Recently, the company Daedalus has released a new version of Stilus, its tool to proofread spelling, grammar and style in Spanish. Innovations include Stilus Macro for Word, a new add-in that enables to autocorrect hundreds of thousands of context-independent errors at the push of a button.
Stilus Macro for Word, a “precise and effective” automatic proofreader
Stilus’ contextual and semantic technology for proofreading texts in Spanish has enabled to isolate hundreds of thousands of context-independent writing mistakes. The automated correction of this type of “safe errors” not only speeds up the first phases of the proofreading of orthotypography and style, but also carries it out with a very high precision. This is the reason why Stilus Macro for Word is the first add-in of Stilus that not only checks a text, but also performs actions directly on it.
Under the slogan: “Tus palabras son tu imagen” (“Your words are your image”), the Third International Conference on Spanish Language Proofreading (3CICTE) was held in Madrid on October 24, 25 and 26, promoted by La Unión de Correctores de España (UniCo), a well-known Spanish association of proofreaders. The conference, preceded by the ones celebrated in 2011 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and in 2012 in Guadalajara (Mexico), exceeded 250 attendees combining professionals, speakers and organizers.
The Casa del Lector (Madrid) was the best venue to discuss the current situation of the editing industry in Spain, Latin America and Europe. As host association, UniCo managed to convert the 3CICTE into a meeting that broadened the horizons way beyond the edition on paper. The specialization in particular areas and the new market niches open to these professionals were the key points. Among other professional challenges, the aim was to give a twist to an industry that can no longer ignore the benefits of technology. The words of the president of the association, Antonio Martín, in the prologue to the No. 0 of UniCo’s magazine were revealing:
Translated by Luca De Filippis
The last weekend, in Madrid, Casa del Lector was the best scenario to celebrate Lenguando: the first national meeting on language and technology. The pioneering initiative, brought successfully to reality by our colleagues at Molino de Ideas, Cálamo & Cran and Xosé Castro, was driven, among other sponsors, by Daedalus‘s Stilus.
The spirit of the conference was to bring together in the same space translators, proofreaders, philologists and other communication and language professionals, with an emphasis on the technological revolution of the sector, among other issues.
The talks about the advances in language technology and the simultaneous workshops on their practical application were the most anticipated. In particular, the workshop given in the main auditorium by Concepción Polo (who’s writing this post) on behalf of the team of Stilus was one of the most anticipated by the attendees, according to the organization.
Corpus Linguistics applied to proofreading
With the intention of presenting innovative content and above all practical, in the workshop we considered the possible applications of Corpus Linguistics (CL) in the specific area of professional automatic proofreading.
How many times have we heard statements like these on “poor automatic spell checkers”? In the age of semantic technology it is time to change attitude:
1. The automatic spell checker corrects things that should not… The know-it-all…
Has the spell checker ever cheated you? In order to avoid it, you just need to configure it in the right way. You must be sure that it is proofreading in the correct language (in Portuguese livro is not a ‘book’!) and that, if were, the option “Autocorrect” is not selected. We must not lose control over the proofreading process! By following some advice, you will avoid that the application will give you unpleasant surprises.
Damn spell checker! A misunderstanding causes the closing of two schools in Georgia
Someone sent the following message: “Gunna be at west hall today”, that is to say: “Today I will be at West Hall”. However, the automatic spell checker didn’t work properly and sent the following message: “Gunman be at west hall today”, that is to say: “Armed man in the West Hall today”. Moreover, the person who sent the message dialed the wrong number and sent it to another recipient. As a consequence, who received the message got scared and went to the police, who, for security reasons, considered closing the two schools of the area. [Continue reading…]