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2007.06.06

Firefox and the AUGI Forums, Part III

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In Part II we looked at Dictionaries, now is the turn of Spell Checking.

As mentioned previously, version 2.0 of Firefox and above comes with (automatic) inline spell checking built-in. From the Tools pull-down menu > Options > Advanced > General tab > Check my spelling as I type tick-box, under Browsing area.

By default, automatic inline spell checking is enabled in multi-line text boxes (text-area fields) eg When composing a post in the AUGI Forums, Firefox will automatically check your spelling. Any misspelled / unknown words will be highlighted with a dotted red line underneath.

For some strange reason, automatic inline spell checking is not enabled by default in single-line text boxes (text-input fields) eg When composing a post in the AUGI Forums, Firefox will not automatically check your spelling in the Title: field.

Such fields have to be checked manually using the Spell check this field option, that is available via the right-click menu (Note: When right-clicking you must be in a suitable field for this option to be displayed).

Thankfully, the above spell check limitation can be simply removed by making use of about:config. If you require a quick and simple primer on using about:config, go HERE. The following links present the information needed to remove the spell check limitation (all three provide basically the same content):

To correct a misspelled word, right-click with the cursor I-beam somewhere over the misspelled word, a list of possible suggestions (assuming Firefox is able to do so) will appear in bold at the top of the right-click menu, select the correct word from the list presented.

To add an unknown word (or correctly spelled word that is not in the dictionary being used), right-click with the cursor I-beam somewhere over the unknown word, at the top of the right-click menu (if no possible suggestions are present, or immediately below if present), select the Add to dictionary option.

If you inadvertently add a word to the dictionary, it may be removed by employing the following method:

Hopefully the above has shown (at least a little bit) the power and usefulness of having spell check functionality at your finger-tips, inside a web browser.

Listed below are a few spell check options for different web browsers:

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