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Subject: Re: [opendocument-users] ODF Dictionary?

This is an interesting idea.  I wonder if the more natural place to hook this up would be to the "ignore" option rather than "add to dictionary"?  Most word processors already treat "ignore" like a per-document, or at least per-session, override.

Another interesting integration point would be copy & paste.  If you copy a selection from one document and pasted into another, it should also bring along any per-document dictionary entries that were used in that selection.  Of course, that is application behavior, beyond what the ODF specification can enforce...



Rob Weir
Software Architect
Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software
IBM Software Group

email: robert_weir@us.ibm.com
phone: 1-978-399-7122
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"Benjamen R. Meyer" <bm_witness@yahoo.com> wrote on 08/12/2007 08:54:40 PM:

> First, I know ODF is a zip-based format that could have a number of
> things built into it. What would be neat to see is to have ODF have a
> built-in per file dictionary.
> Concept of operation:
> Applications load their own dictionaries. They usually have a "user"
> dictionary that allows the user to customize the dictionary to their usages.
> The "built-in per file dictionary" would be loaded after the application
> & user dictionaries, and would be part of the file (e.g. dictionary.xml
> located within the 'zip' odf file - odt, ods, etc.).
> When the user chooses to add a word to the dictionary, they are
> presented the option with adding it to the file or application's
> dictionary. (Default to the application's dictionary, which would follow
> the rules as have been seen before.)
> This would be neat to see supported by ODF as a standard, as it would
> then encourage vendors to provide such functionality. This would also be
> a great feature as specialized documents would be able to come up and
> show as not having any spelling issues for custom words/etc that are
> valid for that document, but not for a dictionary in general (e.g. an
> alien race for an author writing a Sci-Fi book.) The cool aspect would
> come in where the author sends the file to someone else, who then also
> does not see any spelling issues for words added to that document's
> built-in dictionary.
> The dictionary should not be able to be extremely large. It may be
> necessary to relegate it in size to some percentage of the document
> size, but it could be (and would be) very helpful for those exchanging
> documents and working on documents that have custom words (e.g 'odf',
> "OpenDocument", etc.)
> Why? Adding a word to my own dictionary does not affect another user.
> Adding it to the _document's_ dictionary can allow another user to see
> that I said "yes, this word is spelled correctly". Software could even
> be configured to distinguish between these kinds of words (say, a
> different kind of underlining).
> Any how...it would be something very neat to see, and to see
> applications start supporting once standardized.
> Sincerely,
> An ODF-User,
> Benjamen R. Meyer
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