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For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the option to
catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more commonly typed correctly
can be treated as "mistypes" and removed from the list. Then one could come
back to this list for further study. Maybe a simple interface that can print
a study list and does a spelling test type routine: Computer says the word,
you type the word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes
the common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing skills.

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Thumbs up Answer: Word should catalog misspelled words to study.

That's a great suggestion! While Word doesn't currently have a feature to catalog misspelled words for study, there are a few workarounds you can try.

One option is to use the AutoCorrect feature in Word. You can add commonly misspelled words to the AutoCorrect list, so that Word will automatically correct them as you type. To do this,
  1. go to the File menu,
  2. select Options,
  3. and then select Proofing.
From there, click on the AutoCorrect Options button. In the AutoCorrect dialog box, you can add the misspelled word in the "Replace" field and the correct spelling in the "With" field. This way, you'll be able to see the correct spelling as you type, and eventually, you'll learn to spell the word correctly on your own.

Another option is to use the Spelling & Grammar feature in Word. When you run a spell check, Word will highlight any misspelled words and offer suggestions for correct spellings. You can then make note of any words you consistently misspell and practice spelling them correctly on your own.

As for your suggestion for a study list and spelling test routine, that would be a great addition to Word! I recommend submitting your suggestion to Microsoft through their feedback channels, as they are always looking for ways to improve their products based on user feedback.
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Default Word should catalog misspelled words to study.

Word is not a typing application. Word does make it easier to work around
common typos, however. When you right-click on a word marked as misspelled,
instead of selecting the correct spelling, you can click on AutoCorrect and
choose the correct spelling. From then on, whenever you type, for example,
"sotre" (one of my bugaboos), you'll get "store" automatically.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the option

to
catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more commonly typed

correctly
can be treated as "mistypes" and removed from the list. Then one could

come
back to this list for further study. Maybe a simple interface that can

print
a study list and does a spelling test type routine: Computer says the

word,
you type the word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes
the common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing

skills.

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suggestions with the most votes. To vote for this suggestion, click the "I
Agree" button in the message pane. If you do not see the button, follow

this
link to open the suggestion in the Microsoft Web-based Newsreader and then
click "I Agree" in the message pane.


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rndthought wrote:
For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the
option to catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more
commonly typed correctly can be treated as "mistypes" and removed
from the list. Then one could come back to this list for further
study. Maybe a simple interface that can print a study list and does
a spelling test type routine: Computer says the word, you type the
word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes the
common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing
skills.


I don't agree that Word should be cluttered with this sort of thing. If you
want a typing tutor, look for the "Mavis Beason Teaches Typing" program from
Broderbund.

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While not as comprehesive as you suggest, you might find the following
useful:

http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/List_Spelling_Errors.htm



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Suzanne,

I think you miss the point of my suggestion and maybe I confused it by going
into the whole Typing Practice thing. That was really an afterthought.

It would be a feature, if enabled, which would allow the creation of a list
of words that the user can study. This feature would be useful for anyone to
continue to enhance their vocabulary and more specifically for students who
need to work on spelling. The Word application as it is does a fine job of
auto correcting and a superb job of offering suggested corrections.

Thank you for your feed back.


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Word is not a typing application. Word does make it easier to work around
common typos, however. When you right-click on a word marked as misspelled,
instead of selecting the correct spelling, you can click on AutoCorrect and
choose the correct spelling. From then on, whenever you type, for example,
"sotre" (one of my bugaboos), you'll get "store" automatically.


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Jay,

Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful feed back. However, the typing
tutor aspect was secondary to the building of a list of possible study words.


"Jay Freedman" wrote:

I don't agree that Word should be cluttered with this sort of thing. If you
want a typing tutor, look for the "Mavis Beason Teaches Typing" program from
Broderbund.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org



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Greg,

Thank you. It would require turning off the Auto Correct feature and not
correcting any spelling errors during the creation of the document.
Subsequently, it would require manually determining the intended word,
potentially difficult to do when pulled out of context.

Although I have no idea how to implement this as yet, I will ask if someone
in the office can help. The instructions look clear for someone who has even
a slight idea of how this works.

Something like this with a bit more automation would be perfect.

Thank you again.


"Greg" wrote:

While not as comprehesive as you suggest, you might find the following
useful:

http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/List_Spelling_Errors.htm


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Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be all things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word developers will ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

I think you miss the point of my suggestion and maybe I confused it by

going
into the whole Typing Practice thing. That was really an afterthought.

It would be a feature, if enabled, which would allow the creation of a

list
of words that the user can study. This feature would be useful for anyone

to
continue to enhance their vocabulary and more specifically for students

who
need to work on spelling. The Word application as it is does a fine job

of
auto correcting and a superb job of offering suggested corrections.

Thank you for your feed back.


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Word is not a typing application. Word does make it easier to work

around
common typos, however. When you right-click on a word marked as

misspelled,
instead of selecting the correct spelling, you can click on AutoCorrect

and
choose the correct spelling. From then on, whenever you type, for

example,
"sotre" (one of my bugaboos), you'll get "store" automatically.



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Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things. As for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in Word show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC, auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS Word most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word processor or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information accurately...where then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete change in the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option (or if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities. Why so much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be all things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word developers will ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
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A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to say and how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this purpose. Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create letters and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that they either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the first instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things. As for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or

focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in Word

show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC, auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS Word

most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word processor

or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information accurately...where

then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete change in the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option (or if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities. Why so

much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be all

things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word developers will

ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.



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Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to say and how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this purpose. Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create letters and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that they either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the first instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things. As for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or

focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in Word

show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC, auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS Word

most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word processor

or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information accurately...where

then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete change in the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option (or if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities. Why so

much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be all

things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word developers will

ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.




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I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word does. Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing facility to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to say and

how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this purpose.

Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target

market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create letters

and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that they

either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their

spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the first

instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things. As

for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or

focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in Word

show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC,

auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS

Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word

processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a

program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information accurately...where

then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete change in

the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option (or

if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities. Why

so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be all

things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word developers

will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.





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Tony,

First, dont debase yourself. You do not half to, you choose to. Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how word processing explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity barrier it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply absurd and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program daily but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still baffling It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word does. Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing facility to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to say and

how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this purpose.

Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target

market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create letters

and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that they

either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their

spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the first

instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things. As

for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC,

auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS

Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word

processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a

program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete change in

the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option (or

if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities. Why

so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word developers

will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.






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I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software (very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it. In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet access and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for 15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection) that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small subset of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.

Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing" explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further

study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no

reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity barrier

it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply absurd

and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to

the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program daily

but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not

always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still baffling.

It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful

comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word does.

Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide

every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it

someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing facility

to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things

clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to say

and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you

mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this

purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target

market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create

letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that they

either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their

spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the first

instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things.

As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in

Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of

TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering

Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS

Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word

processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a

program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of

documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information

accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete

change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option

(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that

could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities.

Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be

all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to

incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
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Suzanne S. Barnhill
 
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Following up on this, the spelling function would be a perfect application
for a Word add-in, to be added in only by those interested in using it (and
willing to take the performance hit that would inevitably result).

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software (very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of course,

is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would

have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it.

In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word

does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and

there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet access

and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for 15

a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't

want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection) that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small subset

of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.

Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing" explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further

study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no

reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity barrier

it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply absurd

and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to

the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program daily

but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not

always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the

real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful

comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word

does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide

every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it

someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality

is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things

clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to

say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you

mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this

purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge

target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like)

and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create

letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that

they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the

first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions"

(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in

Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of

TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering

Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that

MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in

a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of

documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information

accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete

change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an

option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that

could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities.

Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to

be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to

incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.









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If joining (or re-joining a healthy fray) is debasement, then I to am
heading to de basement ;-).
You and Tony both appear to enjoy a good argument. So what's good for
the goose is good for the gander.

Personnally I am a terrible speller (actually I know how to spell, but
I am a careless typer and poor proofreader). I noticed with amusement
that you emphasize your spelling of "half to." Ok, half is spelled
correctly, but the English teacher would still make a mark on your
paper.

How would the enhanceement to Word you propose handle that? ;-)

I would wager heavily that the powers at Microsoft have the wherewithal
create a spelling enhancer like you envison, but at the end of the day
I don't feel that they will do so for the reasons that Suzanne and Tony
have put forth. I will add that it certainly isn't something that I
would want to pay extra for.

The List Spelling Errors Addin that I have posted on my website was
more a result of my personal efforts to learn how to use Class Modules
in VBA than enhance my spelling. Yes it is limited. I thought about
the enhancements that you recommended and quickly realized that
achieving them was far beyond my capability.

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I am almost positive this group *has* seen requests that Word should solve
crosswords. Or perhaps I have it confused with the request that Word should
help write poetry by providing a rhyming dictionary.

