Spelling Service

The Spelling request allows you to retrieve spelling suggestions from the spelling database. This chapter explains how the request works, including arguments and their values. It contains the following sections:


You must escape reserved characters to use them in argument values, although they are sometimes shown unescaped for readability. See ?.

Spelling syntax: The end user searches on the words “monkeys” and “giraffes”. You send the following to the BOSS:


BOSS finds a suggestion and returns the following lines in XML, indicating that the new spelling is a suggestion:

<bossresponse responsecode="200">
  <spelling start="0" count="1" totalresults="1">

Response fields

The SPELL request returns the following fields:

Field name Description
suggestion The actual spelling suggestion.