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Proofing tools and the 'none' language

Your documents might include fragments of text which are not ordinary words or sentences - mathematical formulas, lists with technical abbreviations, fragments of code in a programming language, etc. Here is an example from a technical document explaining Windows messages:

Red-underlined words

These Windows messages are in coded or abbreviated form and are not proper English words. The Atlantis spellchecker naturally treats them as misspellings.

Such false reports can easily become distracting when many technical abbreviations are included in a document.

To avoid this, you could add all these abbreviations to your custom spellcheck dictionary. But this solution might very well be unacceptable if too many abbreviations need to be added to the lexicons, or if you simply do not want to add them to the lexicon permanently because you do not plan to use them in other documents.

Atlantis offers you a smarter solution for such situations.

Instead of adding tons of technical abbreviations to your custom dictionary, you can instruct Atlantis not to spellcheck the document fragment containing these abbreviations. This is done by marking the document fragment as belonging to the special <none> language. Any text fragment marked with the "<none>" language is ignored by the Atlantis spellchecker and by the other proofing tools of Atlantis (the AutoCorrect and hyphenation functions).

Here is how to proceed to mark a text fragment with the "<none>" language:

  1. Select the text fragment:
    Selected text
  2. Double-click the "Language" section of the Atlantis status bar
    Double-click the 'Language' section
    or choose the "Format | Language..." menu The main menu or simply menu is a horizontal bar with clickable commands anchored to the top of the main window of Atlantis:

    Main menu
    command to display the "Language" dialog.
  3. Choose "<none>" from the list of languages, and OK out of the "Language" dialog:
    'None' language

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