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General Information

Atlantis has advanced spellcheckers for a variety of languages to correct any spelling mistake and increase typing productivity. Atlantis can detect potentially misspelt words in your document, and suggest their proper spellings.

Atlantis can spellcheck the whole active document or its fragments on your request. Atlantis can also spellcheck the active document in background as-you-type, and bring potential misspellings to your attention by red-underlining them.

Installing Spellcheckers

In order to be able to spellcheck texts in a particular language, Atlantis needs the spellchecker for this language to be installed. The Setup file of Atlantis automatically installs the spellchecker for the English language. But if you need spellcheckers for other languages, please:

  1. click here to visit the page of the Atlantis site where you could download spellcheckers for other languages,
  2. download and run the Setup file of the desired spellchecker,
  3. follow the onscreen instructions.

Text Language

When spellchecking a document, Atlantis tries to use the spellchecker which most closely fits the text being checked.

How does Atlantis determine which is the most appropriate spellchecker?

As you might know, you can format different selections of text in your documents as belonging each to a specific language or dialect. Information about the language of a selection of text is displayed on the status bar of Atlantis:

When spellchecking, Atlantis determines the language and dialect of each encountered word as a first step. Then Atlantis will use the spellchecker which most closely matches the language and dialect of the current word among the installed spellcheckers.

By marking selected portions of text with the required language, you can completely control which spellcheckers will be used for each and every fragment of text in your documents. You can mark the selected text with a different language in multiple ways:

  • Double-click the Language section of the status bar displayed on the above screen capture.

  • Choose the Format | Language... main menu command.
  • Click the Language Button image toolbar button.
  • If you already marked texts with this language in the past through any of the above 3 ways, you could quickly choose this language from the drop-down menu attached to the Language Button image toolbar button:

    The same menu with the recent languages is also displayed when you right-click the Language section of the status bar.

Note. The "Language" dialog displayed when you use any of the first three ways from the above list, always includes a special item <none>:

If you do not want Atlantis to spellcheck a particular fragment of your document, you can mark it with the <none> language coding, and the Atlantis spellcheckers would omit this fragment when checking your document.

There is also a method for controlling language of the text you type through the mechanism of Windows Keyboard Layouts. Through the "Keyboard" dialog (the "Input locales" tab) of the Windows Control Panel, you can install so called keyboard layouts (or input locales) for multiple languages. You could choose a hot key for switching among the installed keyboard layouts, and use this hot key whenever you need to type text in the corresponding language in Atlantis. Atlantis would automatically mark the text you type with the language corresponding to the active keyboard layout.

Another way to control the text language in your documents is the Default language feature of Atlantis. If you plan to add new text to your document belonging to the same language by typing it or by pasting fragments from other documents, and if the new text that you add to your document is automatically marked with a wrong language, you could use the Default language feature of Atlantis to instruct it to mark any new text with the required default language. To choose the default language for the active document,

  1. choose the Format | Default Language... main menu command,
  2. in the dialog that would pop up, check the "Associate all new text with the following language" box and choose the required language from the list:

Manual Spellchecking

The manual spellchecking is one of two available methods to spellcheck documents. With the manual spellchecking, you can check the spelling either of the whole document, or of its fragment. If you want to spellcheck only a fragment of your document, you need to select this fragment before starting the manual spellchecking.

To start manual spellchecking, click the Spellcheck Button image toolbar button, or choose the Tools | Spellcheck... menu command, or press F7. After this Atlantis will scan the document text (either whole document text, or its fragment) for potential misspelling. When Atlantis finds a potential misspelling, it displays a dialog allowing to perform various actions on this misspelt word:

Through this dialog, you can replace either the current instance of the misspelt word with the suggested word from the lexicon (use the Change button) or all instances of this word that can be found in this document (use the Change All button). Note that if none of the replacements suggested by Atlantis, is what you need, you should type the required replacement in the Suggested replacement box.

Clicking the Ignore button allows to skip the current instance of the misspelt word. Clicking Ignore All would skip also any other instance of this misspelt word. Normally you will "ignore" reported words if they are actually proper words but you do not want to add them to your dictionary. Note that by clicking Ignore or Ignore All, you instruct Atlantis to ignore the reported word only temporarily. If you launch the manual spellchecking on this document again, any word you previously "ignored", would be reported again. So if you want some words be never reported, you should either mark them with the <none> language coding (see above for details), or add these words to your custom dictionary.

If the reported word is actually a proper word which you frequently use in your documents, you might consider adding this word to your custom dictionary. For this just click the Add Document Word To Dictionary button.
The Add Sugg. Replacement to Dictionary button does a trickier thing. If the reported word is a misspelt form of a word missing from the spellcheck dictionary, you could type the proper form of this word in the Suggested replacement box, then click the Add Sugg. Replacement to Dictionary button. Atlantis would add your typed replacement to your custom dictionary, then the current document misspelt word would be replaced with the word that you have just added to the dictionary.

By clicking the Edit... button, you can make any change to your custom dictionary (add new words, remove or edit words).

If you do not want Atlantis to report more potential misspelings in this document, you can click the Cancel button. It terminates the current session of the manual spellchecking, and you can resume working on your document.

Spellcheck As-You-Type

The alternative way to spellcheck documents is the Spellcheck As-You-Type feature (or automatic spellchecking). Atlantis will work in the background As-You-Type and will look for any potential misspellings in the current document. These will immediately be brought to your attention as they occur or are found by Atlantis.

As your document is checked by the Spellcheck As-You-Type, the current Spellcheck status of the active document is indicated through a special Spellcheck icon on the status bar:

and potential misspellings are marked with a red wavy underline:

Words belonging to a language with no installed spellchecker are marked with a navy wavy underline. For example, on the following screen capture the French text is navy-underlined because no French spellchecker was installed in Atlantis:

Any word marked with such a wavy underline (red or navy) can be right-clicked for spellcheck suggestions:

You can click the proper suggestion in the list to replace the current misspelling with your choice of word.

This right-click menu includes also additional commands:

  • Click Ignore All if the current misspelt word is a proper word but you do not want to add it to your dictionary. Note that this command instructs the spellchecker to omit the current misspelt word only temporarily. If you restart Atlantis, or close the active document then reopen it, all the words for which you used the Ignore All, will be reported by the spellchecker as misspelt again.

    After you instruct the spellchecker to ignore a word, additional command is available through the menu displayed when you right-click a red-underlined word in your document:

    Choosing this command would instruct the spellchecker to report all the words which you previously "ignored".

  • The Add to Dictionary command adds the current word to your custom dictionary permanently so that this word will not be reported as misspelt anymore even if you close and reopen this document, or restart Atlantis. In other words, Atlantis will consider this word properly spelt.

  • If you want to review the words contained by your custom dictionary, use the Edit Dictionary... command. You could make any change to your custom dictionary (add new words, remove or edit words).

  • If you very often mistype some word (for example, mistype "there" as "tehre"), you could instruct the AutoCorrect of Atlantis to replace a misspelt form of this word with a proper spelling automatically as you type your document. If a proper spelling is among the suggestions offered through the menu displayed when you right-click a misspelt word, you could click the Add to AutoCorrect command, then click the proper word (in our case "there") which should automatically replace its misspelt form ("tehre") as you type:

    If a proper spelling of the misspelt word is not available under the Add to AutoCorrect submenu, just click the More... command to specify any other automatic replcament for the misspelt word.

    Note that this can always be undone by taking the words off the AutoCorrect list of replacements in the Tools | AutoCorrect Options... dialog.

  • When a red-underlined word is marked as belonging to a wrong language:

    you can use the Language submenu to specify a proper language for the current word:

  • The Spellcheck Dialog... command displays a dialog similar to the one displayed when you spellcheck the document manually:

    You might find it more convenient to deal with the current misspelt word through the above dialog.

  • Finally, the Spellcheck Options submenu allows to customize the Spellcheck feature of Atlantis:

    • The main option available through this submenu, is Spellcheck As-You-Type. If you do not want Atlantis to spellcheck your document in background as you type it, just uncheck this option.
    • If you uncheck the Underline Misspellings option, Atlantis would still spellcheck your document in background but no words would be red-underlined. However the Spellcheck status of the active document will be still indicated through the Spellcheck icon on the status bar:

    • Clicking More Options... displays the Spellcheck tab of the Tools | Options... dialog of Atlantis allowing to adjust any spellchek-related option.


Now about the Spellcheck icon on the status bar indicating the current Spellcheck status of the active document:

The following table explains all possible Spellcheck statuses, and the corresponding Spellcheck icons that can be displayed on the status bar:

Spellcheck Icon Spellcheck Status
The Spellcheck As-You-Type waits for changes to be made to this document to start checking this document. Atlantis will start checking your document only when you start making changes to your document (for example, typing text). Alternatively you can double-click this Spellcheck icon on the status bar to start automatic spellchecking for the active document.
The pen-scanning-a-book animation signals that Atlantis is currently checking the current document.
Atlantis did not detect any misspelling in the active document.
Atlantis did not detect any misspelling in the active document but that some words are marked with a language that has no installed spellchecker and could not be spellchecked. You can double-click this Spellcheck icon on the status bar to bring the next such word into view.
There are possible misspellings in the current document. You can double-click this Spellcheck icon on the status bar to bring the next possible misspelling into view.
The Spellcheck As-You-Type is disabled.

Note that the Spellcheck icon can be right-clicked to call up a popup menu:

Also placing the mouse pointer over the Spellcheck icon on the status bar will display detailed description of the current Spellcheck status:

Tip:

  • Atlantis has a special command - Show next misspelling (the Tools category). This command is equivalent to double-clicking the Spellcheck icon on the status bar. If you work on documents containing many misspelt words, you might find it convenient to assign a hot key to this command through the Tools | Hot Keys... dialog of Atlantis, and use this hot key for locating the next misspelling instead of double-clicking the Spellcheck icon on the status bar.

Customizing Spellcheckers

To configure the Atlantis spellcheckers, choose the Tools | Options... main menu command, then click the Spellcheck tab. Please click here for the information on the options offered in this dialog.

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