"The Term Checker did an excellent job of identifying instances where an approved word had a not-approved part of speech, for example 'aid' was used as a verb but is only approved as a noun… Automatic style and vocabulary checking tools for technical communicators are typically expensive and require a considerable training effort. The STE Term Checker is a powerful yet easy-to-use checking tool."
Uwe Muegge, former Chair of ASTM Subcommittee F43.03 responsible for language translation standards. Read Uwe's review in TechScribe STE Term Checker (http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1120&context=uwe_muegge).
The primary problems that the term checker identifies are as follows:
- Unknown keywords.
- Unapproved keywords and inflections of unapproved keywords.
- Approved keywords (nouns and verbs) that have an incorrect part of speech. For example, work is approved as a noun, but not as a verb.
- Keywords that frequently are used incorrectly. For example, about means 'concerned' with, not approximately or around.
- A combination of approved keywords that is possibly not correct. For example, the verb break out is not approved in this sentence: The fire broke out in the engine.
- Noun strings (noun clusters) of more than 3 nouns.
- Some unapproved tenses.
- Approved keywords that are spelled incorrectly. For example, the approved past tense of smell is smelled not smelt.
- Spelling errors.
For more information, refer to 'Rules'.
Select the rules to use (activate or deactivate)
The term checker has thousands of rules. Some rules always find text that is not an error:
- The rules that find the passive voice also find be + past participle.
- The rules that find a misused term always show the term. For example, the term checker cannot tell you if the term about is used with its correct meaning.
To select the rules to use, click Text Checking>Options. In LanguageTool Options, select the rules that you want to use. For screen shots, refer to 'Deactivate some default LanguageTool rules'.
You can use LanguageTool, and thus the term checker, from the command line program. Use this command:
java -jar languagetool-commandline.jar -l en-US <path to file>
where <path to file> is the path to the text file. Example:
java -jar languagetool-commandline.jar -l en-US ..\data-files\sample-text-for-ste-term-checker.txt
For a full list of command-line options, refer to http://wiki.languagetool.org/command-line-options.