Linux.com: Improve Your Writing with the GNU Style Checkers
Sep 11, 2006, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Stutz)
"The diction and style tools put a GNU face on an old Unix
feature. These tools read text input, either from a file or the
standard input. diction checks the input at the sentence level, and
marks wordy and trite phrases, cliches, and the like, while style
works on the overall document, giving a summary of the writing
style with a number of readability tests.
"Years ago these tools came with AT&T Unix, packaged in a
utility set that included similar tools and was called the Writers'
Workbench (WWB). They fell by the wayside and were generally
forgotten, but in recent years the tools were rewritten for Linux
by Michael Haardt, and eventually became part of the GNU