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 (https://works.bepress.com/uwe_muegge/85/download/).

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.

Use the command line program for large files

You cannot easily use the GUI version (languagetool.jar) of the term checker to check a large document. As an alternative, you can use the command line version of LanguageTool. In a test, this program checked a text document that contains 500,000 words in 45 minutes.

To use the term checker in 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

With a large file, there is a delay before you see the results.

To make sure that you can see all the results, send the output to a file. Example:
java -jar languagetool-commandline.jar -l en-US ..\data-files\half-million-words.txt > half-million-analysis.txt

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

Use the term checker with other software

You can use the term checker with all the software that integrates with LanguageTool.

For technical writers, the two most important integrations are with the oXygen XML Editor and the FontoXML Content Quality App.

oXygen XML Editor with the term checker

STE term checker with sample text in oXygen XML Editor

Install the term checker for ASD-STE100 in oXygen XML Editor.

FontoXML Content Quality App with the term checker

STE term checker with sample text in FontoXML Content Quality App

The FontoXML Content Quality App is an extension of the FontoXML Editor.

To use the term checker with the FontoXML Content Quality App, get help from FontoXML.

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