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Re: Is it possible to do grammar checking within emacs?


From: xz
Subject: Re: Is it possible to do grammar checking within emacs?
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 15:01:09 -0000
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On Oct 19, 6:07 am, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> > From: xz <address@hidden>
> > Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 23:20:30 -0000
>
> > On Oct 16, 10:52 am, xz <address@hidden> wrote:
> > > Yes, I know it can check the spelling. But what about grammar?
>
> > > If this is possible through emacs, How well does it work, compared
> > > with MS word, which is the only software I know that can do grammar
> > > checking?
>
> > anybody gives an idea?
>
> There just aren't good solutions to this problem.
>
> This page:
>
>    http://faculty.washington.edu/sandeep/check/
>
> will explain why you shouldn't treat the MS Word grammar checker as a
> standard of quality.  Try the demo files you find there, and you will
> see how miserably Word fails to find even the most trivial mistakes of
> English usage.
>
> After searching the net and reading a few papers by specialists in
> this area, my conclusion was that the state of the art of the current
> technology is simply not good enough for solving this problem in a
> satisfactory manner.  The best solutions nowadays rely on data bases
> that hold patterns of known abuses of a language and search for those
> patterns in the text.  So don't expect too much from the few solutions
> I suggest below.
>
> One program that is free software is `diction' (you can find it on GNU
> ftp servers); there's diction.el that provides a rather simple Emacs
> front end to it.
>
> There's also style-checker
> (http://www.cs.umd.edu/~nspring/software/style-check-readme.html),
> which is written in Ruby; I'm not aware of any Emacs feature that uses
> it, but it shouldn't be hard to write one, or maybe write an Elisp
> style checker that just uses the data base which comes with this
> package.
>
> Yet another tool is grac (http://grac.sourceforge.net/).  Again, I
> don't know about any Emacs interfaces to it.
>
> HTH

well, still thank  you for telling me that.



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