by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/03/28 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2012/03/28/10288341.aspx
Long time friend and reader of this Blog Mihai asked over in the Suggestion Box:
Playing with Win 8 recently, and it looks like the rich edit controls now support spell-checking out of the box (ok, you have to set IMF_SPELLCHECKING).
But that is not exposed as a service in Extended Linguistic Service.
No so hooray :-(
Can we hope that "the glue" will be in place by RC? Or GM?
Most likely you are not allowed to tell :-)
But can you (maybe) pass the message that exposing spelling as an ELS would be the nice (right?) thing to do?
I should admit something.
Something that although I'm fairly certain Mihai knows, there may be others who do not.
While at first glance it may seem that I have been sharing tons of things -- in all but fact announcing features of Windows 8, the truth is far less interesting.
Generally I don't mind the implicit out of control, bad boy, living on the edge image of a blogger who is a Rebel Without a Clause¹.
But I can't really claim such a title.
What I talk about here is either important stuff to the PTB² that has been announced, or stuff that isn't important to the PTB² that they don't mind being out there.
Sometimes I doubt the PTB² even notice.
Other times it's stuff that the PTB² ask me to say something about. Though if you know me, you'll know I have no problem saying no way if I'm not interested; luckily for them it's relatively easy to catch my eye!
In this particular case there are a few things I know that may or may not be relevant:
I have no idea what the plans are here, Mihai. :-)
Potentially I could forward it on, but I am reasonably certain that they are already planning on doing it or they aren't; it is way too late to just drop everything and add the feature in.
Though I admit it would be cool....
1 - Kind of fun play on words!
2 - Powers That Be
Quppa on 28 Mar 2012 10:14 AM:
Is the new system-wide spell check currently limited to the RichEdit control and WinRT TextBox/RichEditBox controls? Making it available through ELS would be neat.
Mihai on 29 Mar 2012 2:35 AM:
Oh, there was really no intention to "lure" you into disclosing anything :-)
Maybe just hoping that the info is out there, but in some places that I don't visit.
"ELS doesn't specifically document spelling services"
True. But it has a way to enumerate the available services (MappingGetServices).
And that does not find anything about spelling.
"I do recall it being mentioned as a potential future direction"
Well, it was something I thought it would be cool, when I have evaluated ELS before Win 7 got out.
But I hope you heard something more recently, and maybe someone who might make it happen :-)
Well, you should not say what are not allowed to say (or you don't know :-)
But thanks for the answer,
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