Digital Chemistry Dictionary

cs_dictionary.jpgAre the chemistry-related documents you type in your word-processing program overwhelmed by a thicket of squiggly red “spelling error” lines? Then the newly updated Chemistry Dictionary for Word Processors is for you. The free program teaches word processing software to recognize roughly 104,000 chemistry-related terms. That ought to lead to fewer false alarms during a spell check.

At Mitch’s Chemistry Blog, azmanam (the dictionary’s developer) has posted a more detailed description, including compatibility information, downloading instructions, and a form to submit words that will be considered for inclusion in the next update.

Azmanam, thanks for making science writers’ days a bit brighter.

Thanks to you and everyone behind the dictionary, our prolines will no longer be converted to pralines, our dimers will no longer automatically become dimmers, and our silyls will no longer be mistaken for something silly.

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Author: Carmen Drahl

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  1. Adam has done a great job turning a very complex list of over 1.3 million identifiers from ChemSpider into a digestible format for word processors. A Great service to the chemistry community!

  2. Ha! That would be incredibly helpful! You know we editors try to catch things like that, but sometimes we miss a proline here and there. I mean, praline. Which ones are the tastey ones? Well, that’s not what it’s supposed to be, whichever it is.

    FYI, C&EN’s text has been praline-free since pretty much forever (did a text search of the online archives), except for one Newscripts in July 2005 (and I do believe that was intentional!). But when it’s caught before it’s printed, sometimes writers will send you boxes of pralines in the office. Keep ’em comin’, guys!