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British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:06:48 AM »
Of course spell-checks can't spot everything as the following poem demonstrates:

Cheque Yore Spellings!

I have a spelling chequer,
Witch came with my pea see.
It plane lee Marx four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye run it threw each poem,
It does pleas me two no -
I’m shore its perfect awl the weigh:
My spell cheque tolled me sew.

Sum say that using chequers
Mite make hour skills decline,
And if weir maid too do with out,
We wood bee herd two wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite.
Of nun eye am a wear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud,
And wee mussed do the best we can,
Sew floors are knot aloud.

A veiling of this chequer
Just freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps ewe right awl stiles two reed,
And aides yew when ewe rime.

Each frays that comes posed on my screen,
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours oar every word,
To cheque the spelling rule.

Now spelling does not phase me;
It does knot bring a tier.
And if I’m lacks or have a laps,
Aisle still suck seed - know fear!

Sow yule now sea why aye do prays
This soft wear on pea seize,
And why eye brake in two averse
Four talents that it frieze!

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« Last Edit: November 19, 2010, 10:18:28 AM by TCD813 »
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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010, 10:24:00 AM »
And it should go without saying, that for those who have more than mild dyslexia, choosing the right word from a spell-check list is far from easy, so we should be careful not to criticise members for 'failing to use a spell-checker'.

However, for those who do subsequently notice their 'mispronts' and 'trype-writting' and are helped by the dotty lines which appear when using a word-processor, her's something which can help with on-line postings and web-based e-mail.

I and a number of other Forum members prefer the Firefox browser for speed, security and add-ons.

Download and install it from the official Mozilla Firefox site.

Import all of your Favourites/Bookmarks, cookies, preferences from Internet Exploiter and you're ready to roll.

Now follow the instructions in the attachment:
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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2010, 10:29:13 AM »
I, personally, use the Firefox browser on my two iMacs at home and on PCs at work.

Downloading and installing a British English spell-checker in Firefox on the Mac is virtually the same.

I could produce and up-load a pdf if anyone posts a request.
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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2010, 10:30:08 AM »
Perhaps other Forum members who use other browsers and/or other operating systems might wish to add to this thread.
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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2010, 11:34:51 AM »
Perhaps other Forum members who use other browsers and/or other operating systems might wish to add to this thread.

I personally have used Opera for browsing, newsfeeds, and as my email client for several years :).

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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010, 12:28:27 PM »
Used Opera until very recently but the latest version runs very slowly, to the point where it isn't usable, on Mac OSX.

If you use OSX I'd recommend Camino, which is pretty much a Macintosh-optimised variant of Firefox which is a fair bit faster, and although it doesn't have add-ons it still has all the other features of Firefox including the spellchecker.

www.caminobrowser.org

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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2010, 08:20:07 AM »
... If you use OSX I'd recommend Camino, which is pretty much a Macintosh-optimised variant of Firefox which is a fair bit faster, and although it doesn't have add-ons it still has all the other features of Firefox including the spellchecker...

Thanks. I'll have a look at it.
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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2010, 09:36:07 AM »
The poem in the first post is actually quite fantastic, showing words that sound the same, but spelt differently and with completely different meanings.  It is a gem in its own write.  (pun intended).
Sadly, spelling by the younger generations is rapidly worsening and it will eventually become a chore to try and read the written word. 
I wonder if spell-checkers are of any use.  Surely they are only as good as the compiler and if they mispel a word, it perpetuates same the more often it is used.
I oftimes wonder if spelling should be taught in schools the way I was; ie., by repetition of the word and teachers giving out long lists of words for pupils to learn. 
Cheers,

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Re: British English spell-checker for on-line postings
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2010, 01:46:32 PM »
The poem in the first post is actually quite fantastic, showing words that sound the same, but spelt differently and with completely different meanings.  It is a gem in its own write.  (pun intended)...

Thanks for the kind comment. I found a number of different versions on the internet. I combined some of the best, and modified here-and-there.

... words that sound the same, but spelt differently and with completely different meanings...

In a word: homophones.

I oftimes (Ahem: oft-times) wonder if spelling should be taught in schools the way I was; ie., by repetition of the word and teachers giving out long lists of words for pupils to learn.  

That does happen to quite an extent, with a theme (eg -igh/-ight) to the weekly list.

We also teach about homophones and try to have some fun with them, which is why I originally found and printed the poem. We also look at how puns work with job titles/book covers:
  • 'The History of Punishment in Schools' Ben Dover
  • 'Fear of Heights' Eileen Dover
  • 'How to be Modest' Hugh Jigo
  • Head of Plumbing and Sanitary Services – Dwayne Pype
  • Trumptonshire's Director of Transport Services – Wendy Buscomes

I wonder if spell-checkers are of any use.  Surely they are only as good as the compiler and if they mispel (Ahem: mis-spell or misspell) a word, it perpetuates same the more often it is used.

If one's keyboard skills are not 100% then I, personally, find that it's useful to find some red dotty lines under the offending item. The are, however, a few problems...
  • The first is with a correctly–spelled word (one which was correctly spelt) but which is the wrong one for the context. I could've swapped the past tense spelled for the participle spelt without upsetting the spell-checker; or – as you pointed out – other homophones (your/you're/yore, there/their/they're).
  • It could also be a dropped letter (a god example?)
  • Another is whether the spell-checker is British English or US English. (Does your browser have favorites?)
  • Some, common, names and places will be in the dictionary (Cambridge, London) but others (Hunstanton, Wisbech, Waterbeach) will not.
  • More specialised vocabulary may not be in the dictionary: roster was in mine; rostering was not. Until I added it. Roistering was suggested! (The depôt manager roistered the drivers for their duties.)
  • Thus the spell-checker could tempt you into using the wrong word.
  • I've also had to correct the users dictionaries where pupils have added a mis-spelling!
  • Spell-check dictionaries often have a restrictive policy on hyphenated words: I prefer mis-spelling my Firefox spell-checker misspelling.
  • A similar restrictive policy applies on diacriticals: I prefer the depôt manager to have a rôle; most spell-checkers prefer the depot manager to have a role.

There ought to be a neat Latin phrase of warning about spell-check dictionaries (like caveat emptor 'buyer beware').

If there were (and I'm no Latin scholar) it might be something like caveat scriptor.

Edits: typos which I still hadn't spotted in Preview mode!
« Last Edit: November 20, 2010, 01:51:22 PM by TCD813 »
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