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      CommentAuthorGabe_Fox
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2012
     
    Hey!

    So I don't know if this is the right category, but it seemed close enough. I searched around the forum and haven't seen this mentioned, so apologies ahead of time if this is addressed elsewhere.

    On to the point: I write genera fiction, mostly fantasy and science fiction. One of the aspects of this sort of literature that doesn't show up as much in other forms is that of new-word creation. Wether it be proper nouns or world specific descriptions, there can be a lot of things that will get tagged as spelling errors.

    Right now, the only way to keep these straight is either to leave them as spelling errors and check them individually for spelling later (A rough run, trust me, on a 150 000 word rough draft) or to add them to the system dictionary. The problem there is that these spellings are, for the most part, ONLY correct in that one project.

    -- I would LOVE to be able to add words to the spell check dictionary on a project limited basis. --

    For example, in my current project I have a character named Grein and another named Enric. I would love to be able to add them as correct in just that one project, and not have my misspellings of grain and Eric left uncorrected in other projects.

    Just a thought.

    Thanks!
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      CommentAuthorVivien
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2012
     
    Thank you for your feedback! This sounds like a reasonable suggestion. We will definitely put this up for discussion.

    All the best,
    Vivien
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      CommentAuthorMaggot
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2013
     
    Hey, Gabe.

    I believe you can do this in the Finder. When the checker learns a new word, it doesn't add it in the main dictionary, but creates a special new dictionary called localdictionary in the user's Library/Spelling folder. Words can be deleted from there by right-clicking and choosing "unlearn". The dictionary can also be edited in any decent text editor, so you can add or delete individual words directly; but have a good look on the web first for upside-down question marks and other gotchas.

    Most useful for you, you can rename the dictionary in the Finder so that none of its words are available to the spell-checker (but can be brought back at any time by renaming back). It's not ideal - in fact, it's bloody fiddly - but it does work if you keep your head about you.

    Remember that the user's Library folder is invisible these days - you have to use Finder > Go > Go to folder > ~/Library/Spelling. Good luck.

    M
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      CommentAuthorMaggot
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2013
     
    @Vivian. You know, there used to be a freeware app called Dictionary Cleaner that did all the lifting on this, but it doesn't seem to exist any more. I really wonder if this would be a great feature for U - no one else seems to do it. Having several easily swappable custom dictionaries would seem to be useful for fiction writers, technical writers, academics, and journalists; and it doesn't sound that difficult (says someone who doesn't have to implement it). I suppose there might be sandbox considerations.

    Oh well.
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      CommentAuthorVivien
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2013
     
    Hello Maggot,

    thank you for the suggestion!
    The sounds like an awesome feature indeed. We will have a deeper look at it, although I can't promise anything yet.

    Best, Vivien