spell, sprog – find spelling errors|
spell [ options ] ... [ file ] ... |
aux/sprog [ options ] [ –f file ]
Spell looks up words from the named files (standard input default)
in a spelling list and places possible misspellings--words not sanctioned
there--on the standard output. |
Spell ignores constructs of troff(1) and its standard preprocessors.
It understands these options:
As a matter of policy, spell does not admit multiple spellings
of the same word. Variants that follow general rules are preferred
over those that don't, even when the unruly spelling is more common.
Thus, in American usage, `modelled', `sizeable', and `judgment'
are rejected in favor of `modeled', `sizable', and
`judgement'. Agglutinated variants are shunned: `crewmember' and
`backyard' cede to `crew member' and `back yard' (noun) or `back–yard'
/sys/lib/amspell American spelling list|
/sys/lib/brspell British spelling list
/bin/aux/sprog The actual spelling checker. It expects one word per line on standard input, and takes the same arguments as spell.
/rc/bin/spell the script|
/sys/src/cmd/spell source for sprog
The heuristics of deroff(1) used to excise formatting information
are imperfect. |
The spelling list's coverage is uneven; in particular biology,
medicine, and chemistry, and perforce proper names, not to mention
languages other than English, are covered very lightly.