The Correction Process
When the corrector is first called up, Antidote initially displays the results of the Language view. To proceed with the correction, select the Typography view. If you haven’t checked all flagged typographical errors before closing the corrector, Antidote will display a warning dialogue. You have the option of confirming your decision to close, or you can review the typography. If you wish, you can request that Antidote no longer display this dialogue.
- A setting in the General panel of the Corrector section allows you to correct language and typography simultaneously.
The corrector analyzes the complete text you submit to it and displays that text in the correction panel, underlining each error or questionable word.
- The underlining serves to flag a detection. For rapid and intuitive interpretation, each type of detection (error, alert, etc.) uses a distinct type of underlining.
- The tooltip contains everything you need to understand the detection and to take action. Antidote may propose a correction, but will not modify your text unless you approve it. This can be done using the following methods:
Tooltips appear next to the detections themselves, so they are the ideal place to deal with detections without losing the thread of the text. They include an options bar allowing you to choose between relevant actions according to the detection, all in the blink of an eye.
The tooltip’s options are also available in the corrector’s toolbar, located at the top of the corrector window. To apply a toolbar button’s action to an underlined word, first select the underlined word and then click on the button.
The context menu
The context menu appears when you right-click on a word (or ctrl + click on a Mac). The content of the menu varies with the nature of the detection, so that only the relevant options are presented.
Shortcuts allow you to apply most of the corrector’s actions to a detection simply by pointing and clicking on the underlined word. This allows you to correct an entire text very quickly. These shortcuts together with their corresponding commands are described in the Handling a detection section later in this chapter.
You can correct your entire text using only or mainly the keyboard. Keyboard shortcuts give you access to almost all of the corrector’s actions. These shortcuts together with their corresponding commands are described in the Handling a detection section later in this chapter.
Editing a text during correction
At any time during the correction process, you can modify your text directly in the correction panel. One of the main ways to do so is via the Edit button in the tooltips. You can also return to your text editor and make changes to your text there. When you return to the corrector, it will take those changes into account and reanalyze the modified sentences.
Set the languages of a multilingual text
Antidote uses an algorithm to identify non-English passages in multilingual documents. It does not analyze or correct these passages. If, for example, Antidote is unable to identify one of these passages itself, you can do so manually using the Language of the selection and Language of the document options in the context (right click) menu or in Antidote’s Corrector menu.
- Non-English passages are shown in a different colour and are marked with a light blue area in the margin.
- The Languages filter under Statistics shows the overall distribution of languages in the text.
Interrupting a correction session
To interrupt a correction session and return to your text editor, simply close the correction window by clicking on the X button in the corner. To interrupt the correction process but remain in the corrector, hit Esc in Windows and in Linux. On a Mac, hit cmd + ..