LanguageTool

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LanguageTool
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LanguageTool WikiCheck
Developer(s)Daniel Naber and Marcin Miłkowski
Initial release15 August 2005; 16 years ago (2005-08-15)
Stable release
5.7[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 28 March 2022; 2 months ago (28 March 2022)
Repository
Written inJava
PlatformJava SE
Size
  • Desktop app: 156 MB[2]
  • n-gram data: 8.34 GB[3]
TypeGrammar checker
LicenseGNU LGPL v2.1+
Websitelanguagetool.org Edit this on Wikidata

LanguageTool is a free and open-source grammar, style, and spell checker, and all its features are available for download.[4] LanguageTool website connects to a proprietary sister project LanguageTool Plus, which provides improved error detection for English and German, as well as easier revision of longer texts, following the open-core model.

It was started by Daniel Naber for his diploma thesis[5] in 2003 (then written in Python). It now supports 31 languages, each developed by volunteer maintainers, usually native speakers of each language.[6] Based on error detection patterns, rules are created and then tested for a given text. The core app itself is free and open-source and can be downloaded for offline use. Some languages use 'n-gram' data,[7] which is massive and requires considerable processing power and I/O speed, for some extra detections. As such, LanguageTool is also offered as a web service that does the processing of 'n-grams' data on the server-side. LanguageTool Plus also uses n-grams as part of its freemium business model.

LanguageTool web service can be used via a web interface in a web browser, or via a specialized client-side plug–ins for Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, Apache OpenOffice, Vim, Emacs, Firefox, Thunderbird, and Google Chrome. Its web app client can also be integrated on websites.[8]

Technology[edit]

LanguageTool does not check a sentence for grammatical correctness, but whether it contains typical errors. Therefore, it's easy to invent ungrammatical sentences that LanguageTool will still accept. Error detection succeeds with a variety of rules based on XML or written in Java.[9] XML-based rules can be created using an online form.[10] More recent developments rely on large n-gram libraries that offer suggestions for improving misspellings with the help of artificial neural networks.[11]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release v5.7".
  2. ^ "Index of /download/". languagetool.org.
  3. ^ "Index of /download/ngram-data/". languagetool.org.
  4. ^ "LanguageTool - Spell and Grammar Checker". LanguageTool.
  5. ^ Daniel Naber. "A Rule-Based Style and Grammar Checker" (PDF). Daniel Naber.de. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Supported languages". 28 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  7. ^ "N-Gram Data Download Page". languagetool.org. 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  8. ^ "Integration On Websites – LanguageTool Wiki". Wiki.languagetool.org. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-05-03.
  9. ^ "Linux Administration", Pro Oracle Database 10g RAC on Linux, Berkeley, CA: Apress, pp. 385–400, ISBN 978-1-59059-524-4, retrieved 2022-02-23
  10. ^ "Programm". Lebensmittelchemie. 75 (S1). March 2021. doi:10.1002/lemi.202155001. ISSN 0937-1478.
  11. ^ SKILL 2018 : Fachwissenschaftlicher Informatik-Kongress, Studierendenkonferenz Informatik, 26.-27. September 2018, Berlin. Gesellschaft für Informatik. [Bonn]. 2018. ISBN 978-3-88579-448-6. OCLC 1066024545.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)