Somehow I managed to set FrameMaker 12 to mark the word "for" as a misspelling. I have no idea. But now, I cannot add it to the dictionary, and the instructions in the error message about how to fix this make no sense. I have spent hours trying a million ways of editing a personal dictionary, putting where I think it needs to be, importing, merging, personal AND document, restarting FrameMaker, etc... Still thinks "for" is not a word. I have read and re-read the documentation and it just does NOT work. Can someone please, please help? It's driving me batty to see those red squiggly lines all over the place.
Here's what I wrote for my fellow Tech Writers, hopefully it can be of use to you:
FrameMaker’s dictionaries are located at:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\AdobeFrameMaker2015\dict
This file can be edited using Notepad.
I didn’t bother to re-sequence the words and it worked fine.
FM has to be closed then opened for FM to recognize the newer dictionary version.
Thank you for your suggestion techpubs2015, but sadly, it did not work. Here's what I did:
"for" still flagged as wrong.
Use the Dictionaries option in the Spell Checker to manage your dictionaries.
The path to the actual user Dictionary is unfortunately unreadable due to the concatenation used in the fixed-size window. So the best way to handle this is to write the personal dictionary to a text file, edit that file and then re-import the edited file. Caution: every entry must have a "-" hyphen in it, even if the word is not hyphenated, so you must add a hyphen at the start of the word in this case, e.g. "-xml". Otherwise, FM will crash if this condition is not met [been there, done that...].
That might help with adding a word, but I am finding that, over time, I must have accepted some incorrect spellings. What I need to know is how to open and edit the personal dictionary. My goal would be to delete any "corrections" that are wrong.
When you write your dictionary to a file, you can edit it with a text editor and delete all misspelled words. Then import the file to replace your current dictionary.
All is explained in the online help:
Thanks, Reng. This worked perfectly. Next time, I'll be more careful when I hit the Learn button in spell checker!