4 Mar 2005 msevior   » (Master)

In Japan

I arrived in Japan today. It is cold and snowy which is quite a contrast from the extremely pleasant Melbourne late summer.

I bought a couple of toys at the Duty Free shop at the airport. One is a new set of headphones. These suck. They don't stay in my ears :-(

The other toy was a little Belkin FM transmitter. You plug this into any audio source like an MP3 player or a laptop and you can play your music through a high quality FM receiver. This works really well. I finally get good bass from my laptop and I can control the volume right from my desktop.

I'll try it from my MP3 player and through the car FM receiver later.

I have this thing about disconnected remote control. I find it very cool to change the volume on my computer and get an instant response out of my FM receiver in a totally different room.

AbiWord and Grammar checking.

I finally got the grammar squiggle code working as I'd like it. I really do find this useful because I'm such a bad typist. There is still a fair bit to do.

We need to come with some heuristics to determine whether paragraphs need to be grammar checked. Almost all headings are incorrect sentences. It is silly to grammar-check them as they almost always get squiggled.

While in principle I can see how to make link-grammar provide corrections to a sentence, I can see that it will be a long-term project. I hope we can grow a community of people interested in natural language parsing to work on it. It seems quite possible to extend it to other languages as well. The project needs experts in native language grammar.

My next big feature for AbiWord will be tight wrapped positioned images. I have most of the code written. It now needs to be debugged.

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