Written text is an important component in the process of knowledge acquisition and communication. Poorly written text fails to deliver clear ideas to the reader no matter how revolutionary and ground-breaking these ideas are. Providing text with good writing style is essential to transfer ideas smoothly. While we have sophisticated tools to check for stylistic problems in program code, we do not apply the same techniques for written text. In this paper we present TextLint, a ruled-based tool to check for common style errors in natural language. TextLint provides a structural model of written text and an extensible rule-based checking mechanism.

Web Application


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Getting Started

  1. Download the TextLint distribution.
  2. Launch the executable of your platform:
    • Mac: TextLint.app
    • Linux: TextLint.app/TextLint.sh
    • Windows: TextLint.app/TextLint.exe


Feel free to ask questions and report bugs on the Pharo mailing-list.


TextLint is licensed under the MIT license. The source code is available at various places:


  1. Fabrizio Perin, Lukas Renggli, and Jorge Ressia. Natural Language Checking with Program Checking Tools. In Smalltalks 2010, 2010. PDF 
  2. Fabrizio Perin, Lukas Renggli, and Jorge Ressia. Linguistic Style Checking with Program Checking Tools. In Journal of Computer Languages, Systems and Structures, 2011. DOI PDF 

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