Not to mention all the demands that Word should include a template for "how
to word a cover letter", a template for a letter of condolence to a friend,
a template for a letter of reprimand for an employee, etc, etc, etc.

Rndthought,

Suzanne's resistance to your idea comes from a context of seeing years of
ridiculous requests for Word. The ability to "export a list of misspelled
words in this document" could be quite useful, and I might vote for that,
but Greg's add-in has it covered.

But I am *solidly* against any implication that it is Word's responsibility
to teach people how to spell, and that's what you seemed to be asking.

I personally think that the more we depend on computer programs to *think*
for us on an everyday level, the closer we move to the apocalypse. So
resisting such a suggestion becomes a matter of principle.


On 12/6/05 1:51 AM, "Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word does. Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.


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Thank you Suzanne.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Following up on this, the spelling function would be a perfect application
for a Word add-in, to be added in only by those interested in using it (and
willing to take the performance hit that would inevitably result).

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software (very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of course,

is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would

have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it.

In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word

does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and

there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet access

and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for £15

a
month. I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't

want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection) that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small subset

of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.

Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing" explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further

study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no

reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity barrier

it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply absurd

and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to

the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program daily

but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not

always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the

real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful

comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word

does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide

every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it

someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality

is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things

clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to

say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you

mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this

purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge

target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like)

and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create

letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that

they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the

first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions"

(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in

Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of

TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering

Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that

MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in

a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of

documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information

accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete

change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an

option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that

could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities.

Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to

be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to

incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.










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Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didnt come across as I intended.
Im sorry.

That MS Word shouldnt do anything hasnt been any concern of mine. All of
you have attention focused on explaining what Id like it to do! And
hopefully Ive been respectful and friendly throughout with one exception to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto correct is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list from spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly trivial compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All Ive mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back into the text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. Ill leave grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a feature in MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every release has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again all those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry, insipid math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) havent been a concern of mine. The points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much more than word
processing. So saying that a feature that deals with spelling is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study aidwhy not?
Why not state MS Word isnt a HTML code writing tool, go use (whatever MS
product is for that) or MS Word isnt a layout tool, go use MS Publisher if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are there. So
arguing that if a feature isnt already there then it should not be included
just doesnt stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would first, over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost issues, that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then well be at agreement and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not, Im still going
to bed and Id still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I dont believe the broadband parallel is much better. I
dont do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for you Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons better than Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word processing as

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software (very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it. In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet access and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for £15 a
month. I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection) that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small subset of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.

Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing" explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further

study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no

reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity barrier

it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply absurd

and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to

the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program daily

but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not

always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still baffling.

It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful

comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word does.

Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide

every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it

someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing facility

to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things

clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to say

and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you

mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this

purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create

letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all things.

As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions" (or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in

Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of

TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering

Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of

documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information

accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete

change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an option

(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that

could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities.

Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to be

all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to

incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
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Suzanne,

wink I'll buy you two pints!

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Following up on this, the spelling function would be a perfect application
for a Word add-in, to be added in only by those interested in using it (and
willing to take the performance hit that would inevitably result).

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software (very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of course,

is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would

have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it.

In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word

does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and

there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet access

and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for £15

a
month. I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't

want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection) that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small subset

of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.

Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing" explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further

study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no

reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity barrier

it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply absurd

and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to

the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program daily

but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not

always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the

real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful

comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word

does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide

every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it

someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality

is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get things

clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to

say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you

mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this

purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge

target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like)

and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create

letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that

they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the

first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions"

(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities in

Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of

TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering

Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me that

MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong in

a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of

documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information

accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete

change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an

option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that

could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling abilities.

Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to

be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to

incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.










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Suzanne S. Barnhill
 
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And I emphasize that by this I meant a third-party add-in, not something
provided by Microsoft. There is a thriving community of Word developers
outside of Microsoft, people like Bill Coan, with his DataPrompter add-in
(which I find very helpful since I'm VBA-less). In addition to commercial
add-ins (sold to anyone who's interested), these developers also provide
custom solutions to those who require them (and are willing to pay). The
bottom line on all of this is economic: we've been told repeatedly that
every proposed function requires a business case, that is, what is the ratio
of the cost to develop to the demand for the feature? Would a feature be
attractive to enough people to sell enough extra copies of Office to make it
worth the cost to develop it?

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Thank you Suzanne.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Following up on this, the spelling function would be a perfect

application
for a Word add-in, to be added in only by those interested in using it

(and
willing to take the performance hit that would inevitably result).

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with

Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it

probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I

would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software

(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never

seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is

pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as

you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many

documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of

course,
is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you

are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would

have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected

it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result

in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with

it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word

does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and

there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more

that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.

Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet

access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for

£15
a
month. I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't

want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection)

that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my

machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable

for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small

subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"

explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for

further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity

barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was

selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place.

The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply

absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close

to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program

daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in

the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and

I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so

disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word

does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,

provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated

functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get

things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want

to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions

you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge

target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the

like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to

create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that

they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct

their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the

first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary

functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities

in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation

of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,

altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me

that
MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned

word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't

belong in
a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an

option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion)

that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling

abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying

to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups

to
the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.











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A gracious close to a stimulating discussion. One last question.

Why can't I have one pint for the new aquantenance and one for posting and
providing a simple start to to the best damned spelling enhancer the world
has every seen!

--
Greg Maxey/Word MVP
See:
http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/word_tips.htm
For some helpful tips using Word.

rndthought wrote:
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I
intended. I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of mine.
All of you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to
do! And hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with
one exception to you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks
it against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head
there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto correct
is fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list
from spell checker would not seemingly over tax the system.
Certainly trivial compared to the UNDO feature that is undetectable
in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All
I've mused about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed
back into the text to voice feature that is already a feature in MS
Word. I'll leave grammar enhancements to the grammar checker that
is, again, already a feature in MS Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every release
has aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again
all those other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry,
insipid math puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern
of mine. The points were brought up simply to demonstrate it already
does so much more than "word processing." So saying that a feature
that deals with spelling is ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous.
MS Word is not a study aid.why not? Why not state MS Word isn't a
HTML code writing tool, go use (whatever MS product is for that) or
MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS Publisher if you want photos
in a document. Why, because those features are there. So arguing
that if a feature isn't already there then it should not be included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are
opposed because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words
would first, over tax the system and second, add too much additional
cost to the product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost issues,
that then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at
agreement and I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances!
If not, I'm still going to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much better.
I don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for
you Greg ) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons
better than Word Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling
is to word processing as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with
Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it
probably shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In
particular I would say that it should leave web page design to other
dedicated software (very few people actually like what Word does
with web pages and I've never seen it recommended as a tool for
this). What it can do with images is pretty limited. What it does
with embedded objects (not actually as much as you might think) is
almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of
course, is that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid
and what you are suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday
activity; it would have to keep track of every word you typed and
whether or not you corrected it (or maybe just changed it later -
because not all misspellings result in invalid words) or it was
autocorrected or it was picked up by the spellchecker (or the
grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it. In fact the more
I think about what it would have to do to effectively implement such
a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands.
Word does a certain type of manipulation of words and other document
content and there are other programs which do other types of
manipulation. The more that's bundled together, the more it would
cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a better analogy would be this:
I have just got broadband Internet access and I looked at the
various packages that were available. I bought one for 15 a month.
I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet
connection) that were included in the AOL package; I didn't want
them running on my machine and I didn't want to pay for them. Your
suggestion (not unreasonable for a separately purchased addon) would
be attractive to a fairly small subset of current, or prospective,
Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.
Second, neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word
processing" explicitly excludes building a personalized list of
misspelled words for further study, personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no
reason). If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews,
embed Excel tables able to be edited from within the document and
manipulate image characteristics; the word processor has shattered
the complexity barrier it would take to build a simple list file -
if the option was selected - of misspelled words. The text to
voice feature is already in place. The argument that my request
would add too much complexity is simply absurd and baseless. My
suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program
daily but it is on essentially every school computer in my
district, it is not always possible to rely on the crutch of spell
check and auto replace in the real word. This spelling tutor
feature is one from which my children and I believe many children
and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still
baffling. It is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be
so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the
thoughtful comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word
does. Just because it uses words does not mean that it does, or
should, provide every imaginable function that might also use
words; before you know it someone will be suggesting that it solve
crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated
functionality is likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a
dish-washing facility to your washing machine; they both use water
and detergent to get things clean, so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in
message ...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to
say and how to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the
functions you mention (such as automatic creation of TOCs) are
fundamental to this purpose. Auto formatting certainly
facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target market for
Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create
letters and reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is
assumed that they either know how to spell or will depend on
spell check to correct their spelling. I'll grant you that this
is an unreasonable assumption in the first instance and a
dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in
message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all
things. As for keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the
"primary functions" (or focus)... I believe even a cursory
overview of the options and abilities in Word show's the ship
has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC, auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering
Image attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to
me that MS Word most definitely has higher aspirations than
that of a functioned word processor or computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong
in a program whose primary purpose is to type words in the
creation of documents, presumably for purpose of communicating
information accurately...where then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete
change in the interface (which is coming in the next
version)...simply an option (or if possible a macro as Greg has
shown in a limited fashion) that could be enabled for those
that wish to expand their spelling abilities.

Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to
be all things to all people. I don't imagine, however, that
the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to
incorporate features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to
the newsgroup so all may benefit.



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Greg,

We all headed underground eventually, just a matter of time. I defer to my
Tony response but in an attempt to not spoil all your fun, will respond to a
couple of things.

As for my "half to" mistake, kudos. Im only looking at misspelled words.
Misspelled words that are actually another word would seemingly fall to the
grammar department in this case. Hay, maybe a grammar mistake logger!!!
Nothing is 100% and I dont expect that from anything. Nothing substitutes
for proof reading. However, Ill bet a pint that the next version of MS Word
will catch that very mistake in its already existing impressive grammar check
feature.

And I would not take that bet! No doubt Microsoft could change the rotation
of the earth were it their whim. But all of this is neither here nor there.
Im only saying it would be a great feature, I see merit in it. Im not
equipped to lay out how to implement it or how much it would cost.

However, what little I do know seems to say it would not be that difficult.
The majority of the infrastructure is already present. MS Word already
checks every word against the dictionary in real time and designates
unrecognized words with red underlines. The text to voice feature is there.
How hard would it be to log every time a red underlined word is changed to a
recognized word and then have them sounded back? For sure it will be more
complicated than I imagine but not bog the system down intensive.

Certainly implementing alterations using VBA may be far beyond both of our
capabilities (I hope you didnt feel I was asking you to?) but this may be a
very simple thing for somebody like a MS programmer!

You never know till you ask.

Thanks for the comments Greg! And for what it is worth, your List Spelling
Errors mod is a great little item. I have two people interested in it
already and for two entirely different reasons!


"Greg" wrote:

If joining (or re-joining a healthy fray) is debasement, then I to am
heading to de basement ;-).
You and Tony both appear to enjoy a good argument. So what's good for
the goose is good for the gander.

Personnally I am a terrible speller (actually I know how to spell, but
I am a careless typer and poor proofreader). I noticed with amusement
that you emphasize your spelling of "half to." Ok, half is spelled
correctly, but the English teacher would still make a mark on your
paper.

How would the enhanceement to Word you propose handle that? ;-)

I would wager heavily that the powers at Microsoft have the wherewithal
create a spelling enhancer like you envison, but at the end of the day
I don't feel that they will do so for the reasons that Suzanne and Tony
have put forth. I will add that it certainly isn't something that I
would want to pay extra for.

The List Spelling Errors Addin that I have posted on my website was
more a result of my personal efforts to learn how to use Class Modules
in VBA than enhance my spelling. Yes it is limited. I thought about
the enhancements that you recommended and quickly realized that
achieving them was far beyond my capability.


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Daiya,

The requests you and all the rest have witnessed, my wildest fantasies
wouldnt come close. But talk of apocalypses and such just doesnt fit the
simple thing Ive suggested. Quite the contrary to your concern it is a way
to improve spelling, to become less dependent on computer programs. Imagine
taking pen to paper with no spell check safety net! Spelling is the base of
producing meaningful communication and if providing an option to improve this
ability is an absurd request of a word processing program as extensive as MS
Word, well I just dont see it.

Spell checker is the single most important advancement to the basic text
editor. This speaks directly to the importance of spelling. (All of this is
my opinion only, lest you think someone is holding a gun to my head telling
me to type this wink)

The addition of a spelling tutor feature or module would no more belabor MS
Word with the responsibility of teaching spelling than the automatic spell
check or grammar check features do now. In fact one could argue that MS Word
is a bad citizen, anti-education and pro-lazy by allowing users to simply
guess and stab to get close to words, auto correcting typing mistakes and
pointing out grievous grammatical errors.

Im not advocating a mallet pop out of the monitor and box the user about
the head until the correct spelling is entered or poor spellers be logged in
a national database. If you dont want to pursue better spelling, then dont
enable the feature. You are your own captain.

And what you call the apocalypse, Mr. Bill Gates calls productivity.

Thank you for the thoughtful comments. Will you please join me in a pint?


"Daiya Mitchell" wrote:

I am almost positive this group *has* seen requests that Word should solve
crosswords. Or perhaps I have it confused with the request that Word should
help write poetry by providing a rhyming dictionary.

Not to mention all the demands that Word should include a template for "how
to word a cover letter", a template for a letter of condolence to a friend,
a template for a letter of reprimand for an employee, etc, etc, etc.

Rndthought,

Suzanne's resistance to your idea comes from a context of seeing years of
ridiculous requests for Word. The ability to "export a list of misspelled
words in this document" could be quite useful, and I might vote for that,
but Greg's add-in has it covered.

But I am *solidly* against any implication that it is Word's responsibility
to teach people how to spell, and that's what you seemed to be asking.

I personally think that the more we depend on computer programs to *think*
for us on an everyday level, the closer we move to the apocalypse. So
resisting such a suggestion becomes a matter of principle.


On 12/6/05 1:51 AM, "Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word does. Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.





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Suzanne,

I bow to you the MS bean counters and pray that third party bean counters
have less acumen.

Thank you for the clarification lest I believe you yielded even one small
point to me! (Flurries of arms and deepest of bows)

Can we have that pint now?



"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

And I emphasize that by this I meant a third-party add-in, not something
provided by Microsoft. There is a thriving community of Word developers
outside of Microsoft, people like Bill Coan, with his DataPrompter add-in
(which I find very helpful since I'm VBA-less). In addition to commercial
add-ins (sold to anyone who's interested), these developers also provide
custom solutions to those who require them (and are willing to pay). The
bottom line on all of this is economic: we've been told repeatedly that
every proposed function requires a business case, that is, what is the ratio
of the cost to develop to the demand for the feature? Would a feature be
attractive to enough people to sell enough extra copies of Office to make it
worth the cost to develop it?

--
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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Thank you Suzanne.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Following up on this, the spelling function would be a perfect

application
for a Word add-in, to be added in only by those interested in using it

(and
willing to take the performance hit that would inevitably result).

--
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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with

Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it

probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I

would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software

(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never

seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is

pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as

you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many

documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of

course,
is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you

are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected

it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result

in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with

it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more

that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.

Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet

access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for

£15
a
month. I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection)

that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my

machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable

for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small

subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"

explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for

further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel
tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity

barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was

selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place.

The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply

absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close

to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program

daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in

the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and

I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still
baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so

disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,

provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated

functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing
facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get

things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want

to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions

you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the

like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to

create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct

their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

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newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in
message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all
things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary

functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities

in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation

of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,

altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me

that
MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned

word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't

belong in
a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an
option

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Not one damn reason I can think of...but must warn you I'm about 5 ahead of
all of you!

Thank you Greg. And if I pass out, tell the keep they are all on me!

"Greg Maxey" wrote:

A gracious close to a stimulating discussion. One last question.

Why can't I have one pint for the new aquantenance and one for posting and
providing a simple start to to the best damned spelling enhancer the world
has every seen!

