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derekaw
4th January 2009, 09:28 AM
I often type dont instead of don't but the built in Mac spellcheck does not have any options that I can find that will add don't to the list of possible corrections. How do I add don't to the contextual menu of possible corrections for dont?

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krolly
4th January 2009, 09:51 AM
"Learn spelling"?

decryption
4th January 2009, 10:00 AM
If you are aware you're making the mistake, why do you need a spell checker to pick up on it for you?

(btw - see that "LEARN SPELLING" option *right* near the list of words? Take a punt as to what that does :p)

derekaw
4th January 2009, 10:10 AM
Thanks to you both but I suppose that I have not explained myself well.
I don't want it to learn dont I wont don't to one of the available choices in the pop up menu.

Yes I could spell it correctly in the first place but that is not why I am here.

Goodbye
4th January 2009, 10:26 AM
If you type in "don't" and right click it and click "learn spelling" you won't have to worry. It will learn the spelling and have it there in the list of options.

banjo
4th January 2009, 10:32 AM
If you type in "don't" and right click it and click "learn spelling" you won't have to worry. It will learn the spelling and have it there in the list of options.

I don't think that's right. If you type "don't" correctly in the first place it doesn't show it as a mistake. The problem is that the auto-suggest for some reason does not suggest contractions.

[edit] And an Apple support (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1301798) post on this very thing.

eni
4th January 2009, 10:41 AM
Banjo is right, I dont (pun intended) think the above suggestions will work. Out of curiosity, I wonder how OS X's spell checking is implemented. A combination of a bloom filter and a nearest neighbour search, perhaps? Levenshtein distance?

derekaw
4th January 2009, 10:52 AM
So no technical solution :-(

Not what I was expecting. I expected there would be a file that I could edit and add the word don't to. I will survive without getting this sorted.

I may give text expander or similar a try. I use a lot of MS Word auto text at work to expand my abbreviations for cld wld shld and the like and I do miss it at home. Text Expander will look after this dont issue too.

Thanks for your help.

timothy
4th January 2009, 11:03 AM
Even this spelling and grammar box will not let you remove and add words, very strange.
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derekaw
4th January 2009, 11:18 AM
Just downloaded and set up TextExpander (http://www.smileonmymac.com/TextExpander/) I am liking it. It Fixes my dont issue and more.

Paul_G
4th January 2009, 12:27 PM
Won't Textedit stuff up words like "orthodontist" if you do that? (so that it becomes "Orthodon'tist")

klif
4th January 2009, 12:36 PM
Won't Textedit stuff up words like "orthodontist" if you do that? (so that it becomes "Orthodon'tist")

Surely <SPACE>dont<SPACE> would be considered very different from <SPACE>orthodontist<SPACE>.

Modern spell checkers I would assume don't just look at a series of characters in a row, they look at those characters within the context they are being used.

derekaw
4th January 2009, 12:46 PM
TextExpander works beautifully, just tested with orthodontist and don't here - orthodontist | Screencast-O-Matic (http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cQVeFEnps)

geektechnu
4th January 2009, 01:04 PM
Personally I think you should just choose the "donut" autocorrect option.
Makes things a little more fun to read :D