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  • spell check dictionary and use

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    I hope someone else know how to manipulate the alpha spell checker.

    Adding a word that is close to the misspelling never shows up. The buttons on the right are grayed out. See image?


    Is there a file I am missing somewhere. I am currently in the developer. Have not tried it with runtime so far.

    edit: seems to work on all files except rtfmemo. When the error is in that type field is where the problems arise, especially with names.
    Last edited by DaveM; 12-23-2014, 01:57 PM.
    Dave Mason
    [email protected]
    Skype is dave.mason46

  • #2
    Re: spell check dictionary and use

    Words added to the spell checker should be found stored in

    C:\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Alpha Software\<Alpha version name>

    in the

    user_dict.txt file.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: spell check dictionary and use

      Dave, perhaps you can grab the text property of the rtf string and store that in the spell checker text file. I'll be surprised if you can store binary RTF data in a TXT file.


      • #4
        Re: spell check dictionary and use

        Thanks Stan.

        It does store the words there that are added, but does not check it on spell check and that is after restarting all including a computer restart.

        Tom, Thank you. I already did that to no avail. The rtf text goes in ok, but see answer to Stan.

        Other part is the buttons on the right get grayed out or I could add to the alpha file and not the secondary file.
        Dave Mason
        [email protected]
        Skype is dave.mason46


        • #5
          Re: spell check dictionary and use

          Here, on V11, you can manually add words to the user_dict (wordpad) and they are used to check an rtf memo field if the spell checker is invoked.

          Looks like the rtf toolbar has a separate spell checker for rtf fields.

          There can be only one.


          • #6
            Re: spell check dictionary and use

            With help from you both, I have what I wanted and it works.
            Dave Mason
            [email protected]
            Skype is dave.mason46


            • #7
              Re: spell check dictionary and use

              Just a heads up, folks... I know Dave's issue may be resolved, but I just ran into a similar issue this past week.

              I found that there seems to be a limit in either the number of words, or the number of characters, that can be added in the user_dict.txt file. Well, not in the file itself, but in how far down Alpha reads the file. After a certain point (I can check if desired), Alpha stops reading the words that are added. (Version 12 - Anywhere 3)

              I discovered the limits when I tried to add a significant list of industry specific terms to the existing system. Searches on the board also echo my observations.

              I ended up building a modernized version for our software. It's not 100% done, but functional. I have not addressed memo fields, since I only use them sparingly. I don't see an easy way to remove/replace the existing ABC button, there.

              (I think the Alpha team might better have better used a table for added words, as they do with the Speed Glossary. The internal system would be fine if this was done, although the interface is dated looking.)

              You can probably extend the capabilities of the existing system, and use a table for new words. (Still an issue with memo fields...) For the Internal functions, go to the Interactive Window and type:


              You can use Soundex() and variants for building logic. My original intention was to give a face lift to the existing system, but being that the desktop gets little attention from Team Alpha these days, I accepted the challenge of a rebuild to avoid future challenges.

              If building your own, look at ActiveDrilldown() and variants. The variants come into play with an embedded browse versus parent fields, and also where you place the button for the trigger; on a toolbar, or on the form. Use .type() to avoid numeric fields, and the like. I had already created an on screen keyboard, so a complete rebuild was easier for me.

              Word lists are available on the web, but that was a couple good hours to import and clean up the data.

              I used a HTML text box so I could highlight the misspelled word. I'll probably re-engineer the on screen keyboard to use an HTML box in the window onit so I can highlight a misspelled word as the user types. Well, maybe not. It depends on time.

              I hope this helps the next person that runs into this. As time goes by, it seems the internal Spell Check will become less and less functional as more and more words need to be added year after year. The existing system doesn't recognize Google as a word, so it's already very dated.

              SPELL CHECK.jpg
              Last edited by CraigSchumacker; 12-28-2014, 10:33 AM.


              • #8
                Re: spell check dictionary and use

                The issue was resolved as far as how to do this thanks mostly to tom. You have to get the text into a text string where you can spell check it, then blank the rtfmemo field and then put the corrected text back in. There may be more efficient ways to do this, but this worked.

                ‘ DIM shared thisfilenum AS c
                thisfilenum = parentform:Filenum.value
                dim thetext as c
                dim t as P
                dim fname as c = "chimcom"
                dim shared newtext as c
                dim ti as P
                t = table.get("chimney")
                query.filter = "file_num = var->thisfilenum"
                query.options = "D"
                qry = t.query_create()
                thetext = RTF_FIELD_TO_TEXT(var->fname)
                ‘ clear the rtf memo field of current text 
                tbl = table.get("pool")
                 fld = tbl.field_get("comments")
                't.comments.value = ""
                ti = A5_SPELLCHECKSTRING(var->thetext,"text","rtf",.t.)
                var->newtext = ti.text
                ‘Replace the deleted text with the text that was spell checked
                Dim TextToInsert as c
                Dim FontNameSizeAttrib as c 
                Dim InsertPos as n 
                Dim FontColor as c
                TextToInsert = a5_eval_expression("=Var->newtext",local_variables())
                FontNameSizeAttrib  = "Arial,9"
                InsertPos = -1
                FontColor = "black"
                Dim TempObj as p
                dim readonly_flag as l	
                TempObj = obj(":"+"Pool_comments")
                readonly_flag = TempObj.field.readonly
                if readonly_flag = .t. then 
                	ui_msg_box("Error","Cannot insert text into RTF Memo field '"+"Pool_comments"+"' because it is read-only",UI_STOP_SYMBOL)
                	dim Tbl as p 
                	Tbl = tempobj.Field_Get().table_get()
                	dim MemoFieldName as c 
                	MemoFieldName = tempobj.field_get().name_get()
                	'Now activate the RTF memo, or else it will not show the newly inserted text
                	if InsertPos = -1 then 'inserting at end of field
                		tempobj.topparent.cursor_set(InsertPos + len(TextToInsert))
                	end if 
                end if
                ' remember to clear the query
                Maybe it will help someone else.
                Last edited by DaveM; 01-17-2015, 03:52 PM.
                Dave Mason
                [email protected]
                Skype is dave.mason46