Spellcheck problems with capitalisation

Bug #415655 reported by Alex Mauer on 2009-08-18
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
enchant (Ubuntu)
gedit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gedit

When gedit finds a misspelling, it doesn't do a good job of taking capitalisation into account.

For example, the misspelled word "Iittle" (note the upper-case "i") gives the suggestions "Tittle", "Little", "Vittles"...all of which have the first letter capitalised. However, it doesn't suggest at all "little" with a lower-case "L" as a possibility, but instead assumes that the original capitalisation is correct.

This problem happens in the opposite direction too: "WAlT" (note the lower-case "L") gives the suggestions "Walt", "Alt", "Waltz", "Wale","Welt","Wast", "Wait" ... "WAIT" in all-caps isn't even listed as a possibility. Again, it's assigning too much importance to the capitalisation of the first letter, and not enough to the rest.

Since gedit uses enchant for spell-checking, I'll also assign this bug to enchant. However, gedit could be doing a better job with sorting the suggestions ("wast" before "wait"??)

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your bug report, is that specific to gedit or happens in any gtk software?

Alex Mauer (hawke) wrote :

Seems to be any GTK software. I’ve now also checked Evolution now, and it behaved the same.

Vadim Rutkovsky (roignac) wrote :

Confirmed in GEdit 3.3.3-0ubuntu1

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in enchant (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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