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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Is it thank you or thankyou?

It is very easy to be polite and say thank you. However, when you write thank you there’s a choice.

The choice is thank you as two words, or thankyou as one word.

The preferred Australian spelling is to spell thank you as two words.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Google Docs spellchecking doesn't pick up obvious spelling errors.

I was going through my documents on Google Drive and deleting old documents that I no longer have any use for. One document stood out. I'd named the document Poor spelling in Google Docs. I opened the document, not really having remembered creating the document. The document had one sentence.

I wondered if I retyped the incorrect words, if Google Docs would now mark the words as spelt incorrectly. I typed the following.

thiz iz dokument befor kant spel wright

All of the words weren't picked up by Google Docs as spelling errors. I used Safari with my own Australian dictionary to perform a spellcheck, when the words were entered into a form and all words were marked as spelling errors. I copied the words into Microsoft Word 2016 and all the words except wright, were marked as spelling errors. The word wright is an archaic word meaning builder. As an archaic word wright isn't a word I'd include in my spellcheck dictionary and would thus be marked as a spelling error.

In all honesty I have no idea why the words are not being marked as spelling errors in Google Docs. I was thinking perhaps it's time I start using Google Docs for my basic document needs, but now I don't think I will. If those words are being picked up as spelling errors, then it makes me wonder what other words aren't being picked up as being incorrectly spelt.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au
The preferred Australian English spellcheck dictionary.





Monday, May 1, 2017

Spellcheck versus spell check page explains the correct spelling.

Today I decided to create a site (www.Spell-Check.com.au) to letting Australians know the correct spelling is spellcheck, a single word, not spell check, as two words, or spell-check, with a hyphen.

Spellcheck with a hyphen is the American spelling. Spellcheck as two words isn't a correct spelling.

I've provided more information on the page www.Spell-Check.com.au. Yes the hyphen is deliberate for two reasons. First it is hoped this will be picked up more easily by Google as two words. The second is the domain with spellcheck as a single word was already registered. It's important to remember the hyphenated spelling spell-check, which is used in the domain name, is not the Australian spelling.

Feel free to spread the word.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Spell-Check.com.au

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Australian Dictionary site now mobile friendly

I've spent the last couple of days redesigning the Australian Dictionary site to be mobile friendly, or at least, much friendlier. There's still some work to be done, but at least now for those using mobile phones, the Australian Dictionary site will be easier to read.

I have left the very popular Word Check page alone. The page was designed to be viewed holding the mobile phone in landscape mode. The page can still be used quite well holding the mobile in portrait mode, so it was felt at this time the page didn't need to be updated.

With the new design I've left the pages so you can zoom in if something can't be read, or you need to click on a link which may otherwise be too small. For example if you wish to check out the new Crossword Help page (www.crosswordhelp.com.au), you can zoom in and then click on the link from the main page of the site.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Is it centimetre or centimeter?

Even though I've been maintaining the preferred Australian English spelling dictionary now for around 13 years, I still get a surprise every now and then. Recently I created an inches to cm calculator (www.inchestocm.com.au) and whilst searching the internet, I noticed the spelling centimeters, as well as the usual spelling centimetres on Australian sites. I couldn't help but wonder why so many people would be spelling the word incorrectly.

What I found actually surprised me, but in hindsight, perhaps I shouldn't have been so surprised. I'd never noticed the spelling centimeter before, but that's not unusual. Often we don't notice things even thought they are there.

It turned out the American spelling of the distance related words, metre, centimetre, millimetre are meter, centimeter and millimeter respectively. That was a surprise. However in hindsight, given the American spelling of centre is center, where the re is er, it makes sense this spelling may apply to other words, as it does in this case.

The spelling in Australia is thus centimetre.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au


Monday, September 19, 2016

Australian English dictionary for macOS Sierra

The release date for macOS Sierra appears to have been announced for Tuesday September 20th 2016. Once I've downloaded the operating system I'll test and update the instructions for the Australian English dictionary files I provide for Mac users.

Note this will not include any changes in the dictionary files, just an update to the documentation.

The Australian English dictionary files I produce for Microsoft Office provide the preferred Australian English spelling and removes thousands of secondary spellings, American spellings and errors. A native dictionary is also available for Mac users and once tested, will be available for use under macOS Sierra.

Stay tuned.....

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Version 4.2A of the Australian English dictionary files now available.

The new version of the Australian English dictionary files is 4.2A. This is only a refresh of the documentation.

For those with version 4.2 there's no need to consider version 4.2A. The documentation has been updated to include the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft Edge, Mac OS X and Office. The only change to the files is the removal of two words from the Mac OS X native dictionary.

The pages on the web site www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au have been updated to also include the latest versions of the software.

Kelvin Eldridge
www.Australian-Dictionary.com.au