[Users] [Bug 2820] New: Autocorrect Typing

ratinox at gweep.net ratinox at gweep.net
Fri Nov 23 20:44:53 CET 2012

On Fri, 23 Nov 2012 17:33:31 +0100 (CET)
noreply at thewildbeast.co.uk wrote:

> An autocorrect feature to take care of common typing mistakes would
> be a nice feature to have.

Not really. See


for choice examples of how bad autocorrect is. "Al quesadilla", indeed.

Leaving aside the arguments about whether implementing autocorrect at
all is a proper thing to do, the application level is the worst place
to do it. Trying to do autocorrect at the application level will lead
to inconsistent behavior within the application itself and between
different applications that use the same toolkit.

GTK+ has an autocorrect plugin. Use that and make it an option that is
disabled by default. It'll be bad but at least it will be consistent
with other GTK+ applications.

Some amusing autocorrections that might happen in this message using
the US English dictionary:

autocorrect -> autocorrelation
quesadilla -> questionably
noreply -> foreplay
thewildebeast -> childbearing

The last two make the return address "foreplay at childbearing.co.UK".

\m/ (--) \m/

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