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Virtual Spell Checker Dictionary Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241398D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-23
Document File: 3 page(s) / 60K

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Disclosed is a method to automatically expand standard and personally managed virtual or temporary dictionaries to include context specific words or phrases.

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Virtual Spell Checker Dictionary

A spell checker feature in an email application is often unable to check spelling of names of people used within the body of the email, since proper names are not in the dictionary that the spell checker is using. This slows the email sending process, both because of the time it takes the system to run the spell check, and because the user often stops to check the spelling of the name.

When sending an email, entering comments on a social media site and in other applications where spell checking is used, specific fields may be present within the context of the data source that may be used as a virtual/dynamic dictionary in the spell check process for that specific content item.

The method disclosed herein expands the sources of temporary dictionaries to include:

• Specific meta fields within a specific web page (i.e. similar to the keywords meta field)

• Specific dictionaries associated with individual user profiles on a service (e.g., social network)

• Specific site/domain dictionaries on the root directory of a web server (e.g., product names, company names, etc.)

• Temporary geolocation files (e.g., cities, businesses, etc.)

According to the disclosed method, standard and personally managed dictionaries are automatically expanded to include context-specific words or phrases (if grammar correction is included). The disclosed method uses the published content of a document (e.g., Web page, blog post, email body, etc.) as an add-on to the standard and personal dictionaries. This includes the content of the main published document but not the comments posted by others in reply to the original publication. Responsive to publication of the content body, the spelling contained therein is correct; therefore, the dictionary does not recognize any words in that publication as misspellings.

In the case of email, names in the address bar may be virtually added to the spell checking dictionary responsive to spell checking that specific document only. This eliminates the spell checker stopping on the names when found in the body of the email.

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