Features of the term checker for ASD-STE100

"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).

Term checker with sample text

The primary problems that the term checker identifies are as follows:

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:

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'.

Get more information about a warning

Right-click a warning and click More to see examples of correct and incorrect text. There are 2 approved alternatives, but the screen shows an example for only 1 approved alternative. To see an example with 'BRIGHT', look in grammar-sten.xml

Use the command line program

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

Windows command-line program running the term checker with sample text

For a full list of command-line options, refer to http://wiki.languagetool.org/command-line-options.

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