Spell Checker Add-On
What if you want to check the spelling of all the text on a web page, not just the bits you type into text boxes? Installing the add-on Spell Checker adds a ‘Spell Check’ item to the bottom of the Edit menu. When this is clicked the current web page is checked to see if it is associated with a language setting. If it’s not, then a warning message comes up: ‘Page language is not specified’, and the plugin quits.
If the page is associated with a language, however (and most web pages in English appear to be), then a dictionary of words in that language is loaded and all the visible words on the web page are checked against it. This may take a few seconds, depending on the length of the page. Those words that don’t match are flagged with a dotted red boundary, and the user can click on these to see alternative spellings, although they can’t be replaced, of course, unless you have access to the website. Not all unrecognized words generate alternate spelling lists.
Despite being experimental the add-on worked fine on my system, and the only negative comment I have is that the red outline looked a little ugly, and a more attractive formatting method might be more appealing.
For full-time website creators, of course, there are spelling checkers built into packages like Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression Web. It’s also possible to add a spell checker into a Joomla! installation so that authors can check their articles as they enter them – but those are stories for another day.