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Plan 9 - man page for spell (plan9 section 1)

SPELL(1)			     General Commands Manual				 SPELL(1)

NAME
       spell, sprog - find spelling errors

SYNOPSIS
       spell [ options ] ...  [ file ] ...

       sprog [ options ] [ -f file ]

DESCRIPTION
       Spell  looks up words from the named files (standard input default) in a spelling list and
       places possible misspellings--words not sanctioned there--on the standard output.

       Spell ignores constructs of troff(1) and its standard preprocessors.  It understands these
       options:

       -a     Label each line of output with its address in the input, in the notation of acme(1)
	      and sam(1).

       -b     Check British spelling.

       -v     Print all words not literally in the spelling list, with derivations.

       -x     Print, marked with every stem as it is looked up in the spelling list,  along  with
	      its affix classes.

       As a matter of policy, spell does not admit multiple spellings of the same word.  Variants
       that follow general rules are preferred over those that don't, even when the unruly spell-
       ing  is	more common.  Thus, in American usage, `modelled', `sizeable', and `judgment' are
       rejected in favor of `modeled', `sizable', and  `judgement'.   Agglutinated  variants  are
       shunned:  `crewmember'  and  `backyard'	cede  to `crew member' and  `back yard' (noun) or
       `back-yard' (adjective).

FILES
       /sys/lib/amspell
	      American spelling list

       /sys/lib/brspell
	      British spelling list

       /bin/aux/sprog
	      The actual spelling checker.  It expects one word per line on standard  input,  and
	      takes the same arguments as spell.

SOURCE
       /rc/bin/spell
	      the script

       /sys/src/cmd/spell
	      source for sprog

SEE ALSO
       deroff(1)

BUGS
       The heuristics of deroff(1) used to excise formatting information are imperfect.
       The  spelling  list's  coverage is uneven; in particular biology, medicine, and chemistry,
       and perforce proper names, not to mention languages other than English, are  covered  very
       lightly.

											 SPELL(1)


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