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TWiki is already using a simple Do What I Mean idea when it tries singular/plural topic names before giving up and marking a topic as non-existent (the question-mark link).

Why don't we extend the idea further? We could

  • look for word permutations (e.g. WebGlossary instead than GlossaryWeb)
  • ask a glossary to find synonims (see GlossaryWeb)
  • ask a spell-checker to correct typing errors (e.g. ispell) (see SpellChecker)
  • better, ask a thesaurus for synonims (e.g. wordnet)
  • do word permutations to find phrase fragments (see AutomaticLinkSuggestionPlugin)
  • do soundex pattern matching to try further topic name transformations.

I propose these (longer?) computations are used only if requested, only during Preview or as offline tools.

-- AndreaSterbini - 29 Nov 2000


-- MartinCleaver - 11 Oct 2003

I am starting to be of the opinion that it would be a good idea to introduce a ComparedToOperator to name the concept at which two concepts meet. For example, HealthCare..IntegrationBroker would be the name of the topic where integration brokers are used in healthcare. We could have a rule that says the alphabetically first concept comes first in the pair.

-- MartinCleaver - 21 May 2001

My current thinking is we do the ComparedToOperator with a comma.

-- MartinCleaver - 23 Sep 2001

Do what I mean:

  • I paste from an HTML page into TML. Bullets drop 4 spaces not 3, this screws up the formatting. Why not correct it for me?

-- MartinCleaver - 08 Nov 2005

I'm trying to find a discussion of pluralization and related features, but can't. So I'm planting a link here to a new topic GeneralizingFindElsewhereAndPluralHandling

-- AndyGlew - 28 Mar 2006

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