Re: Spell-checking documents with lots of code?

Subject: Re: Spell-checking documents with lots of code?
From: "Paul Goble" <pg -at- pgcommunication -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 14:09:23 -0600

One technique that has worked well for me is to save the document
in an ASCII format on a UNIX or Linux system, then run

spell [file] | sort -u > [output file]

This gives an alphabetized list of words the spell checker
didn't recognize. I find it's easy to scan past the "code"
words and zero in on real mistakes. This technique also
catches many typos within the code, such as places where I used
two spellings for a parameter name.

I then go back to the source document and search for each of
the errors. It sounds awkward, but the whole process usually
only takes a few minutes.

By the way, THANKS to John for suggesting the Language=None
trick! I'm sure I'll put it to good use.



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