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Linux.com: Improve Your Writing with the GNU Style Checkers

Sep 11, 2006, 07:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 Project..."

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