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Old 01-26-2017, 07:38 PM   #1
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Can Sigil find tricky typos?

I got a book review where the reader said they found some typos. I went over this book mercilessly and could find nothing. When I look in the Sigil list of misspelled words they are just the way I want them. All I can think of is homonyms ("their" "there") or missing or extra characters ("he" "she" "the"). Anybody got any suggestions for finding the tricky typos?
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Old 01-26-2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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Doitsu's Grammar checker might help ==>> https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=276005

FX with the there/their/they're cases, and plurals that maybe should be contractions and vice versa

@TPTB - that PI doesn't seem to be in the PI index.

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Old 01-27-2017, 01:06 AM   #3
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Doitsu's Grammar checker might help ==>> https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=276005

FX with the there/their/they're cases, and plurals that maybe should be contractions and vice versa

@TPTB - that PI doesn't seem to be in the PI index.

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Thanks a lot, Red. I've already got Doitsu's grammar checker and yeah, it helps a lot. What's the TBTB PI index stuff about?
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What's the TBTB PI index stuff about?
Administrivia - I had to search for the PI, needs a mod to rectify.

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Old 01-27-2017, 05:42 AM   #5
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Is it possible to contact the person who left the review and ask what typos were found?
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bit left field, but...

IT companies (MS , Google etc) hire autistic people to do software testing, they are very good at detailed repetitive tasks, and seeing what's software actually does rather than what they think should do.

The perennial problem with proofreading is our ability to self correct - pubic to public being a well known example.

Which led me to wonder, are there any proofreading services that use the special abilities of autistic people - indeed there are, search for 'autistic proofreaders'.

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[...] with the there/their/they're cases, and plurals that maybe should be contractions and vice versa
If you're using LanguageTool with the default settings, it most likely won't catch these errors, however, there's also an advanced statistics-based mode that catches some of these errors.

For example, when this mode was enabled, LanguageTool detected the errors in the following two sentences:

Don't go their.

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Context: Don't go >>their<< . They lost there luggage. CONFUSION_RULE:TYPOS: Statistics suggests that 'there' (as in 'Is there an answer?') might be the correct word here, not 'their' (as in 'It’s not their fault.'). Please check. Suggestion(s): there
They lost there luggage.

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Context: ... Don't go their. They lost >>there<< luggage. CONFUSION_RULE:TYPOS: Statistics suggests that 'their' (as in 'It’s not their fault.') might be the correct word here, not 'there' (as in 'Is there an answer?'). Please check. Suggestion(s): their
The downside is that users'll have to download an 8.3GB ngram zip file. They also need a pretty powerful PC with lots of RAM and an SSD. (For more information on this advanced mode see the LanguageTool website.)

BTW, users who want to give this mode a try will need to use a special LanguageTool.json preferences file for best results:

Code:
{
  "enabledOnly": true,
  "enabledRules": "CONFUSION_RULE",  
  "ngramIndexDir": "C:/ngrams",
  "ltPath": "C:/Program Files/LanguageTool-3.6/languagetool-commandline.jar", 
  "allFiles": true
}
Note that ngramIndexDir is the location of the parent folder of the en ngrams folder. For example, the folder structure on my machine is:

C:/ngrams/en/1grams
C:/ngrams/en/2grams
C:/ngrams/en/3grams

Obviously, the values in Magenta need to be changed to match the actual installation folders. Python also requires slashes or double back-slashes for folder names.
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Administrivia - I had to search for the PI, needs a mod to rectify.

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BR you should be able to edit YOUR post in any forum
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Read what I wrote in post #2 - The Sigil PI index isn't my post.

TBTB hereabouts are the Sigil mods, of which thee is one

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What's the TBTB PI index stuff about?
TBTB = TPTB = "The Powers That Be", i.e. the moderators of this forum.

PI = "plug in". There's an index to plugins somewhere here and the grammar PI isn't/wasn't in it.
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Old 01-31-2017, 06:36 PM   #13
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Thanks, Red, but even that's like a foreign language to me.
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Is it possible to contact the person who left the review and ask what typos were found?
Thanks Jon. I thought of that but what are the odds they'll remember? It was a Goodreads reviewer and I probably could contact them, but I went through the book yet again and if there are typos they are tiny and few. I'm confidant with what I've got out there now.
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TBTB = TPTB = "The Powers That Be", i.e. the moderators of this forum.

PI = "plug in". There's an index to plugins somewhere here and the grammar PI isn't/wasn't in it.
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