Words with hyphens and personal wordlist

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StevenV
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Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:41 am Post

Hi folks. Using Scriv 1.9.7.

I am working on a novel (in English) that has some Chinese characters with names that include hyphens. For example, there is a character named Jia-Yi. Of course, Scriv's dictionary flags this as two incorrect words ("Jia" and "Yi") (so does Chrome's as I make this post). Since I am going to be using this character's name a lot, I'd really rather not have Scriv flag it unless I spell the name wrong, such as Jai-Yi, when I make a typo. Now, I could add the two halves of the name, "Jia," and "Yi," to my personal wordlist... But I don't ever need to use those two syllables of Jia-Yi's name alone. The only time I will type them is when I type "Jia-Yi" together with the hyphen.

So what I really need to do is have Scriv consider "Jia-Yi" as a single word, including the hyphen. Without the hyphen (JiaYi, Jia Yi) it should be flagged. But with it, I don't want "Jia-Yi" flagged.

However, if I put Jia-Yi (with the hyphen) into the wordlist, Scriv acts like it's not there in the list and flags both Jia and Yi. Clearly it considers the hyphen to be equivalent to the space and the two syllables of the name to be separate words.

Is there any way to get Scriv to recognize hyphens as part of the word?

Thanks

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Syl Sabastian
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Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:06 pm Post

I would very much like to know the solution to this problem. I am writing a book on Bullsh!t and use that spelling and Bullsh!tter and so on. I have the same problem. I am unable to add the full word with that spelling to the dictionary.

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StevenV
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Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:45 am Post

Glad to see that I am not the only one who has this need.... But it seems like nobody has a solution... Which is frustrating.

I've tried various tricks like using quotation marks around the full word but nothing that I have tried seems to work.

It seems rather crazy that Scrivener can't accept the idea of a mark like a hyphen being part of a word, or heck even an exclamation point. For example what if you were writing a book about the "!Kung" bushmen -- which is a tribe in Africa? And yes the "!" is part of the name ("!K" stands for a clicking sound not made in the English language and not capable of being rendered by the 26 letter alphabet).

These are just ascii characters and no one character is any different from the next in terms of bits and bytes in the computer's memory, so it seems extraordinary to me that one cannot add a string of whatever characters one wants to the spellchecker.