Words ignored by repetition highlighting

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02 Apr, 2016 02:42 AM

There seem to be words ignored by the Visualize Word Repetition feature, like "up" and "along" and many others. Some, like "the" make sense, but I've run into some problems with some others. Is there a comprehensive list of those words overlooked by VWR? And is there a way to modify that list?

Thank you!

- Erica

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Brett on 04 Apr, 2016 03:55 PM

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    This question prompted me to examine some details in the repetition
    check, and I've made some improvements for the next update.

    There is a list of "stop words" that ignores common words expected to
    repeat (like "the"). This helps speed up processing and avoid a lot of
    issues, so I'd prefer to keep that in place. I've trimmed the list a
    little bit for the update, though. While you can add to the list (via
    Preferences->Proofing), you can't edit the default list. Here's the
    current hardcoded list for reference: http://ckyp.us/1h05l

    It also skips words less than 4 characters (which I've just changed to
    3). A word like "up" will still be skipped, but I'm willing to
    reconsider the necessity of that.

    The biggest problem you're seeing is that it was set to ignore all
    prepositions, which skips words like "along". I've changed that to
    remove the limitation completely.

    I also fixed some highlighting issues in the preview, and fixed the
    "ignore word" feature (option-click a highlighted word).

    I'll release the update as soon as I can wrap up a couple of other
    unrelated bugs.


  2. 2 Posted by Erica on 04 Apr, 2016 04:20 PM

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    This is wonderful, Brett! Thank you so much! I'll review the list of stop words for any that might be problems for me and look forward to the update.

    - Erica

  3. 3 Posted by Erica on 04 Apr, 2016 04:40 PM

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    I'm not sure about the 2- or 3-letter words. "Up" is one I use a lot in action scenes. "She put up her hands in surrender. She grabbed his hair, hauling him up to his feet, up to face her."

    There may be others like this that I'm not thinking of, though.

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