I’m trying to consolidate more of my various project blogs into one place so look forward to more posts here barring further hammer damage from the anxiety faeries.
I hacked away at EditMinion a bit yesterday, added some features, fleshed out others. Here are some of the updates.
Cliché finding now works
There’s a big list of phrases that it searches for like “it was a dark and stormy night”, and “quick as a bunny”. Most people probably won’t run afoul of this one but it was fun to code.
Commonly misspelled words finder now works.
Over 4000 words compiled by Wikipedia editors. If you’re already using Word or another word processor with spellcheck this won’t likely be needed.
New feature: Tricky Homonyms
I think this is a really useful feature and another way to make EditMinion useful where other spellcheckers fall short. This will find misspellings in the form of homonyms, i.e. weather/whether, it’s/its, their/there/they’re, etc. These types of words a spellchecker wouldn’t catch because they’re still valid words and the spellchecker is incapable of understanding the word’s context.
People have contacted me saying that it highlights some things that are not wrong. This is missing the point a bit. The goal of EditMinion is to bring words to your attention so that you can use your discernment whether you’ve chosen the right word or not. It has the potential to be more useful when used in this way. It’s also a robot so it’s not judgmental, it’s arbitrary.
Look forward to more updates in the future.