Spatial spell-checking is the ability to proof a word while taking its geographic/coordinate location into consideration. The
primary purpose of Locationaries is to enable spatial spell checking of
location-bound words within a data frame. Map annotations and
geodatabase features are ArcGIS objects containing such location-bound
spell-checking and dictionaries are well suited for proofing
language words, they are not well suited for proofing geographic names
location-bound words. This is because the latter have spellings that are
only valid locally, not worldwide as dictionary words. Location-bound words refer to real-world
entities (such as names of places, streets) or any word that has a
defined geographic extent of validity. Adding those words to
conventional dictionaries would pollute such dictionaries in all
geographic areas where those spellings are not accurate.
Spatial Spell-Checking Work?
In MapSpeller 4.0, spatial spell-checking is implemented via spatial
Basically, if there exists a
locationary word with the same spelling and within a user-defined
spatial criterion of the word being proofed, that word is deemed correct
spelled. Otherwise, it is considered a potential error and MapSpeller
will then search for similar words in its geographic proximity and offer
them as potential replacements.
For more information on the
spatial operators, read the
Setting MapSpeller Locationaries page.