I’m not native English but trying to make a game in English, so I’m sure to be making tons of spelling errors.
Does anyone know of any spell-checker (it’s fine if it’s a shell tool like ispell, aspell, codespell, etc) that will ignore programming language constructs and keywords, and only look at the strings?
Have you tried the -r option of the compiler which allows you to record all the text to “gametext.txt” file?
Thank you, I hadn’t heard of that one! It works, the resulting file does have quite a bit of jargon and internal names (I think from library error messages). But it absolutely works better than the raw inf.
Transcript of the text of "xenomusa.inf" [From Inform 6.37 for Unix (in development)] Xenomusa ^An interactive sci-fi story by Mara Huldra^ 220219 6.12.6 a --- the CompassDirection compass north (n_obj) ⋮
Inform Release Notes:
The setting $TRANSCRIPT_FORMAT controls the output format of the -r option. The default is still the same format as before, (and can be explicitly selected with $TRANSCRIPT_FORMAT=0), but $TRANSCRIPT_FORMAT=1 enables the new, more informative and machine-readable format.
You can also save your game file with UTF-8 encoding. Just put the %!-Cu option in the header of your game file (on the 1st line).
!% -Cu !% $TRANSCRIPT_FORMAT=1
Thanks, that significantly narrows down the number of extra words. With that I managed to construct a shellpipe abomination to run the check automatically
echo "[Misspelled or unknown words]" grep "^G:" gametext.txt | cut -c 4- | aspell list -l en_US -p ./xenomusa-dict.pws | sort | uniq
*-dict.pws is a list of valid words specific to the game:
personal_ws-1.1 en 82 ALDERSEEP Argonautica Astrid CharacterGlulx ⋮
Great, this will be very useful to me.
For the French language, we have the free Grammalecte extension for LibreOffice which is really useful for grammatical, spelling and typographic corrections. I don’t know if there is an English equivalent.
Oh good idea! I looked around and the closest equivalent for English grammar checking seems to be LanguageTool. There’s a plugin for LibreOffice and it can also be used from the command line or Python. I haven’t tried it yet though.