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Tony,

Is it possible to add a few words to the bulletin board master dictionary file? I'm getting sick and tired of the spell-checker not recognizing 'doctype' and 'javascript' and contractions like 'I'm.' I know it only takes a second or two to click ignore in the spell checker but those seconds add up and have become something of an annoyance. Is it just me? Does anybody else find these little quirks minorly vexing? I was hoping we could get a short list of words together for you to consider adding to the dictionary.

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It's something that is strangely annoying on a technical forum, it's not a very coding friendly dictionary.
As you say, if it's possible we'll have to draw up a list for potential inclusion.

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Sure, make up a list and I will work out how to implement it.

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Laughing out loud

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Start building a list here antibland and people can add suggestions which you can edit into the master list.

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master word list

to be added


(let me know)

added
screenshot
mozilla
firefox
tabindex
blog
blogged
blogging
blogger
Netscape
noob
w3c
html
xhtml
i'd
doctype
javascript
php
ptp
div
DTD
I'm
stylesheet
CSS
URL
XML
DOM
bg
gif
jpg
png
psd
swf

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....... Added........

div
DTD
I'm (you forgot that one Wink )
stylesheet
CSS
URL
XML
cool it works "no misspellings found"
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Those have now been added, as well as DOM.
Keep the list growing as you discover words that should be added.

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Tony,

Thanks so much for addressing this. The term 'w3c' is still acting buggy though. The spellchecker is capturing the 'w' and the 'c' in this term. I've also added a few more to the list.

Thanks again,

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I'll have to say, with one exception, that the list has not been a problem. As a word comes up for correction, it is a simple matter to verify that it is indeed correct, then click 'learn'. My private list seems to now be quite adequate.

The one exception is "I'm". For some misbegotten reason, that one word seems unlearnable. (Had to add 'unlearnable' to the list and "I'm" passed—huzzah!)

Extending the master list is a good idea, even if mostly too late for me. Give antibland an attaboy for bringing it up.

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googled
Netscape (with capital)

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n00b
noob

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Tony,

First off, thanks again for your diligence on this issue. I have an idea. Would it be possible to add all active user names to the dictionary as well? Often, users are referenced directly by name, so this could be a nice addition.

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Hi antibland,
At the moment I have been adding each word one at a time through the admin panel.
There are over 7000 users that have posted.
It is possible to add another dictionary so in theory we could extract all the usernames and create a dictionary.
Then we have to continue repeating the process to take in new members.
Again there may be a way to automate this process but to me the work involved would out way the benefit.

You would be better off adding them to your personal dictionary as you come across them.

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Small update above ('googled,' 'tabindex,' and various forms of the word 'blog').

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Added:
tabindex
blog
blogged
blogging
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Thanks Tony.

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Couple of additions. Just when I thought the fun had ended.

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The spellchecker just go me on 'octothorpe'. Octothorp is also correct. You might also add the plurals.

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Hardly surprising it wasn't in the dictionary really, couldn't you have used 'Hash' like everyone else Smile

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This word is beginning to appear in a few dictionaries, but still seems mostly to be a jargon term of the North American telephone business. It has reached semi-official status by being mentioned in international standards documents but that’s no guarantee of a wide circulation any time soon.

With all these terms about, inventing a new one, especially such an odd-ball one as octothorpe, would seem to serve no practical purpose.

The evidence suggests that it was originally a jokey term among engineers at Bell Labs in the USA.

Maybe it's just easier to use words in common usage, then people wouldn't have to go of searching for it's meaning Smile

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I don't know gary, between your loose doctypes and obscure vernacular, you might be slipping. :-k

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Bah! Non-erudite savages!

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

octothorp \oc"to*thorp\, octothorpe \oc"to*thorpe\, n. [octo-
eight + thorp Etymology of thorp uncertain. (ca. 1965). See
quote below. Possibly derived from octalthorpe or octotherp
(once used by the Bell System?).]
A typographic symbol (#) having two vertical lines
intersected by two horizontal lines. It is also called the
{crosshatch}, {hash}, {numeral sign} and {number sign}; in
the U. S. it is commonly called the {pound sign}, especially
to designate the symbol as used on digital telephone dials,
but this can be confusing to Europeans who think of the pound
sign as the symbol for the British pound. It is commonly used
as a symbol for the word number; as in #36 (meaning: number
thirty-six).
[PJC]

octothorp
Otherwise known as the numeral sign. It has also been
used as a symbol for the pound avoirdupois, but this
usage is now archaic. In cartography, it is also a
symbol for village: eight fields around a central
square, and this is the source of its name. Octothorp
means eight fields.
--Robert
Bringhurst
(The Elements
of Typographic
Style (2d
edition,
1996), Hartley
& Marks,
Publishers,
Point Roberts,
WA; Vancouver,
BC, Canada, p.
282)
So There. Hah!Tongue

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{edited by tph just for you!}

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Bah, 'The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]'

Never heard of it ( it's not even out of Beta !), dam new fangled publications.
Can't find 'Octothorpe' in the OED !

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but this can be confusing to Europeans who think of the pound

sign as the symbol for the British pound.


Who says we do Oups that's 'Pound Sterling' thankyou very much.

'pound sign' is a unit of weight denoted by the '#' or 'hash' sign and also used to refer to a numerical value.

Octothorpe means eight fields ? they're making this all up Smile

Rant rant, they're just playing loose with our language.

Bah humbug, indignant British person unwilling to accept any change to the status quo ( no not the group)

P.S Gary this thing with the spider writing, you know it's a sign of insecurity and lack of confidence. I'll have to go in and change it next time to 'large' if nothing else but to save my poor tired eyes.

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