Re: Grammar Checkers?

Subject: Re: Grammar Checkers?
From: "Katherine D. Fisher" <kdfisher -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 08:15:01 -0700

David Somers wrote:

> A:
> > Dare I suggest hire a human editor... IME software grammer checkers
> > aren't worth the (usually large) disk space they occupy.

> My response:

> 1. There is a built-in grammar checker in MS Word for many (but not
> all) languages, incl. English. More languages are available.

> Not everybody uses MS Word... I'm currently using FrameMaker and the rest of
> the people around me are using AmiPro.

> 2. The spell checker Grammatik, which comes with WordPerfect, is
> available as a stand-alone grammar checker, too.

> Does it work with FrameMaker files too?

> 3. To my experience - and I use grammar checkers for Danish (my
> mothers tongue) and English - it is NOT a question of either .. or.
> Like spell checkers, they raise questions on potential problems
> and errors, which a proofreader often overlooks, but on the other
> hand, a good proofreader will certainly find errors, which the
> grammar checker never finds. At least (~80+%) of a grammar
> checkers alarms are false alarms, but I love it for the errors it
> finds.

> But constant clicking of 'Ignore' to get through those 80% false
> alarms is darn annoying (and time consuming), and sometimes you
> can hit 'ignore' by mistake and avoid a genuine mistake.

> Greetings from France,

> David Somers
> david -dot- somers -at- st -dot- com
> (Usual disclaimer - speaking for myself and not ST)

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Let's put it this way: those who feel they need grammar checkers should
not be technical writers.

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