Dictionaries are used in Lingo to support the spell checking and thesaurus features. See About Spell Check.
When you create a new project in Lingo, you select a target language (see Creating New Projects). 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 Lingo and selecting the Spelling tab. See Options Dialog.
Note: For more information about hyphenation patterns in different languages, see:
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 Lingo that a questionable word is okay and should be added to a dictionary. See Spell Checking While Typing and Spell Checking Manually.
There are two kinds of custom dictionaries that you can use: global and project:
Global Dictionary A global dictionary is a file that contains words and can be used for spell checking by any Lingo project you open on your computer. This is a convenient way to ensure that all of your projects are using the same spellings for terms, rather than having each project rely on a different dictionary.
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.
For example, you might be working with a team of translators and want to make sure you are all using the same spellings for certain terms. By choosing a network directory, your entire team can use the same global dictionary.See Choosing the Location for Global Dictionaries.
Project Dictionary A project dictionary is just what it sounds like. It is unique to a particular project. When a project dictionary is created, it is saved in the Spelling folder of your Lingo project.
For example, you might choose to use this kind of dictionary if you are a translator with several clients, and each client has unique terms with unusual spellings. By using a project dictionary, you can keep those spellings tied to a certain project.
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.
- Edit Custom Dictionary After a custom global
or projectdictionary has been created, you can edit it. This may involve changing the spelling of existing terms or adding new words directly in the editor. See Editing Custom Dictionaries.
- 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 download more dictionaries in various languages from openoffice.org and then use the Options dialog to import them for use in Lingo. See Importing Dictionaries.