Spelling Variations

Explanation

PerfectIt checks if a word appears in more than one international spelling variation. For instance, it will suggest there may be a possible error if a word is spelled in both the US and UK forms.

Example

PerfectIt will find an error if ‘colour’ and ‘color’ appear in the same document.

Suggestion

Unless there is a direct quotation, words should not be spelled in two ways.

Limitations

Caution

PerfectIt cannot determine if one word is spelled in its UK variation and a completely different word is spelled in its US variation; for example, it will not be able to determine if ‘colour’ appears in the same document as ‘dialog’.

Unless these words are specifically added to a custom check, PerfectIt won’t look for inconsistency between:

  • check (US) and cheque (UK)

  • tire (US) and tyre (UK)

  • license (US) and licence (UK)

  • curb (US) and kerb (UK)

  • storey (US) and story (UK)

  • practice (US) and practise (UK)

  • programme (US) and program (UK)

  • math (US) and maths (UK)

  • analyzes (US) and analyses (UK)

These should be checked manually.

Customizing the Check image0

Preferences for ‘ise’ / ‘ize’ and ‘yse’ / ‘yze’ endings can be set in the Settings tab.

You can set preferences for spelling variations in the Always Find and Never Find tabs of the style sheet editor or customize the check as you work. However, for most spellings, it is better to customize the Preferred Spelling check.