RE: How to build a Corporate Dictionary for using with Simplified English

Subject: RE: How to build a Corporate Dictionary for using with Simplified English
From: David Harrison <dharrison -at- moldmasters -dot- com>
To: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 14:52:35 +0000

Thanks Sandy - but splitting it down to words won't really do what I need because we have terms like "Sequence Valve Gate" and "Touch Screen Console" (or should that be "Touch-screen Console"?).
In a spare moment I started trawling a manual and capturing such words and terms into a spreadsheet. It wasn't long before I came into the grey area where words like "Environment" "Residential" and "Ambient" seemed to be neither business specific nor could I find them in the list of simplified words that I have downloaded.
Somewhere recently I saw an on-line demo of Acrolinx which seems to help you do this automatically while another application constantly checks your words for STE compliance. Added up - one or both of these two are likely to save much work.
So I turned to the group

Regards, David


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Sent on 03.08.2012 16:52 by David Harrison

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Subject: Re: How to build a Corporate Dictionary for using with Simplified English

On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 11:51 PM, David Harrison <dharrison -at- moldmasters -dot- com> wrote:

> One possible answer is to adopt Simplified Technical English in the hope that ...

> But everything that I read about the journey towards STE tells me that we first need to build a corporate dictionary of acceptable words and phrases which will sit alongside the STE limited dictionary where one word has one meaning. In hindsight - it probably would help with translations to date - so I don't think this is a futile exercise.
> I have found possible expensive looking solutions like Acrolinx and cheap looking packages like Maxit form Smartny. And of course the biggies like Tedopres offer to do it for you in with software and training package. But does anyone have experiences of creating such a dictionary/glossary and would they care to give some brief advice or pointers.

My starting point would be the Unix spell(1) program. It has been around for decades, probably the first spell checker program, late 70s. Feed it a text file and it prints out a list of words not in its dictionary. That is the entire user interface, OK at the time for a program that had to run on a mutliuser machine with at most 512K RAM and text-only terminals.
Seems a bit primitive today, but still usable.

On my Linux box, it is not installed by default, but is available.

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