How to Use the Spelling Checker

January 21, 2010


Text is one of the essential elements in engineering drawings, mainly for dimensions and annotations. To check the spelling could be exhausting, tiring and time-consuming, especially when the annotations appear to be long paragraphs. With the help of Spelling Checker, the work will become much more efficient and convenient.

Case Ⅰ:
We need to check the following sentences:
“Hello eveyone. ZWCAD could improve your produtibity.”
There are two words wrongly spelled: eveyone (everyone), produtibity (productivity)

Now let’s have a look at how we can detect and correct these mistakes.
1. Type “spell”, then the Check Spelling dialogue box opens.
As can be seen, current dictionary is en_US.dic (English applied in the US). Both the incorrect word and its context are displayed, so that we are aware of where the wrong word is and what exactly it should be.

2. Click Change, then it will go on with the next probably incorrect word.
However, “ZWCAD” is the right one. The dictionary does not contain the word “ZWCAD”, so it treats it as an incorrect one. Just Ignore it.

3. Then we come to “produtibity” that needs to be corrected.
There are several suggestions for this word, and the correct one should be “productivity”.
So far, all mistakes in the sentences have been corrected.
Case Ⅱ:
Can I customize my own dictionary?
The answer is “Yes”.
Let’s keep on with the example above.
“ZWCAD” is the word not included in the existing dictionary en_US.dic. It is not convenient to “ignore” again and again if lots of them appear in a drawing. So it would be better if we can add it to our own dictionary. Now let’s create one which works together with the existing dictionary.

1. Create a blank file with Notepad, for example, “My Dictionary.txt”. Change the postfix “.txt” into “.cus” (custom dictionary format).

2. Launch the Spelling Checker, click Change Dictionaries to open the Change Dictionaries dialogue box, and browse for the previously created My Dictionary.cus. Type “ZWCAD” into the Custom Dictionary Words area, and then click Add. Press OK, then “ZWCAD” is successfully defined in our own dictionary.

An alternative way is to add “ZWCAD” directly in the Check Spelling dialogue box.
The word added into the custom dictionary is not any one from the Suggestions area, but the one pointed out to be the Current Word. One thing to notice is, this operation is applicable only when we have located our custom dictionary, My Dictionary,dic here for example.
From now on, “ZWCAD” will be treated as a recognized word.
Case Ⅲ:
Is the Spelling Checker applicable to other languages?
Of course!
1. In the Change Dictionaries dialogue box, after click Download, we will be guided to a webpage which offers spelling checker dictionaries of different languages for free. Select the one we need, Polish (Poland) for instance, from the menu and download it.
2. Unzip the package, and copy the files to the HunSpell folder, in which the default dictionary en_US.dic already exists. HunSpell folder can be found in My Documents on the Desktop. Normally, the path is: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\HunSpell

3. Return to CAD software, and we will find that the Main Dictionary list has been updated. Then we can select pl_PL.dic, and click OK. Now the main dictionary is for Polish words.


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