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Automatic Spell-Check is Here!

A long time in coming
Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:35 AM

File this in the "Better late than never" drawer...

We're very happy to announce that PeakProsperity.com will now automatically detect misspellings as you type a new comment or post. More, you can instantly correct misspelled words with the click of your mouse.

How It Works

The spell-check software will underline any misspelled words in red:

To replace a typo with the correctly-spelled word, simply click on the typo and right-click your mouse. A dropdown menu with suggestions will appear; then click on the word you originally intended.

Long Time Coming

This deceptively simple-seeming feature has been on the project list for years, literally. I won't go into the technical reasons and other frustrations why it took us so long to launch it, but let me say than no one is happier than me to see this live. Its protracted delay had been a real headache.

Anyways, it's live now -- hallelujah! Use it, enjoy it, and be sure to let us know if you encounter any glitches (most new launches usually have a hiccup or two).

cheers,

Adam

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Wendy S. Delmater's picture
Wendy S. Delmater
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wow, I know that was work

My dyslexic fingers thank you.

And I notice that you posted this at 2:35 AM, you hard-working guy.  I notice these things.

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troof
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oser noser

Eye doan no iph thiz iz a ghood eyedea ore knot.  Seams leyek itt jus feads furrthur intoo tha dumming doun ov

Amerika.  Pluss, itt mizzes thoas mizsteaks leyek:

it's and its

your and you're

break and brake

there're and their

ettsetura

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Spelling...
troof wrote:

Eye doan no iph thiz iz a ghood eyedea ore knot.  Seams leyek itt jus feads furrthur intoo tha dumming doun ov

Amerika.  Pluss, itt mizzes thoas mizsteaks leyek:

(...)

 

Ain't that the troof!

Along with the spell checker, we're excited to be able to advance the site again in ways both small and large.  

 

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What a Gift!

Spelling has been a mystery to me since third grade.  No matter how I tried it just was not something I could ever fully master.  For me, the advent of spell check in word processing was as important as the invention of the light bulb was to Western Civilization.

Thank you, Adam.  This is a marvelous day.

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Yes!

Embarrassingly, this has been the biggest gripe I've had with the website. Thank you so much for taking care of it!  I got a 490 on my SAT verbal 15 years ago.  That deficiency would have held me back if it wasn't for spell check.  Instead, I was able to slip into an great school, graduate with an engineering degree, and land a great job in finance. Wasteful? Maybe.  But I'm not complaining!

 

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just right click

Thanks.

To replace a typo with the correctly-spelled word, simply click on the typo and right-click your mouse.

I think it is easier to just right click, no need to click and right click.

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Double thumbs up.

Thanks people.

My spelling is an embarrassment.

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Embarrassment?

Arthur, I always thought your misspelled words were intentional and it was up to us to figure out the hidden meaning. I'm so disappointed. 

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American spellings

Hmm. I wonder if that won't serve to annoy those of us in the rest of the English speaking world who use traditional spellings. For example: Theatre, Colour, Cheque etc. :)

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As I understand it

it's optional whether you take the spell-checker's advice.  You have to right-click and actively select an option, so if you prefer to spell something in an unnnnnnnnuuuusuuuuual way, or even in a way that is correct for your dialect but unrecognized by our rather unfortunately mono-national spell-checker, you can do that.

We welcome all English variants here, in case there was any question!

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james_knight_chaucer
james_knight_chaucer wrote:

Hmm. I wonder if that won't serve to annoy those of us in the rest of the English speaking world who use traditional spellings. For example: Theatre, Colour, Cheque etc. :)

There is an ADD WORD option in the right click dropdown box.

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And it's platform-neutral..

Am pleased to see it works well in my non- Windows operating system, too.

A nice addition. Thanks.

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Spell Chequer

Grate!  I can hardly weight!

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Looser!

Grate!  I can hardly weight! (sic)

What a looser!

(Sorry, kidding...)

 

 

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cmartenson wrote: Ain't dat
cmartenson wrote:

Ain't dat da troof!

Along with the spell checker, we're excited to be able to advance the site again in ways both small and large.  

ficksed it fur ya

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TinyMCE?

Did you switch the editor to TinyMCE?

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Why not a GrammarCheck

Okay, but how about posts that have incorrect grammar, like "no one is happier than me....".  This is harder on me than misspellings.

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Ballyshannon wrote:Okay, but
Ballyshannon wrote:

Okay, but how about posts that have incorrect grammar, like "no one is happier than me....".  This is harder on me than misspellings.

Grammar is often more art than science, and the example you've given here is debatable (for those of us who enjoy debating these things).  For example, whether you believe the above example is correct or incorrect may depend on whether you interpret "than" as a preposition or a conjunction.  This article presents out some interesting pros and cons, and gives a nod to historical references.

I'd love to have a comprehensive grammar checker that offered all appropriate (or at least all debate-worthy) options with comprehensive, footnoted reasoning to help the writer choose between or among them.  Sadly, I suspect that it would not be appreciated by most users.

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Beware

Be aware that automatic spell-check could end up being your worst enema.

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On / Off Switch

Adam,

Is there any way to turn the feature on/off?

If I'm inserting some text in a line, sometimes the text appears at the end of the next word, not where I wanted it to go. I'm trying to replicate the problem here, but it is working fine. I'll pay attention to the conditions when it occurs again.

Grover

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