--
Greg Maxey/Word MVP
See:
http://gregmaxey.mvps.org/word_tips.htm
For some helpful tips using Word.

rndthought wrote:
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I
intended. I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of mine.
All of you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to
do! And hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with
one exception to you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks
it against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head
there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto correct
is fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list
from spell checker would not seemingly over tax the system.
Certainly trivial compared to the UNDO feature that is undetectable
in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All
I've mused about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed
back into the text to voice feature that is already a feature in MS
Word. I'll leave grammar enhancements to the grammar checker that
is, again, already a feature in MS Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every release
has aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again
all those other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry,
insipid math puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern
of mine. The points were brought up simply to demonstrate it already
does so much more than "word processing." So saying that a feature
that deals with spelling is ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous.
MS Word is not a study aid.why not? Why not state MS Word isn't a
HTML code writing tool, go use (whatever MS product is for that) or
MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS Publisher if you want photos
in a document. Why, because those features are there. So arguing
that if a feature isn't already there then it should not be included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are
opposed because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words
would first, over tax the system and second, add too much additional
cost to the product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost issues,
that then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at
agreement and I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances!
If not, I'm still going to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much better.
I don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for
you Greg ) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons
better than Word Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling
is to word processing as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with
Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it
probably shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In
particular I would say that it should leave web page design to other
dedicated software (very few people actually like what Word does
with web pages and I've never seen it recommended as a tool for
this). What it can do with images is pretty limited. What it does
with embedded objects (not actually as much as you might think) is
almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of
course, is that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid
and what you are suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday
activity; it would have to keep track of every word you typed and
whether or not you corrected it (or maybe just changed it later -
because not all misspellings result in invalid words) or it was
autocorrected or it was picked up by the spellchecker (or the
grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it. In fact the more
I think about what it would have to do to effectively implement such
a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands.
Word does a certain type of manipulation of words and other document
content and there are other programs which do other types of
manipulation. The more that's bundled together, the more it would
cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps a better analogy would be this:
I have just got broadband Internet access and I looked at the
various packages that were available. I bought one for £15 a month.
I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet
connection) that were included in the AOL package; I didn't want
them running on my machine and I didn't want to pay for them. Your
suggestion (not unreasonable for a separately purchased addon) would
be attractive to a fairly small subset of current, or prospective,
Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.
Second, neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word
processing" explicitly excludes building a personalized list of
misspelled words for further study, personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no
reason). If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews,
embed Excel tables able to be edited from within the document and
manipulate image characteristics; the word processor has shattered
the complexity barrier it would take to build a simple list file -
if the option was selected - of misspelled words. The text to
voice feature is already in place. The argument that my request
would add too much complexity is simply absurd and baseless. My
suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close to the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program
daily but it is on essentially every school computer in my
district, it is not always possible to rely on the crutch of spell
check and auto replace in the real word. This spelling tutor
feature is one from which my children and I believe many children
and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still
baffling. It is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be
so disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the
thoughtful comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word
does. Just because it uses words does not mean that it does, or
should, provide every imaginable function that might also use
words; before you know it someone will be suggesting that it solve
crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated
functionality is likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a
dish-washing facility to your washing machine; they both use water
and detergent to get things clean, so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in
message ...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to
say and how to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the
functions you mention (such as automatic creation of TOCs) are
fundamental to this purpose. Auto formatting certainly
facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge target market for
Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like) and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create
letters and reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is
assumed that they either know how to spell or will depend on
spell check to correct their spelling. I'll grant you that this
is an unreasonable assumption in the first instance and a
dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
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newsgroup so all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in
message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all
things. As for keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the
"primary functions" (or focus)... I believe even a cursory
overview of the options and abilities in Word show's the ship
has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of TOC, auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering
Image attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to
me that MS Word most definitely has higher aspirations than
that of a functioned word processor or computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong
in a program whose primary purpose is to type words in the
creation of documents, presumably for purpose of communicating
information accurately...where then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete
change in the interface (which is coming in the next
version)...simply an option (or if possible a macro as Greg has
shown in a limited fashion) that could be enabled for those
that wish to expand their spelling abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to
be all things to all people. I don't imagine, however, that
the Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to
incorporate features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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Got to keep a clear head now--I'm working on my Rotary bulletin for
tomorrow's meeting--but thanks!

--
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Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne,

I bow to you the MS bean counters and pray that third party bean counters
have less acumen.

Thank you for the clarification lest I believe you yielded even one small
point to me! (Flurries of arms and deepest of bows)

Can we have that pint now?



"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

And I emphasize that by this I meant a third-party add-in, not something
provided by Microsoft. There is a thriving community of Word developers
outside of Microsoft, people like Bill Coan, with his DataPrompter

add-in
(which I find very helpful since I'm VBA-less). In addition to

commercial
add-ins (sold to anyone who's interested), these developers also provide
custom solutions to those who require them (and are willing to pay). The
bottom line on all of this is economic: we've been told repeatedly that
every proposed function requires a business case, that is, what is the

ratio
of the cost to develop to the demand for the feature? Would a feature be
attractive to enough people to sell enough extra copies of Office to

make it
worth the cost to develop it?

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Thank you Suzanne.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Following up on this, the spelling function would be a perfect

application
for a Word add-in, to be added in only by those interested in using

it
(and
willing to take the performance hit that would inevitably result).

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with

Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it

probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular

I
would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated

software
(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've

never
seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is

pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much

as
you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many

documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of

course,
is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what

you
are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it

would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you

corrected
it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings

result
in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did

with
it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to

effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be

done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands.

Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content

and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more

that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.

Perhaps a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet

access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one

for
£15
a
month. I could have bought one for £30 a month (AOL, say) but I

didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet

connection)
that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my

machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not

unreasonable
for a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small

subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for

it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose

to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"

explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for

further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for

no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed

Excel
tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity

barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was

selected - of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in

place.
The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply

absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not

close
to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to

word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the

program
daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is

not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace

in
the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children

and
I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still
baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so

disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the

thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what

Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,

provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know

it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated

functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing
facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get

things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they

want
to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the

functions
you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to

this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a

huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the

like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to

create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed

that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct

their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in

the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups

to
the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote

in
message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be

all
things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary

functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and

abilities
in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto

creation
of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,

altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to

me
that
MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a

functioned
word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't

belong in
a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation

of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a

complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply

an
option


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On 12/6/05 8:25 PM, "rndthought" wrote:

And what you call the apocalypse, Mr. Bill Gates calls productivity.


Yes, that is very true. Nicely stated. The general ethos around developing
and marketing Word does seem to be that it ought to do everything for the
user, right up to thinking. I personally disagree, but I admit it's a line
in the sand that I'm trying to draw.

Thank you for the thoughtful comments. Will you please join me in a pint?


Only if mine can be cider.

Daiya

--
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Word FAQ: http://www.word.mvps.org/
MacWord Tips: http://www.word.mvps.org/MacWordNew/
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Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for some. What I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it should be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns: cost and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software and I watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot of bells and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor (and I know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want from Word is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a graphics editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage (although I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity. The more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be compromised. By and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is plenty scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that suggests it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy new interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity engine is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only a little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real time, but that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more to fully do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost any function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in. Working with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of options but it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will take a look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of mine. All

of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to do! And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with one exception

to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto correct is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list from spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly trivial

compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All I've

mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back into the

text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll leave grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a feature in

MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every release has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again all those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry, insipid math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of mine. The

points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much more than

"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with spelling is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study aid.why

not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use (whatever MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS Publisher

if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are there. So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should not be

included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would first,

over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost issues, that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at agreement

and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not, I'm still

going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much better. I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for you

Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons better than

Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word processing

as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with

Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I

would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software

(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never

seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of

course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you

are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would

have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected

it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with it.

In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word

does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and

there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy. Perhaps

a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet access

and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for

15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't

want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection)

that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my

machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable for

a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small subset

of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.

Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"

explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for further

study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no

reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity

barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was selected -

of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place. The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply

absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close

to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program

daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not

always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in the

real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so

disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful

comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word

does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should, provide

every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it

someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated functionality

is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get

things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want to

say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions you

mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this

purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge

target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the like)

and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to create

letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that

they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the

first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary functions"

(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities

in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation of

TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents, altering

Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me

that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned

word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't belong

in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of

documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information

accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete

change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an

option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion) that

could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling

abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying to

be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word

developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to

incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.













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If you want to understand the reasoning behind the "fancy new interface," I
suggest you read Jensen Harris's series of blogs about the history of the
Word UI and the rationale for the new one. My reservations about the new UI
(aside from fears that it will be much more difficult for the ordinary
"power user" to customize) are that all of the developers' energy and
resources have gone into the UI, and very few of the features or bug fixes
that have been requested for several versions running will make it into this
version.

The base URL for Jensen's blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/

The History category of blog topics
(http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archiv...ory/10948.aspx) includes a
series on "Why the New UI" that I think you'll find instructive.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for some. What I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it should be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns: cost and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software and I

watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot of bells

and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor (and I

know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want from Word

is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a graphics

editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage (although I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity. The more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be compromised. By and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is plenty

scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that suggests it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy new

interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity engine is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only a little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real time, but

that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more to fully

do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost any

function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in. Working

with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of options but

it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will take a look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I

intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of mine.

All
of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to do! And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with one

exception
to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto correct is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list from

spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly trivial

compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All I've

mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back into the

text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll leave

grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a feature in

MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every release

has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again all those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry, insipid math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of mine. The

points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much more than

"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with spelling is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study aid.why

not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use (whatever

MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS Publisher

if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are there.

