Readme for toddlist.zip version 0.s October 20, 2002
This list is provided by Todd Mountjoy.
He adapted it from the developer's spreadsheet: spellist.xls.
This is an unauthorized, inefficient way to use OpenOffice.org
software as a Basic English spell checker, but it worked.
The intent is to be able to test the word lists and become
familiar with use of the software.
As Todd says when he made this available, "Someone else might
instantly know what to do and make this available for the rest
Since then, a more proper OpenOffice.org spell
checking wordlist has been created as en_BE.dic. Toddlist now
serves as a text list of fairly clean version of the Basic English
See "Special" for the area and speciality extensions for: Business;
Science, Biology, Geology, Math-Mech, Phys-Chem; and Verse-Bible.
Go to folder: (your path)/openoffice/user/wordbook/
|Make a backup copy of the originals|| en_US.dic|
|Change the original filename from ||en_US.dic ||to ||en_US.ori.|
|Copy the new files ||toddlist.txt ||into ||(yourpath)/openoffice/user/wordbook/|
|Change the name of ||toddlist.txt ||to ||en_US.dic.|
|That is all there is.|
|Rename en_US.dic ||back to ||toddlist.txt|
|Rename en_US.ori ||back to ||en_US.dic|
The number at the top is the word count. This saves the system
from having to do two passes thru the file. Therefore when you add
your name and town to the list, you will want to increase the
The affix file, en_US.aff, is irrelevant, leave it alone.
While working with the OOo wordlist (dictionary) for the letters, A-R, U-Z, several hundred more Basic English derivative forms
were found and added to the developer's spreadsheet and to toddlist.txt.
There may be 20 versions of this list
before we get to a working copy in proper wordlist form.
Spell checking software often makes use of "affix" files and an
algorithm to add prefix and suffix forms. The OpenOffice.org
affix file currently has 22 affixes defined. Ogden's Basic English
will make use of 9 of these. Ogden allows the use of -est for single
syllable words, which might entail a 10th. Affix files have some
idiosyncrasies; for example, re- is one of seven prefix options and is
coded as option A. The word "read" is coded as ad/A.
Notes about OOo.
its freeware, or order it as a CD from one of their
We paid $5.50 for
Somebody owns the word "OfficeOffice" so the software must be called
OpenOffice.org. Wonder what he story there is?
OOo calls spell-checking word lists, a dictionary.
They call a translation chart, a Thesaurus or synonym list.
An OOo dictionary, .dic, file is a text file saved as with OpenOffice
word processor as "text encoded", with LF, without CR. (It saves one
carriage return per word, which is a lot.) Saving as a regular text
file will work fine, in case you want to work with the list. Just be
sure to rename to .dic before using.
OpenOffice QuickStart must be "off" to recognize new dictionaries
or affix files.
This list is not approved by the OpenOffice.org project.
After we get the words stabilized and in the proper form, it will
be submitted for project consideration.
Sample of file
About this Page: readmetodd.html --
A sequential list of Basic English words and derivatives.
Also useful as a temporary spellcheck wordlist for OpenOffice.org.
Last updated : October 20, 2002.