[TxMt] Writing Bundle [was: Lookup current word in Dictionary.app]
jrus at hcs.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 7 09:40:50 UTC 2006
Oliver Taylor wrote:
>> Does this have any advantage over the system-provided combination of
>> control-command-D (which works with or without a selection).
> One thing I don't like about the pop-up is that it appears for whatever
> word your mouse is hovering over. This command can work with a selection
> or caret placement. Which means for keyboard junkies, they can skip one
> more trip to the mouse.
> The only other advantage is that you might prefer using the app to the
I'm actually planning to make some sort of "Writing" bundle, with
various commands helpful when writing prose. So far on the list of
things I want to do:
1. A dictionary command that pops up a TM yellow tooltip of a definition
when a shortcut is pressed.
2. A word completion command that allows a user to complete the current
word with a menu of possible completions, hopefully including words
added to the custom spelling dictionary, as well as any words in the
3. A thesaurus command, that uses WordNet to show a menu with synonyms
for the current word, in groups for each sense of the word, and possibly
with some synonyms in submenus if there are too many senses, or too many
synonyms within a sense.
4. A spell-check command, that either somehow uses the built-in
spell-check, or pulls up suggestions from some other tool (aspell perhaps).
5. Some commands for getting better statistics than the current document
statistics count. It would be nice to have a word count which knows how
to ignore stuff in html/latex/markdown tags, etc. etc. (or maybe bundles
can provide overrides to this command, and all call out to a single
script), but it would also be nice to be able to get some readability
statistics, such as counts of average word length, average sentence
length, and maybe metrics like Flesch-Kincaid, etc.
6. It might even be nice to add some tools for checking grammar
(flagging things like wordy sentences, etc.). There are some decent
open-source programs for this, I believe.
7. We could have some commands for looking the current word/selection up
in various online references. Immediately obvious choices are websters,
wikipedia, and a generic google search, but it would be nice to allow
people to add their own (I have access to the Oxford English Dictionary
through school, for example)
8. Eventually it would maybe even be nice to have some translation
Anyway, many of these things require some external program in order to
function, so I was thinking we probably want to make universal builds of
a bunch of these, and then give users a single download to install them
all in a package.
I think with not too much work we can take John Gruber's
[challenge][df], and toss it back at him ;). Can I get a hallelujah?
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