the message, the additional words, either from the message body and/or from the attached, are added to the spell-chec...