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    Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    What is Outlook doing with its spell checker?

    Word is quite happy to have "i.e." as long as you put the dots in. In Outlook, if you leave out the middle dot it suggests "i.e." (OK so far), but if you actually put "i.e" into your text, it throws it up as an error and wants you to correct the "i" to "I".

    Doh!

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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    This would surprise me, since I think they both use the same spell-check engine. Perhaps one uses <big>UK English</big> <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> and the other uses US English?
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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    At least US English doesn't pointlessly strew lower case 'u's all over the place. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    But seriously, the English language dictionaries have a common core component and additional components for country specific spelling variations. And I find that my typing is bad enough that I frequently outfox the correction-suggestion engine. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> For example, have you noticed that some transpositions completely confuse it?

    So the OP might do what I do, which is, in Word add an autocorrect item for changing "i.e " to "i.e. ".
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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    John,

    I disagree (well, obviously I'm not disagreeing with the supremacy of UK English over US English, but we'll take that as a given <grin>)

    What I am seeing is quite obviously a flaw in the way that Outlook checks spellings. The "correct" way to spell "i.e." is with two dots (being short for id est). And, if you type "ie." into an email and then check it, you get the suggestion "i.e.". So far so like Word. BUT, and this is the killer, if you try and spell check an email with "i.e." in it (spelt correctly), it assumes that the "i." is a self contained sentence, and insists that you change the lower case i to a capital I.

    Leads me to the conclusion that while Outlook may use the same dictionary as Word, its implementation of the spell checking is flawed for this type of word.

    Stuart

    BTW, the lounge spell checker understands neither "i.e." nor "ie.". Interestingly, it also doesn't understand "email". Problably very wise of it!

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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    Definitely weird.

    Following the same maxim, I repeated what you just did.

    Word 2002:
    color -> colour
    ie -> i.e.
    ie. -> i.e.
    i.e. = correct

    Outlook 2002:
    color -> colour
    ie -> i.e.
    ie. -> i.e.
    i.e. = error, wants to capitalise the "i"

    Quite definitely an error! Doesn't matter whether its in the middle of a sentence, at the start or at the end. It always wants to capitalise that first "i".
    In my Outlook options under Spelling, all the boxes are ticked and I am using UK English. There is no auto-correct entry which might @#$!% it up. I assume that you're not using Word as your email editor or anything substantially different to me in that respect?

    Regards,

    Stuart

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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    Stuart

    Following the maxim "why don't you try it yourself?" I find, with Outlook 2002 and Word 2002, that:

    in both cases "color" should be changed to "colour"
    in both cases "i.e." is indicated to be correct
    in both cases, all of "ie", "i.e" and "ie." should be changed to "i.e."

    I don't experience the differences that you do!
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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    Nope - don't get that result!

    In a Reply on Outlook 2002, I looked in Tools => Autocorrect Options and observe that there is NO tick before "Capitalise first letter of sentences", and there's nothing "ie-like" in Replace->With...
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    Re: Spelling 'i.e.' (2002 (& 2000 I think))

    OK.

    I've got the option checked (ticked, sorry!), but "i." is listed as an Exception after which you shouldn't capitalise. In any case, changing the option on and off has no effect - nor would I expect it to as what I have is a spelling issue not an auto-correct one.

    Gives me an error every time, though, so our systems must be different somehow, but don't ask me how!

    Stuart

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