GLOBAL – Microsoft is asking users to log-on to its Dialect website or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as part of its bid to keep regional language alive in the Office spell checker.
The idea came from Microsoft Australia which has compiled its own dictionary of Australian slang. The scheme closes shortly and a dialect-inclusive spell checker will be available in July if all goes to plan.
Microsoft hopes that the initiative will be a boon to users who have had correct words underlined by an overenthusiastic spell checker that only speaks London English.
The company describes the idea as an attempt to be more inclusive so that everyone gets the chance to personalise their own software.
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