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Framemaker 10 site dictionary

Oct 28, 2013 10:11 AM

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Hello fellows,



Let's say I updated my site dictionary (located on Win7 under C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker10\dict) with a list of terms that are allowed in my documents (e.g., auto-negotiation (correct) vs. auto negotiation (incorrect and should be picked up by the spell checker)).


It's not clear to me how to make the spell checker identify incorrectly spelled terms based on the entries that appear in the site dictionary. Just adding the correct entries to the dictionary line by line does not change anything.


Thank you for your input in advance!

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    Oct 28, 2013 11:39 AM   in reply to rombanks

    If you already have spell-checked the document, then FM marks all of the paragraphs as being checked. It will skip over those when re-running the spell-checker (unless they've been modified). If you added/updated the site dictionary after a spell-check. It won't take re-check those paragraphs.


    You have to enable the "Mark All PAragraphs for Rechecking" option in the Dictionaries panel of the Spell-checker. This will then allow you to recheck the content using the updated site dicttionary.


    I'm also assuming that you've correctly specified the path to the site dictionary in your maker.ini settings. More details on FM's dictionaries are found in the following blog:


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    Oct 29, 2013 6:58 AM   in reply to rombanks

    I don't believe that FrameMaker's spelling checker will see "auto

    negotiation" as anything but two words and check them separately. The

    free SDL Author Assistant add-on might be able to do that, though:

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    Oct 29, 2013 8:14 PM   in reply to rombanks



    I'm with Mike on this. There's no way that two separate, correctly spelled words would be flagged as incorrect even when you have a compound entry in the site dictionary. However, it would flag something like "auto-negatiation".

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    Oct 30, 2013 2:17 AM   in reply to Arnis Gubins

    Nevertheless I would really appreciate, if FrameMaker would be able to mark two separate words as an incorrect spelling, if there is an alternative with hyphen in the dictionary.

    I will request this as a new feature.


    Best regards



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    Oct 30, 2013 8:25 AM   in reply to rombanks

    With FM11, the Hunspell dictionaries are also available. These are open source (see: ) and you can modify contents to suit your needs (see: dictionaries ).

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    Oct 31, 2013 7:52 AM   in reply to rombanks

    From a quick look at the Hunspell stuff, it looks like you can create custom Affix rules that might allow the "auto-" as prefix. It also allows for the definition of "forbidden" words. You might get better mileage out trying use the features in the customizable spell-checking rather than having to try do dlve into FM's Extendscript or creating a custom plug-in.


    If these spellings are critical, then also look at toolsets like those from Acrolinx (

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