Here are a few electronic aids for writing Simple English.
Hard word identification[change source]
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is a program that does everything that Microsoft Office Professional does. OpenOffice is a free download (115 MB) or can be bought on Compact Disc (CD). The Basic English Institute has a spell checking word list download
- Replace the one of the number of languages of OOo spell checker with the Basic English word list of 5,000+ spellings. This includes derivatives and compound words which most other spell checkers overlook. Non-Basic words are marked as if they were spelled wrong.
The BEI now offers a Simple English spell checking wordlist for OpenOffice software. Each non-Simple English word is underlined in red. Readme
Automated translation into Simple English[change source]
Internet Dictionary Project software called IDP Companion translates between several languages. Replace one of the minor languages with the Basic English definitions from the Institute download page. Enter the "misspelled" word and copy and paste the desired Basic replacement.
A beta release of a thesaurus-like drop-down list for translation of the non-Simple English words into Basic English is also available. Readme . Help from a Unix programmer to compile an update the Beta of the thesaurus would be appreciated.
Textual difficulty[change source]
Tools for measuring textual difficulty (long words, long sentences, etc.) include: