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C4 May 15, 2017 at 2:34 am
Disabling "Auto Replace" button in Spell CheckerMay 15, 2017 at 2:34 amParticipants 4Replies 5Last Activity 5 years, 1 month ago
We are using XMetaL Author Essential 11.
We are finding that our editors are being a bit careless in their use of the Spell checker and inadvertently clicking the “Auto Replace” button. Is there any way to disable the “Auto Replace” button so it is not available by default?
ThanksDerek Read May 15, 2017 at 6:31 pm
Reply to: Disabling "Auto Replace" button in Spell CheckerMay 15, 2017 at 6:31 pm
This portion of the software is not configurable or customizable beyond the settings in the Options section of the spell checker.C4 May 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm
Reply to: Disabling "Auto Replace" button in Spell CheckerMay 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm
Do you know if it is possible to set something to notify the user of their potential action? We've tried turning on under Options > Prompt Before Auto Replacement but this doesn't seem to do anything.
Thanks.Derek Read May 17, 2017 at 7:21 pm
Reply to: Disabling "Auto Replace" button in Spell CheckerMay 17, 2017 at 7:21 pm
That option enables prompting when a word will be replaced from the User Word List. When disabled anything listed in your User Word List is automatically replaced by the corresponding word without prompting.C4 May 24, 2017 at 1:17 am
Reply to: Disabling "Auto Replace" button in Spell CheckerMay 24, 2017 at 1:17 am
Do you think that if we had XMetaL developer, we would be able to to customise the Spell Checker options or even write something that will do the same job?
ThanksDerek Read May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm
Reply to: Disabling "Auto Replace" button in Spell CheckerMay 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm
XMetaL Developer doesn't allow you to make changes to portions of the software that are compiled. Any dialogs that are compiled into the software are effectively unchangeable. Writing Tools (which is actually a separate application), aka the spell checker, is one of these. You would need to use some form of DLL hacking tool that lets you make changes to compiled software to make changes to it, and of course I cannot recommend that.
XMetaL Developer is used to create customizations for XMetaL Author and XMAX, and it includes a form building tool that lets you build dialogs (“XFT” forms) that can be run by both of these applications. So, in theory you could try to recreate the entire spell checking UI using XFT but that would be a huge amount of work, and I don't think there are enough APIs provided in our software related to spell checking that would allow you to recreate all the features.
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