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Iam writing my bachelor thesis at the moment. The problem for me is now the spellchecker (I use Open Office but this is a general problem) won't recognize .NET as a valid word. A also cannot add it to a user specific dictionary because of the leading dot. Also the grammar checker has a mayor problem with the dot.

I consider this a general problem with spell-checkers and grammar-checking software. If I recall correctly for a similar reason they invented a lowercase and a uppercase version of ß (German letter 'S-Z', Html entity: ß) but which are both looking the same.

To make it short, is there a unicode symbol which looks like a dot but is classified as a letter symbol?

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Although your thesis is about programming, this particular question is better suited for superuser.com. –  Greg Hewgill Jul 29 '10 at 11:34
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I'd suggest using DotNet instead everywhere and then you could just do a global search and replace right before handing it in/printing it. Btw, I think this should probably be on superuser rather than stackoverflow. –  ho1 Jul 29 '10 at 11:36
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OOo doesn't complain .NET for me. –  KennyTM Jul 29 '10 at 11:36
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I definitely wouldn't want to start including bogus characters in my documents just to satisfy a spell-checker. Spell-checkers are merely diagnostic tools to spot accidental mistakes: you can and should ignore them when you know you are right. It's a pointless task to try to author documents with zero spell-checker/grammar-checker reports. –  bobince Jul 29 '10 at 12:08
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@bobince: The problem is that so many bogus-errors let you oversee same real spelling errors. If I develop a program which compiles with thousands of warnings then the usefulness of warnings are senseless. –  cody Jul 29 '10 at 12:26

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According to the punctuation chart, "U+2024 ONE DOT LEADER" might be the right symbol fr your use case.

If there is a workaround, maybe using widely acknowledged DOTNet or dot.net, might be another discussion.

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"DOTNet" would work whereas "dot.net" will suffer from the same problem –  cody Jan 23 '11 at 13:21

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