Double-Byte Characters and Autocorrect

David Blatner from InDesign Secrets sent me this question:

When you use Autocorrect, there are certain characters you’re not allowed to type in the Correction field. It’s unclear what those are. You can type a dash, but not an em dash. You can type Hebrew with the Hebrew input system enabled (it even appears typed right to left in the field!), but you can’t include Japanese.

I just installed CS3-J on a different computer (in preparation for the tokyo ID conference) and tried to use Autocorrect. It doesn’t seem to want to take japanese characters in the Correction field there, either! What?! Bug?

The answer comes from one of the developers who works on our double-byte versions of InDesign:

AutoCorrect is disabled for Japanese, Chinese and Korean languages. Without grammatical analysis, a typo in Japanese very often just means another word. Misspelling doesn’t really exist, per se, but mis-typing can make jumbled words that don’t make grammatical sense.

So, put another way, electric shoving yesterday flown fence post under chowder.*

I hope this clears the Japanese issue up for you, David. Still working on the em dash…

*Simulated double-byte grammatical problem.