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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Want to spell check 'abortion' on an iPhone? Nope, not for you   ( smh.com.au) divider line
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2013-07-17 10:20:25 AM  
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xellas84: Can't you just edit your autocorrect to not include those words? I mean, I can't think of more than about 10-15 words that would be offensive enough to worry about outside of super-professional business communications

Can't speak for all of them, but on my Samsung, you can't change the built-in dictionary list, but you can add words of your own.  By default, the phone didn't recognize or correct any cuss words.  Mine does now though, and it definitely makes for some humorous Tourrette's auto-correct suggestions.
2013-07-17 06:43:37 AM  
2 votes:

Nabb1: Who the heck can't spell "abortion"?

Apple's target market?
2013-07-17 09:26:18 AM  
1 vote:

PanicMan: My Android phone has it.  Just sayin'.

My android can actually perform abortions.  It wants to do a surgical oncology residency, though.  Pain in the ass.
2013-07-17 06:03:18 AM  
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1000 Ways to Dye: Other phones do this too. It's largely to prevent you from accidentally autocorrect something offensive, say, accidentally telling your mom about the abortion you saw, rather than the apparition you thought you saw.

Or, misspelling aunt and it actually coming out the C word.

As a programmer:  SUPER THIS!!!

Auto correct != spellcheck.  People think its the same but it definitely is not.  Spellcheck exists in situations where you are composing larger chunks of text with an accurate input device that you (hopefully) review and transfer very asynchronously.

Autocorrect instead is modifying small amounts of text in real time near synchronous situations.  It does it automatically, without prompting.

Apple probably has a big ole list of words it never wants to automatically shove into someone's conversation.  Probably all swear words, all slurs, every offensive word they could think of, as well as every hot button word.

Abortion was probably added after all the political talk flared about it this year.  Some engineer at Apple decided to validate his existence by adding words to the list.  It's probably like the no-fly terror list, it just grows to prove people are doing something.

And if anyone is crying "censorship" over an algorithm not shoving the word abortion into their texts they really need to gain some perspective.

Also, you can set your own autocorrect rules.  If this is really a big deal to you, you can go and make sure all your abortion texts are easier to type!
2013-07-17 03:00:02 AM  
1 vote:
This is news? It's common knowledge that the ducking aunts at Apple can't get spell check right.
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