Good checkers for ASD-STE100 are easily available, but most of them are very expensive.

Mike UnwallaThe TechScribe term checker for ASD-STE100 is a result of my search for a good and cost-effective checker for ASD-STE100.

In 1999, I started my freelance career as a technical writer. You can read the story on www.techscribe.co.uk/techw/mike-unwalla.htm. Early in my technical writing career, I learned about AECMA Simplified English (the old name for ASD-STE100) and I started to use the principles in the user guides that I wrote. The AECMA Simplified English specification is large, and to remember all the rules was not easy.

At the ISTC conference (now TCUK) in 2001, someone showed me a checker for a controlled language. Now I wanted a checker for AECMA Simplified English, but all the checkers for AECMA Simplified English were very expensive.

After a long search, and some unsuccessful attempts to find a solution, I found LanguageTool. From this, I developed the term checker. These two articles tell you more:

In 2012, I released the first version of the term checker for ASD-STE100 issue 3 (which is equivalent to AECMA Simplified English issue 2). I continue to improve the term checker. (You can read a summary of the changes in changes.txt.)

All the checkers for controlled language have advantages and disadvantages. My emphasis for the term checker is the grammatical analysis of text. Does a text conform to ASD-STE100? Other checkers have features that the TechScribe term checker does not have. Your task is to find the best software to solve your problems. Read 'How to evaluate software for a controlled language'.

Although I am the only person who writes the rules for the term checker, a team of software developers and linguists continues to improve LanguageTool. (I am in the LanguageTool team: https://github.com/languagetool-org/languagetool/graphs/contributors.)

To get a free trial of the TechScribe term checker for ASD-STE100, ask me (mike@techscribe.co.uk). (My full contact information is on www.techscribe.co.uk/techw/contact.htm.)

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