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Query:   Autocorrect function in word processing software
Author:  Kari Kraus
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Computational Linguistics

Summary:   DEAR LIST:

LAST SPRING, I SENT THE FOLLOWING INQUIRY TO LINGUIST:

>I'M LOOKING FOR INFORMATION (ARTICLES, WHITE PAPERS) ON THE >AUTOCORRECT
>TECHNOLOGY BUILT INTO MOST WORD PROCESSING SOFTWARE (E.G., MICROSOFT
>WORD).
>I WANT TO UNDERSTAND (IN BROAD TERMS) THE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SIDE OF
>THINGS (HOW DOES THE TECHNOLOGY WORK?), BUT JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, THE
>THEORETICAL SIDE (E.G., CLASSIFICATION OF ERRORS [HAPLOGRAPHY,
>DITTOGRAPHY,
>METATHESIS, ETC.] ACCORDING TO CURRENT THINKING ON THE PHYSIOLOGICAL
>MECHANISMS INVOLVED IN COPYING/TRANSCRIBING/TYPING (PERHAPS THIS SORT >OF
R&D
>FALLS WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF VISUAL WORD RECOGNITION?).


I RECEIVED TWO OFF-LIST REPLIES, ONE FFROM MIKE MAXWELL, THE OTHER FROM
ROBERT DALE.

ROBERT DALE PROVIDED A BIBLIOGRAPHIC STARTING POINT:

> THERE'S A PAPER BY THE WORD GRAMMAR CHECKER TEAM (PRINCIPALLY GEORGE
> HEIDORN) IN R DALE, H MOISL AND H SOMERS (EDS.) [2000], HANDBOOK OF
NATURAL
> LANGUAGE PROCESSING. MARCEL DEKKER. I BELIEVE THAT'S THE MOST DETAILED
> EXPOSITION AROUND.
>
> I DON'T KNOW OF ANY MATERIAL ON ASPECTS OF TEXT CORRECTION IN WORD OTHER
> THAN THE GRAMMAR CHECKER -- THE SPELLING CHECKER, AUTOCORRECTS ETC ARE
QUITE
> SEPARATE.
>


MIKE MAXWELL INITALLY WROTE TO SAY THAT THE REPLACE-TEXT-AS-YOU-TYPE FEATURE
IN WORD RELIES ON A HAND-BUILT CORRECTION LIST, WHICH ONE CAN CONSULT
BY SELECTING

LL Issue: 12.2078
Date Posted: 21-Aug-2001
Original Query: Read original query