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  • A large dictionary is not a good thing

    Posted on April 5th, 2004 Alan No comments

    The English language has so many words that if you included them all, then common typographical errors would often match (by coincidence) a valid English word and therefore not be detected by the spell checker. Which would go against the whole point of a spell checker: To catch spelling errors. [via Raymond Chen]

    Update 040409:
    Today, I was killing some time and picked up “Writing Solid Code” by Steve Maguire in 1993. On Pg 3 the same point was made.

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