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Tag: SPELLING

AutoCorrect for English harnesses the power of AutoHotkey for typo-free text

There are certain words in English that are very easy to get wrong, like aggravate, exaggerate, and acquainted (as you see in the screenshot). AutoCorrect for English (ACE) is a fantastic script for correcting exactly those type of mistakes, and it does so seamlessly, quickly, and across your entire system. ACE is very easy to overlook it, because it hasn't been updated since 2007, it doesn't hav...

How to make spelling errors more visible in Firefox

Firefox has a very nice built-in spellchecker; it's not as nice as After the Deadline, but it still gets the job done. One problem I've had with it, though, is that the squiggly line underneath misspelled words is very easy to miss; it's red, yes, but it's also super-thin and really tiny. If you've had a similar problem and, for some reason, don't feel like trying out After the Deadline, you will...

After the Deadline now checks your grammar, spelling on Google Chrome!

We've covered After the Deadline before -- from its emergence as a WordPress plug-in to the arrival of the Firefox extension. Now, Google Chrome users can get in on the grammar-y goodness: After the Deadline is now available from the Chrome Extension Gallery. The new extension is loaded with options, allowing you to whitelist certain phrases and websites, automatically check textareas prior ...

Google counters your terrible spelling skills with better error correction

Everyone knows you can use Google as a way of correcting your bad spelling. Just put in a word that you're not sure about, and it will give you the familiar "Did you mean?" result. There's no need to be embarrassed, just click through and find what you meant to search for. Well, now Google's going one step further with improved spelling correction. If it's absolutely sure you've botched the spelli...

After the Deadline grammar, spell check addon for Firefox is a writer's best friend

After the Deadline has been mentioned before here on Download Squad. In September of 2009, Automattic (the company behind WordPress) acquired ATD and promptly integrated it into their wildly popular blogging platform. If you do any writing anywhere on the web and you're using Firefox, you'll be glad to know that the After the Deadline add-on has hit version 1.0 and should be shedding Mozilla's ...

WordPress gets a better spellchecker, After the Deadline

Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has acquired a spiffy spellchecker called After The Deadline. It's now available on Wordpress blogs, and you can enable it in the Wordpress visual editor by clicking the ABC button with the green checkmark (If you're using a WordPress.org install, get the plugin). After the Deadline is smarter than the spellcheckers we're used to in desktop apps, because i...

After the Deadline polishes your writing online

While some modern browsers include built-in spell checkers, and some operating systems include built-in spelling and grammar checkers, there are people out there using operating systems and browsers that do not have these features. If you're looking for some help with your writing and don't have access to Microsoft Word or a similarly-powered word processor, there is a solution available on the ...

Gramlee - Website for people who can't write good

Ever wish that Derek Zoolander had decided to open a night school? Or maybe opened a secondary school, so that once those kids that couldn't read good or do other stuff too well got better at it, they could go on to learn to do other things? What if Zoolander teamed up with the University of Phoenix, and offered online courses? Your prayers have been answered, sort of. Gramlee is an online service...

Camino updates to 1.5 for Mac OS X

For those who have never had the pleasure, Camino is an open source browser based on the same Gecko rendering engine as Firefox, but built to integrate much better with Mac OS X. Right out of the box Camino has a much more Mac look and feel, and under the hood it has integrated better with Mac OS X by doing things like storing web passwords in the Mac OS X Keychain (a centralized, secured and b...

URL Fixer: Don't let typos slow down your browsing

I think it was around 1997 when I first thought, "gee, it would be great if when I made an obvious typo in a URL, the browser would cleverly fix it for me." I'm glad to see that progress marches apace: URL Fixer is an add-on for Firefox by Netscape developer Chris Finke that, a decade later, solves this problem, or at least takes a good stab at it. When you make an obvious typo--like using a comma...

Bookworm Adventures - Today's Time Waster

I'm a sucker for spelling games, and Bookworm Adventures is by far the best I've played in a long time. If you read Penny Arcade, you've heard of this one already. It's a turn-based RPG for Windows that works like most RPGs' battle modes: You face off against a series of enemies, increasing your power and gaining new items and abilities as you win battles. The twist, of course, is that you do bat...

OpenDNS: Teaching the DNS dog new tricks

Every one of use uses DNS every time we connect to the internet, yet it's been decades since anyone has made any improvements to the end-user experience. In case you're scratching your head (or saying, "DNS? Isn't that the thing that happens when Internet Explorer can't connect?"), DNS is the system that, among other things, translates the addresses you type into your browser into the IP numbers t...