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Pop-Up Suggestions List

Spell Catcher X version 10.2 (and later) offers an alternative to the traditional Suggest Spelling window for displaying and choosing corrections during interactive checking. You can now choose to display a pop-up list of suggestions near the error itself. This is a lightweight and easy-to-use way to make corrections-ideal when you don’t need all the features available in the Suggest Spelling window (which you can always open when needed).

Pop-Up Suggestions List

Once you start using the pop-up suggestions list, we’ll think you’ll prefer it to the Suggest Spelling window.

Choosing To Use The Pop-Up Suggestions List

There are new preferences in the Interactive pane (Spelling tab) of Spell Catcher X’s Preferences window to choose to use the Pop-up Suggestions List when automatically showing suggestions, and to tailor the way it works. You can set the delay before the pop-up list appears so that you can either keep on typing (perhaps manually correcting the error) and never see the pop-up list, or pause briefly to see the suggestions if you need Spell Catcher’s advice to correct the error.

Pop-Up Suggestions List Preferences

Using The Pop-Up Suggestions List

When the list appears, you have several options:

  1. Choose a suggestion by typing the number key to its left, or by selecting it with the mouse or arrow keys and typing return, enter or (optionally) the spacebar. Double-clicking a suggestion works as well.

  2. Dismiss the list by pressing the escape key (not strictly necessary - you can just keep on typing).

  3. Choose one of the available commands: Ignore, Ignore All, Learn or Shorthand, just as you can with the Suggest Spelling window. You can do this by typing the shortcut for the command, or by selecting it with the mouse or arrow keys and typing return, enter or (optionally) the spacebar, or by double-clicking the command.

  4. Open the Suggest Spelling window if you require its functionality.

Compatibility Note: The Pop-up Suggestions list only works in those applications that properly support input methods. If you don’t see the list appear, see it appear in an “unusual” location on your screen, or see the floating “bottomline input window” appear (see below), then the application you’re using does not support input methods at all (or has buggy support). In these cases, you will likely have to use the Suggest Spelling window. You may want to politely ask to the application’s developers that they implement support for input methods and the Text Services Manager (TSM). This support has been recommended for all applications that accept text input since the early 1990’s.

For Developers: Handling the kEventTextInputOffsetToPos CarbonEvent (or even the kOffset2Pos AppleEvent) is all that’s really required. If you don’t support inline input (or even if you do and there is no active input area), make sure you return the screen position of the insertion point anyway (or at the very least when the offset parameter is zero).

Mac OS X Bottomline input floating window

Application with buggy TSM implementation

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