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10.6: Auto-correct only works with on-the-fly spell checking
Authored by: PCheese on Oct 22, '09 10:34:52AM

Wow, how did you survive with just Leopard?

Anyway, if you play around with autocorrect on Snow Leopard, you'll notice it only autocorrects words where it has a really good guess at what you meant to type. To me it seems "worlk" could easily be either "work" or "world", and those are Snow Leopard's suggestions as well. If you were to try it on your iPhone, you'd notice that it doesn't autocorrect "worlk" either.

On the iPhone, it's difficult to go back and edit words, so it's better to autocorrect to *something* so that it's right at least some of the time instead of always being wrong. Furthermore, due to the slower speed of typing on the iPhone and the autocorrect animations, you always know when autocorrect is kicking in, allowing you to easily correct its mistakes.

The Mac is a different beast: it's much easier to go back and right-click or otherwise edit a word. It's also much easier to miss an autocorrect when it happens because there's no animation. It makes sense to have a higher threshold for autocorrect guesses, otherwise the time saved by autocorrect would be negated by the time needed to check for and fix its erroneous substitutions.

I, for one, am rather happy with the autocorrect implementation in Snow Leopard. It saves me enough time fixing silly typos, but isn't over-aggressive.

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10.6: Auto-correct only works with on-the-fly spell checking
Authored by: bitwise on Oct 23, '09 10:27:15AM

Nice post. Thanks.

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