So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should not be

included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would first,

over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost issues,

that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at agreement

and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not, I'm still

going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much better. I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for you

Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons better than

Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word processing

as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with

Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it

probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I

would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software

(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've never

seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is

pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as

you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many

documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of

course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what you

are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it would

have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you corrected

it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings result

in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with

it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands. Word

does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content and

there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more

that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.

Perhaps
a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet

access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one for

15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I didn't

want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet connection)

that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my

machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable

for
a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small

subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"

explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for

further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity

barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was

selected -
of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place.

The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply

absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not close

to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program

daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in

the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children and

I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so

disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what Word

does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,

provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated

functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get

things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want

to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions

you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a huge

target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the

like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to

create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed that

they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct

their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in the

first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary

functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and abilities

in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto creation

of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,

altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me

that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a functioned

word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't

belong
in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply an

option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion)

that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling

abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through trying

to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups

to
the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.












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Tony Jollans
 
Posts: n/a
Default Word should catalog misspelled words to study.

Yes I keep up to date on that blog. And I do accept, in part, the rationale
for the new UI but I see more benefit to MS from a redesign than I really
do to customers en masse.

As (I thought) I said and as you seem to to also be saying, the new UI seems
to be all there is - there isn't any news of real feature correction or
improvement or addition.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
If you want to understand the reasoning behind the "fancy new interface,"

I
suggest you read Jensen Harris's series of blogs about the history of the
Word UI and the rationale for the new one. My reservations about the new

UI
(aside from fears that it will be much more difficult for the ordinary
"power user" to customize) are that all of the developers' energy and
resources have gone into the UI, and very few of the features or bug fixes
that have been requested for several versions running will make it into

this
version.

The base URL for Jensen's blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/

The History category of blog topics
(http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archiv...ory/10948.aspx) includes a
series on "Why the New UI" that I think you'll find instructive.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup

so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for some. What

I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it should

be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns: cost and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software and I

watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot of bells

and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor (and I

know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want from Word

is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a graphics

editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage (although

I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity. The more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be compromised. By

and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is plenty

scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that suggests

it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy new

interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity engine is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only a little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real time, but

that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more to fully

do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost any

function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in. Working

with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of options

but
it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will take a

look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I

intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of mine.

All
of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to do! And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with one

exception
to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks

it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto correct

is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list from

spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly trivial

compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All I've

mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back into the

text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll leave

grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a feature

in
MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every release

has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again all

those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry, insipid math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of mine. The

points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much more

than
"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with spelling is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study aid.why

not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use (whatever

MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS

Publisher
if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are there.

So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should not be

included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are

opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would

first,
over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the

product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost issues,

that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at

agreement
and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not, I'm

still
going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much better.

I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for you

Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons better

than
Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word

processing
as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with

Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it

probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular I

would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated software

(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've

never
seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is

pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much as

you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many

documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of

course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what

you
are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it

would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you

corrected
it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings

result
in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did with

it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be

done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands.

Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content

and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more

that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.

Perhaps
a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet

access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one

for
15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I

didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet

connection)
that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my

machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not unreasonable

for
a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small

subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for

it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose

to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"

explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for

further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed Excel

tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity

barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was

selected -
of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in place.

The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply

absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not

close
to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the program

daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is

not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace in

the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children

and
I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still

baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so

disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the

thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what

Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,

provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know

it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated

functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing

facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get

things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they want

to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the functions

you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a

huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the

like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to

create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed

that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct

their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in

the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to

the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be all

things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary

functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and

abilities
in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto

creation
of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,

altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to me

that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a

functioned
word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't

belong
in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a

complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply

an
option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion)

that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling

abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through

trying
to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups

to
the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.














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Suzanne S. Barnhill
 
Posts: n/a
Default Word should catalog misspelled words to study.

I think the new UI will be much more helpful to new users and casual users
than to established users. I am told, however (and must accept, since I
haven't yet had a chance to play with it), that users tend to resist the new
UI at first but surprisingly quickly come to be comfortable with it and love
it. Usability studies have been very encouraging, I'm told. Time will tell.
Many corporate giants are still using Office 2000 because the UI change in
Office XP was too much for them; this dramatic paradigm shift will really
rock their world!

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Yes I keep up to date on that blog. And I do accept, in part, the

rationale
for the new UI but I see more benefit to MS from a redesign than I really
do to customers en masse.

As (I thought) I said and as you seem to to also be saying, the new UI

seems
to be all there is - there isn't any news of real feature correction or
improvement or addition.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
If you want to understand the reasoning behind the "fancy new

interface,"
I
suggest you read Jensen Harris's series of blogs about the history of

the
Word UI and the rationale for the new one. My reservations about the new

UI
(aside from fears that it will be much more difficult for the ordinary
"power user" to customize) are that all of the developers' energy and
resources have gone into the UI, and very few of the features or bug

fixes
that have been requested for several versions running will make it into

this
version.

The base URL for Jensen's blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/

The History category of blog topics
(http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archiv...ory/10948.aspx) includes a
series on "Why the New UI" that I think you'll find instructive.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup
so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for some.

What
I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it should

be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns: cost

and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software and I

watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot of

bells
and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor (and

I
know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want from

Word
is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a graphics

editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage

(although
I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity. The more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be compromised. By

and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is plenty

scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting

excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that

suggests
it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for

example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy new

interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity engine is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and

properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only a

little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real time, but

that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more to

fully
do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving

interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost any

function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in. Working

with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of options

but
it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will take a

look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I

intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of mine.

All
of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to do!

And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with one

exception
to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and checks

it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head

there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto

correct
is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list from

spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly trivial
compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All

I've
mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back into

the
text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll leave

grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a

feature
in
MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every

release
has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again all

those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry, insipid

math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of mine.

The
points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much more

than
"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with spelling is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study

aid.why
not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use

(whatever
MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS

Publisher
if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are

there.
So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should not be
included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are

opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would

first,
over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the

product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost

issues,
that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at

agreement
and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not, I'm

still
going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much better.

I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for

you
Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons better

than
Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word

processing
as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree with
Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it

probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In particular

I
would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated

software
(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've

never
seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images is

pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as much

as
you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many

documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason, of
course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and what

you
are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it

would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you

corrected
it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings

result
in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did

with
it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to

effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be

done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point stands.

Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document content

and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The more

that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.

Perhaps
a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet

access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought one

for
15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I

didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet

connection)
that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on my
machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not

unreasonable
for
a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly small

subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay for

it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you choose

to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"
explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for

further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and for

no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed

Excel
tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the complexity
barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was

selected -
of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in

place.
The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is simply
absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not

close
to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to

word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the

program
daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it is

not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace

in
the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my children

and
I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it still
baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so
disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the

thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what

Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,

provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you know

it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated

functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a dish-washing
facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to get
things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they

want
to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the

functions
you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to

this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a

huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and the

like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able to

create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is assumed

that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to correct

their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption in


the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups

to
the
newsgroup so
all may benefit.

"rndthought" wrote

in
message
...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be

all
things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary

functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and

abilities
in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto

creation
of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,

altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems to

me
that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a

functioned
word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't

belong
in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation

of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a

complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next version)...simply

an
option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited fashion)

that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling
abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through

trying
to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word as

to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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There are aspects of this that I find very interesting. I remember the first
time I used Word (in 1994). I worked as an IT professional and had
previously used PCs (and WordPerfect for DOS) - the only unfamiliar thing to
me was the GUI and the mouse. I found it extremely difficult to get used to
the mouse and all the different things I could click (very few by modern
standards) and routinely clicked in the wrong place. Over time I have
adapted to the ever more complex interfaces and I'm sure I will adapt to the
new one, but I see beginners completely confused by what they can do and
unable to recall how to do what I consider basic. I hope the new UI helps
them both to work more easily and to produce better documents in the
process; I'm still not sure what if offers to experienced users. Time, as
you say, will tell.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
I think the new UI will be much more helpful to new users and casual users
than to established users. I am told, however (and must accept, since I
haven't yet had a chance to play with it), that users tend to resist the

new
UI at first but surprisingly quickly come to be comfortable with it and

love
it. Usability studies have been very encouraging, I'm told. Time will

tell.
Many corporate giants are still using Office 2000 because the UI change in
Office XP was too much for them; this dramatic paradigm shift will really
rock their world!

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
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so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Yes I keep up to date on that blog. And I do accept, in part, the

rationale
for the new UI but I see more benefit to MS from a redesign than I

really
do to customers en masse.

As (I thought) I said and as you seem to to also be saying, the new UI

seems
to be all there is - there isn't any news of real feature correction or
improvement or addition.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
If you want to understand the reasoning behind the "fancy new

interface,"
I
suggest you read Jensen Harris's series of blogs about the history of

the
Word UI and the rationale for the new one. My reservations about the

new
UI
(aside from fears that it will be much more difficult for the ordinary
"power user" to customize) are that all of the developers' energy and
resources have gone into the UI, and very few of the features or bug

fixes
that have been requested for several versions running will make it

into
this
version.

The base URL for Jensen's blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/

The History category of blog topics
(http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archiv...ory/10948.aspx) includes a
series on "Why the New UI" that I think you'll find instructive.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup
so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for some.

What
I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it

should
be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns: cost

and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software and

I
watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot of

bells
and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor

(and
I
know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want from

Word
is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a graphics
editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage

(although
I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also

don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity. The

more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be compromised.

By
and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is

plenty
scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting

excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that

suggests
it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for

example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy new
interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity engine

is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and

properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only a

little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real time,

but
that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more to

fully
do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving

interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost any
function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in.

Working
with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of

options
but
it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will take

a
look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I
intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of

mine.
All
of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to do!

And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with one
exception
to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and

checks
it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head

there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto

correct
is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list

from
spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly

trivial
compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement. All

I've
mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back into

the
text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll leave
grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a

feature
in
MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every

release
has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again all

those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry, insipid

math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of mine.

The
points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much more

than
"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with spelling is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study

aid.why
not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use

(whatever
MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS

Publisher
if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are

there.
So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should not

be
included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are

opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would

first,
over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the

product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost

issues,
that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at

agreement
and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not, I'm

still
going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much

better.
I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just for

you
Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons

better
than
Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word

processing
as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree

with
Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things it
probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In

particular
I
would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated

software
(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and I've

never
seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images

is
pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as

much
as
you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many
documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason,

of
course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and

what
you
are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity; it

would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you

corrected
it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings

result
in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by

the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you did

with
it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to

effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't be

done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point

stands.
Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document

content
and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The

more
that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to buy.
Perhaps
a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband Internet
access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought

one
for
15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but I

didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet

connection)
that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running on

my
machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not

unreasonable
for
a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly

small
subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay

for
it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you

choose
to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word processing"
explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words for
further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and

for
no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed

Excel
tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate

image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the

complexity
barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was
selected -
of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in

place.
The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is

simply
absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly not

close
to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is to

word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the

program
daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district, it

is
not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto replace

in
the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my

children
and
I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it

still
baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so
disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the

thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is what

Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or should,
provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you

know
it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated
functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a

dish-washing
facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to

get
things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in
message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose. Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what they

want
to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the

functions
you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental to

this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that a

huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and

the
like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able

to
create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is

assumed
that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to

correct
their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption

in

the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have

it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
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to
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"rndthought"

wrote
in
message

...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to be

all
things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary
functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and

abilities
in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto

creation
of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML documents,
altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems

to
me
that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a

functioned
word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne, doesn't
belong
in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the creation

of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a

complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next

version)...simply
an
option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited

fashion)
that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling
abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through

trying
to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the

Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word

as
to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
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I well remember what happened when my dad first tried to use TurboTax on my
computer. He has an IBM PS/2 and had been using TurboTax for DOS until
Intuit stopped making it. My version, of course, was for Windows and
required use of the mouse. He has a mouse with his computer, but I hadn't
realized that he never used it and didn't know how. I belatedly realized
that he was pointing the mouse at the text box where he wanted to enter
numbers and then typing, but, since he hadn't clicked first, the insertion
point was still somewhere else on the screen even though the mouse pointer
was where he wanted to type. What a mess!

In future, I had him sit beside me and feed me the numbers, which I input.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
There are aspects of this that I find very interesting. I remember the

first
time I used Word (in 1994). I worked as an IT professional and had
previously used PCs (and WordPerfect for DOS) - the only unfamiliar thing

to
me was the GUI and the mouse. I found it extremely difficult to get used

to
the mouse and all the different things I could click (very few by modern
standards) and routinely clicked in the wrong place. Over time I have
adapted to the ever more complex interfaces and I'm sure I will adapt to

the
new one, but I see beginners completely confused by what they can do and
unable to recall how to do what I consider basic. I hope the new UI helps
them both to work more easily and to produce better documents in the
process; I'm still not sure what if offers to experienced users. Time, as
you say, will tell.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
I think the new UI will be much more helpful to new users and casual

users
than to established users. I am told, however (and must accept, since I
haven't yet had a chance to play with it), that users tend to resist the

new
UI at first but surprisingly quickly come to be comfortable with it and

love
it. Usability studies have been very encouraging, I'm told. Time will

tell.
Many corporate giants are still using Office 2000 because the UI change

in
Office XP was too much for them; this dramatic paradigm shift will

really
rock their world!

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup
so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Yes I keep up to date on that blog. And I do accept, in part, the

rationale
for the new UI but I see more benefit to MS from a redesign than I

really
do to customers en masse.

As (I thought) I said and as you seem to to also be saying, the new UI

seems
to be all there is - there isn't any news of real feature correction

or
improvement or addition.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
If you want to understand the reasoning behind the "fancy new

interface,"
I
suggest you read Jensen Harris's series of blogs about the history

of
the
Word UI and the rationale for the new one. My reservations about the

new
UI
(aside from fears that it will be much more difficult for the

ordinary
"power user" to customize) are that all of the developers' energy

and
resources have gone into the UI, and very few of the features or bug

fixes
that have been requested for several versions running will make it

into
this
version.

The base URL for Jensen's blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/

The History category of blog topics
(http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archiv...ory/10948.aspx) includes

a
series on "Why the New UI" that I think you'll find instructive.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the

newsgroup
so
all may benefit.

"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for

some.
What
I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it

should
be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns:

cost
and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software

and
I
watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot of

bells
and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor

(and
I
know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want

from
Word
is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a

graphics
editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage

(although
I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also

don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity. The

more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be

compromised.
By
and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is

plenty
scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting

excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that

suggests
it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for

example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy new
interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity

engine
is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and

properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only a

little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real time,

but
that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more to

fully
do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving

interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost any
function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in.

Working
with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of

options
but
it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will

take
a
look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as I
intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of

mine.
All
of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to do!

And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with one
exception
to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and

checks
it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over head

there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto

correct
is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list

from
spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly

trivial
compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement.

All
I've
mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back

into
the
text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll

leave
grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a

feature
in
MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every

release
has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again

all
those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry,

insipid
math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of

mine.
The
points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much

more
than
"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with spelling

is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study

aid.why
not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use

(whatever
MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS
Publisher
if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features are

there.
So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should not

be
included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello) are
opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words would
first,
over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the
product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost

issues,
that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at
agreement
and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not,

I'm
still
going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much

better.
I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just

for
you
Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons

better
than
Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word
processing
as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to agree

with
Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things

it
probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In

particular
I
would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated

software
(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and

I've
never
seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with images

is
pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as

much
as
you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of many
documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the reason,

of
course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and

what
you
are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday activity;

it
would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you
corrected
it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all misspellings
result
in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up by

the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you

did
with
it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to

effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it shouldn't

be
done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point

stands.
Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document

content
and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The

more
that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to

buy.
Perhaps
a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband

Internet
access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I bought

one
for
15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say) but

I
didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet
connection)
that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running

on
my
machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not

unreasonable
for
a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly

small
subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to pay

for
it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you

choose
to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word

processing"
explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words

for
further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue (and

for
no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews, embed

Excel
tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate

image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the

complexity
barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was
selected -
of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in

place.
The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is

simply
absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly

not
close
to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is

to
word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the

program
daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district,

it
is
not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto

replace
in
the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my

children
and
I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it

still
baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so
disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the
thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is

what
Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or

should,
provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before you

know
it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated
functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a

dish-washing
facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent to

get
things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote

in
message
...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose.

Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what

they
want
to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the

functions
you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental

to
this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind that

a
huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries and

the
like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be able

to
create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is

assumed
that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to

correct
their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable assumption

in

the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you have

it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"rndthought"

wrote
in
message

...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying to

be
all
things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary
functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and
abilities
in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto
creation
of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML

documents,
altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It seems

to
me
that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a
functioned
word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne,

doesn't
belong
in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the

creation
of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or a
complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next

version)...simply
an
option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited

fashion)
that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their spelling
abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is through
trying
to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that the

Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of Word

as
to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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My Dad's a bit like that :-)

I think he's doing fine and he seems to get by, but then he rings me up with
a really simple problem and I have to be very slow and precise with any
instructions I give him - it doesn't help that he has everything so large on
the screen in order to see it that there is actually very little content. I
keep meaning to see if I can somehow access his PC over the web but never
get round to it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
I well remember what happened when my dad first tried to use TurboTax on

my
computer. He has an IBM PS/2 and had been using TurboTax for DOS until
Intuit stopped making it. My version, of course, was for Windows and
required use of the mouse. He has a mouse with his computer, but I hadn't
realized that he never used it and didn't know how. I belatedly realized
that he was pointing the mouse at the text box where he wanted to enter
numbers and then typing, but, since he hadn't clicked first, the insertion
point was still somewhere else on the screen even though the mouse pointer
was where he wanted to type. What a mess!

In future, I had him sit beside me and feed me the numbers, which I input.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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so
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"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
There are aspects of this that I find very interesting. I remember the

first
time I used Word (in 1994). I worked as an IT professional and had
previously used PCs (and WordPerfect for DOS) - the only unfamiliar

thing
to
me was the GUI and the mouse. I found it extremely difficult to get used

to
the mouse and all the different things I could click (very few by modern
standards) and routinely clicked in the wrong place. Over time I have
adapted to the ever more complex interfaces and I'm sure I will adapt to

the
new one, but I see beginners completely confused by what they can do and
unable to recall how to do what I consider basic. I hope the new UI

helps
them both to work more easily and to produce better documents in the
process; I'm still not sure what if offers to experienced users. Time,

as
you say, will tell.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
I think the new UI will be much more helpful to new users and casual

users
than to established users. I am told, however (and must accept, since

I
haven't yet had a chance to play with it), that users tend to resist

the
new
UI at first but surprisingly quickly come to be comfortable with it

and
love
it. Usability studies have been very encouraging, I'm told. Time will

tell.
Many corporate giants are still using Office 2000 because the UI

change
in
Office XP was too much for them; this dramatic paradigm shift will

really
rock their world!

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in message
...
Yes I keep up to date on that blog. And I do accept, in part, the
rationale
for the new UI but I see more benefit to MS from a redesign than I

really
do to customers en masse.

As (I thought) I said and as you seem to to also be saying, the new

UI
seems
to be all there is - there isn't any news of real feature correction

or
improvement or addition.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote in message
...
If you want to understand the reasoning behind the "fancy new
interface,"
I
suggest you read Jensen Harris's series of blogs about the history

of
the
Word UI and the rationale for the new one. My reservations about

the
new
UI
(aside from fears that it will be much more difficult for the

ordinary
"power user" to customize) are that all of the developers' energy

and
resources have gone into the UI, and very few of the features or

bug
fixes
that have been requested for several versions running will make it

into
this
version.

The base URL for Jensen's blog is http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/

The History category of blog topics
(http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/archiv...ory/10948.aspx)

includes
a
series on "Why the New UI" that I think you'll find instructive.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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"Tony Jollans" My Forename at My Surname dot com wrote in

message
...
Firstly, let me say I'd love to join you for a pint!

I see no real harm in your proposal - and perhaps benefit for

some.
What
I
question is not whether it should be available, just whether it

should
be
available as standard in Word. I have, I suppose, two concerns:

cost
and
complexity.

Cost first. I don't have a company budget; I buy my own software

and
I
watch
the price climb every time a new version is released with a lot

of
bells
and
whistles I don't want. What I want from Word is a word processor

(and
I
know
we can argue about exactly what that means). What I don't want

from
Word
is
a web page designer or HTML editor, or a DTP program, or a

graphics
editor.I
already have all of those including, in particular, FrontPage
(although
I
don't use it) and Publisher which are already in Office. I also

don't
particularly want a spelling or grammar checker.

Leaving cost aside, every additional feature adds complexity.

The
more
complexity there is the more core functionality can be

compromised.
By
and
large, Word does a pretty good job of most things but there is

plenty
scope
for improvement. To veer off slightly, people seem to be getting
excited
about the upcoming 'Word 12' but I haven't seen very much that
suggests
it
has significant improvements in word processing (numbering, for
example,
seems to be the same old mess) - what it does have is a fancy

new
interface.
The main reason for this is not really what the MS publicity

engine
is
telling us, it is to give Microsoft an excuse for rewriting and
properly
integrating what has become a somewhat confused collection of
loosely-related features; that's a little bit cynical, but only

a
little
bit.

You make a fair point that Word already checks words in real

time,
but
that
does give a performance hit and there would be quite a bit more

to
fully
do
as you propose. That said, however, Word has an ever-improving
interface
provided for code developers to write AddIns to perform almost

any
function
imaginable and that is where I would see your idea fitting in.

Working
with
the spell checker in code is not the easiest or error-free of

options
but
it
might be possible to go some way towards what you want. I will

take
a
look
at what Greg has done - strictly for my own enjoyment of course.

Now, about that pint ....

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in

message
...
Tony,

I apologize for that opening remark. It didn't come across as

I
intended.
I'm sorry.

That MS Word shouldn't do anything hasn't been any concern of

mine.
All
of
you have attention focused on explaining what I'd like it to

do!
And
hopefully I've been respectful and friendly throughout with

one
exception
to
you Tony.

First, MS Word already keeps track of every word you type and

checks
it
against the dictionary. There would be no additional over

head
there.

Second, to simply write a word to a file when either the auto
correct
is
fired or when the user makes a selection in the drop down list

from
spell
checker would not seemingly over tax the system. Certainly

trivial
compared
to the UNDO feature that is undetectable in the background.

Third, I do not know what you mean by effectively implement.

All
I've
mused
about is a simple misspelled word list that could be fed back

into
the
text
to voice feature that is already a feature in MS Word. I'll

leave
grammar
enhancements to the grammar checker that is, again, already a
feature
in
MS
Word.

The more MS Word can do the better. (And it would seem every
release
has
aspired to do much more than each previous release) But again

all
those
other things everyone has brought up (crosswords, poetry,

insipid
math
puzzles in the Daily, word peace) haven't been a concern of

mine.
The
points
were brought up simply to demonstrate it already does so much

more
than
"word
processing." So saying that a feature that deals with

spelling
is
ridiculous, I dare say, is ridiculous. MS Word is not a study
aid.why
not?
Why not state MS Word isn't a HTML code writing tool, go use
(whatever
MS
product is for that) or MS Word isn't a layout tool, go use MS
Publisher
if
you want photos in a document. Why, because those features

are
there.
So
arguing that if a feature isn't already there then it should

not
be
included
just doesn't stand.

Am I correct that you, Suzanne, Greg, and now Daiya (hello)

are
opposed
because essentially: to produce a list of misspelled words

would
first,
over
tax the system and second, add too much additional cost to the
product?

If we assume, for friendly discussion, no performance or cost
issues,
that
then it would be an agreeable feature? If so then we'll be at
agreement
and
I can go to bed thankful of some new acquaintances! If not,

I'm
still
going
to bed and I'd still by each of you a pint!

And no Tony, I don't believe the broadband parallel is much

better.
I
don't do HTML or pictures in documents and still HAVE TO (just

for
you
Greg
) take MS Word as it comes, and with no complaints! Eons

better
than
Word
Perfect 5 for which I spent 2x as much. Spelling is to word
processing
as.

Thank you all.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'm not going to quibble over words. Yes, I *choose* to

agree
with
Suzanne

I'm not sure that the argument that Word already does things

it
probably
shouldn't is grounds for suggesting that it do more. In

particular
I
would
say that it should leave web page design to other dedicated
software
(very
few people actually like what Word does with web pages and

I've
never
seen
it recommended as a tool for this). What it can do with

images
is
pretty
limited. What it does with embedded objects (not actually as

much
as
you
might think) is almost a requirement for the creation of

many
documents.

I don't think it's a difficult point to argue, and the

reason,
of
course, is
that I enjoy a good argument :-) Word is not a study aid and

what
you
are
suggesting would put quite a heavy load on everyday

activity;
it
would
have
to keep track of every word you typed and whether or not you
corrected
it
(or maybe just changed it later - because not all

misspellings
result
in
invalid words) or it was autocorrected or it was picked up

by
the
spellchecker (or the grammar checker) - and if so, what you

did
with
it.
In
fact the more I think about what it would have to do to
effectively
implement such a facility, the more I am certain it

shouldn't
be
done.

OK - maybe the washer analogy was extreme, but the point

stands.
Word
does
a certain type of manipulation of words and other document

content
and
there
are other programs which do other types of manipulation. The

more
that's
bundled together, the more it would cost to produce and to

buy.
Perhaps
a
better analogy would be this: I have just got broadband

Internet
access
and
I looked at the various packages that were available. I

bought
one
for
15 a
month. I could have bought one for 30 a month (AOL, say)

but
I
didn't
want
most of the facilities (all, loosely, related to internet
connection)
that
were included in the AOL package; I didn't want them running

on
my
machine
and I didn't want to pay for them. Your suggestion (not
unreasonable
for
a
separately purchased addon) would be attractive to a fairly

small
subset
of
current, or prospective, Word users but all would have to

pay
for
it.

