Dictionaries are used in Contributor to support the spell checking feature. See About Spell Check.
When you create a new project in Contributor, you select a language. Several of the languages listed in the wizard (i.e., those in bold) are associated with full dictionaries already installed for you.
These built-in dictionaries are automatically stored in the App Data folder on your computer, which can be accessed in various ways, depending on your operating system. For example, here is how you can open this folder in Windows 7:
- On your desktop, click the Start button.
- In the search field, type %appdata% and press Enter.
- Open the MadCap Software subfolder, then Dictionaries, and finally Installed.
You can also see which dictionaries are installed on your computer by opening the Options dialog in Contributor and selecting the Spelling tab.
Green dots indicate which dictionaries are supported by spell checkers and hyphenators. A hyphenator automatically inserts separators in an editor based on particular word patterns, as outlined in the dictionary file. Hyphenators are important only for certain languages.
Note: For more information about hyphenation patterns in different languages, see http://hunspell.sourceforge.net/tb87nemeth.pdf.
In addition to all of the built-in dictionaries that are installed on your computer, you can develop custom dictionaries. You can think of these as supplements to the built-in dictionaries. A custom dictionary is created and modified automatically whenever you perform a spell check and tell Contributor that a questionable word is okay and should be added to a dictionary. See Spell Checking While Typing and Spell Checking Manually.
You can use global dictionaries in your project.
A global dictionary means that any Contributor project you open on your computer can use it for spell checking. This is a convenient way to ensure that all of your projects are using the same spellings for terms.
By default, a new global dictionary is stored in your AppData folder, like all of your built-in dictionaries.
However, you can use the Options dialog to choose another location for your global dictionary.
Following are the primary tasks for using dictionaries:
- Add Words to Custom Dictionary When performing spell checking in your project, you can add questionable words to a custom global or project dictionary. See Spell Checking While Typing and Spell Checking Manually.
- Choose Global Dictionary Location Rather than using the default location, you can choose a custom location for global dictionaries. This is useful if you work on a team and want all writers to use the same dictionary. See Choosing the Location for Global Dictionaries.
- Import If necessary, you can use download more dictionaries in various languages from openoffice.org and then use the Options dialog to import them for use in Contributor.
See Importing Dictionaries.