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Māori spell checker removes the last mile barrier to reo

Free Māori spell checker removes the last mile barrier to reo proofing tools.

Stallwart of Māori ICT, Mr Karaitiana Taiuru today announced the release of a revised suite of Te Ngutu Kura free Maori spell checker, a decade since he first relased the first version of Te Ngutu Kura. The new version will work across: FaceBook, Web Browsers, Microsoft Office, Macintosh, Linux and several other applciations with imediate plans for mobile phone spell checkers and predictive texting.

Historically, Māori spell checkers have been primarily for Windows based Microsoft Office applications resulting in a large part of the population having had no access to Māori langugage proofing tools. Also, Māori spell checkers were only based on dictionary entries, meaning that some sugestions may not reflect acuratley daily spelling.

Te Ngutu Kura begun with a source list of over 125,000 dictioanry entries, and then was cross referenced against Māori frequency word lists compiled from online texts and converstaions. The end result is a list of over 58,000 words that will proof most applications on a computer and the web.


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