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought" wrote in
message
...
Tony,

First, don't debase yourself. You do not "half to", you

choose
to.
Second,
neither you nor Suzanne has established how "word

processing"
explicitly
excludes building a personalized list of misspelled words

for
further
study,
personal development.

You and Suzanne have chosen a difficult point to argue

(and
for
no
reason).
If MS Word can manipulate HTML with web page previews,

embed
Excel
tables
able to be edited from within the document and manipulate

image
characteristics; the word processor has shattered the

complexity
barrier
it
would take to build a simple list file - if the option was
selected -
of
misspelled words. The text to voice feature is already in
place.
The
argument that my request would add too much complexity is

simply
absurd
and
baseless. My suggestion is not unreasonable and certainly

not
close
to
the
horrible washer parallel. Trying to negate a "spelling is

to
word
processing" relationship? You will half to try very hard.

While MS Word is ubiquitous, not just CEOs and MPV use the
program
daily
but
it is on essentially every school computer in my district,

it
is
not
always
possible to rely on the crutch of spell check and auto

replace
in
the
real
word. This spelling tutor feature is one from which my

children
and
I
believe many children and adults would greatly benefit.

The cause for so much resistance and the need to voice it

still
baffling.
It
is just a list of misspelled words. Why would this be so
disconcerting?

As always, except for the washer thing, thank you for the
thoughtful
comments.


"Tony Jollans" wrote:

I'd have to agree with Suzanne here. Word Processing is

what
Word
does.
Just
because it uses words does not mean that it does, or

should,
provide
every
imaginable function that might also use words; before

you
know
it
someone
will be suggesting that it solve crosswords.

It is generally true that adding essentially unrelated
functionality
is
likely to bring problems. Imagine trying to add a

dish-washing
facility
to
your washing machine; they both use water and detergent

to
get
things
clean,
so why not?

--
Enjoy,
Tony


"rndthought"

wrote
in
message

...
Suzanne, spelling is Fundamental to this purpose.

Period.

Again, why so much resistance and the need to voice

it?


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

A word processor is a way for people who know what

they
want
to
say
and
how
to say it to put those words on paper. Some of the
functions
you
mention
(such as automatic creation of TOCs) are fundamental

to
this
purpose.
Auto
formatting certainly facilitates it. Keep in mind

that
a
huge
target
market
for Microsoft is "knowledge workers" (secretaries

and
the
like)
and
executives in large corporations. They need to be

able
to
create
letters
and
reports and easily and quickly as possible. It is

assumed
that
they
either
know how to spell or will depend on spell check to

correct
their
spelling.
I'll grant you that this is an unreasonable

assumption
in

the
first
instance
and a dangerous one in the second, but there you

have
it.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
Word MVP FAQ site: http://word.mvps.org
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"rndthought"

wrote
in
message

...
Suzanne,

You make a good observation in regards to trying

to
be
all
things.
As
for
keeping MS Word from loosing sight of the "primary
functions"
(or
focus)... I
believe even a cursory overview of the options and
abilities
in
Word
show's
the ship has set sail (Invoicing with macros, auto
creation
of
TOC,
auto
formatting, Auto fill forms, creating HTML

documents,
altering
Image
attributes - all on a word processor???). It

seems
to
me
that MS
Word
most
definitely has higher aspirations than that of a
functioned
word
processor
or
computerize type writer.

If a spelling tutor, I like that term Suzanne,

doesn't
belong
in a
program
whose primary purpose is to type words in the

creation
of
documents,
presumably for purpose of communicating

information
accurately...where
then?

This isn't a fundamental change in the program or

a
complete
change in
the
interface (which is coming in the next

version)...simply
an
option
(or
if
possible a macro as Greg has shown in a limited

fashion)
that
could be
enabled for those that wish to expand their

spelling
abilities.
Why
so
much
resistance and need to voice it?

Thank you again for the thoughtful comments.

"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

Where Word most often gets into trouble is

through
trying
to
be
all
things
to all people. I don't imagine, however, that

the
Word
developers
will
ever
so far lose sight of the primary functions of

Word
as
to
incorporate
features that make it a spelling tutor.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
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I agree. WORD is too complex already.

BUT,

I'd really like to have the option of removing a few "correct" spellings
from the dictionary.

Fro some reason, I just can't type the word fro - fro- (I mean FOR).
Word likes "fro" but if any us are being poetic, it is easy to ADD words to
the dictionary.

Just impossible to remove pesky ones.
--
-Dilbert


"Jay Freedman" wrote:

rndthought wrote:
For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the
option to catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more
commonly typed correctly can be treated as "mistypes" and removed
from the list. Then one could come back to this list for further
study. Maybe a simple interface that can print a study list and does
a spelling test type routine: Computer says the word, you type the
word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes the
common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing
skills.


I don't agree that Word should be cluttered with this sort of thing. If you
want a typing tutor, look for the "Mavis Beason Teaches Typing" program from
Broderbund.

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This option already exists. See
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/Ex...ordFromDic.htm

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

"Dilbert" wrote in message
...
I agree. WORD is too complex already.

BUT,

I'd really like to have the option of removing a few "correct" spellings
from the dictionary.

Fro some reason, I just can't type the word fro - fro- (I mean FOR).
Word likes "fro" but if any us are being poetic, it is easy to ADD words
to
the dictionary.

Just impossible to remove pesky ones.
--
-Dilbert


"Jay Freedman" wrote:

rndthought wrote:
For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the
option to catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more
commonly typed correctly can be treated as "mistypes" and removed
from the list. Then one could come back to this list for further
study. Maybe a simple interface that can print a study list and does
a spelling test type routine: Computer says the word, you type the
word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes the
common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing
skills.


I don't agree that Word should be cluttered with this sort of thing. If
you
want a typing tutor, look for the "Mavis Beason Teaches Typing" program
from
Broderbund.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org





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Default Word should catalog misspelled words to study.

GREAT.
Thank you!

Now is there any way top solve the same problem in Outlook?
It must not share the same dictionaries.
--
-Dilbert


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

This option already exists. See
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/Ex...ordFromDic.htm

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

"Dilbert" wrote in message
...
I agree. WORD is too complex already.

BUT,

I'd really like to have the option of removing a few "correct" spellings
from the dictionary.

Fro some reason, I just can't type the word fro - fro- (I mean FOR).
Word likes "fro" but if any us are being poetic, it is easy to ADD words
to
the dictionary.

Just impossible to remove pesky ones.
--
-Dilbert


"Jay Freedman" wrote:

rndthought wrote:
For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the
option to catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more
commonly typed correctly can be treated as "mistypes" and removed
from the list. Then one could come back to this list for further
study. Maybe a simple interface that can print a study list and does
a spelling test type routine: Computer says the word, you type the
word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes the
common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing
skills.

I don't agree that Word should be cluttered with this sort of thing. If
you
want a typing tutor, look for the "Mavis Beason Teaches Typing" program
from
Broderbund.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org






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Default Word should catalog misspelled words to study.

I think Outlook does use the same dictionary but perhaps is not capable of
using an exclusion dictionary. But you'd need to ask in an Outlook NG.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

"Dilbert" wrote in message
...
GREAT.
Thank you!

Now is there any way top solve the same problem in Outlook?
It must not share the same dictionaries.
--
-Dilbert


"Suzanne S. Barnhill" wrote:

This option already exists. See
http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/Ex...ordFromDic.htm

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

"Dilbert" wrote in message
...
I agree. WORD is too complex already.

BUT,

I'd really like to have the option of removing a few "correct"
spellings
from the dictionary.

Fro some reason, I just can't type the word fro - fro- (I mean FOR).
Word likes "fro" but if any us are being poetic, it is easy to ADD
words
to
the dictionary.

Just impossible to remove pesky ones.
--
-Dilbert


"Jay Freedman" wrote:

rndthought wrote:
For the purpose of becoming a better speller, Word should have the
option to catalog misspelled words. Words that the user more
commonly typed correctly can be treated as "mistypes" and removed
from the list. Then one could come back to this list for further
study. Maybe a simple interface that can print a study list and
does
a spelling test type routine: Computer says the word, you type the
word. Maybe even have a Typing Practice interface that takes the
common mistypes and builds a practice routine to improve typing
skills.

I don't agree that Word should be cluttered with this sort of thing.
If
you
want a typing tutor, look for the "Mavis Beason Teaches Typing"
program
from
Broderbund.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org








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