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Old 10-27-2011, 11:49 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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So this has been a feature on my computer for a long time. My husbands iPad has it. My PC had it. My Mac has it. By a search, I found that cell phones have it.
My question is, is this standard on all computers and electronics now? I remember when this didn't exist. I know people who have constant spelling mistakes and as my husband just said "do they not see the red line???"
Is it part of the computer itself? Part of Firefox as well as all browsers? Part of all word programs?

I can't find much info on it and I'm curious.


PS - I love it. Saves me sometimes!
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:11 AM
 
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It's part of the program, as far as browsers go FF introduced it maybe back in 2004? I think IE7 was next. Prior to that it was add on like iespell for IE.
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I know people who have constant spelling mistakes
and as my husband just said "do they not see the red line???"
In addition to being poor spellers...
perhaps they don't know how to turn the feature on?

Or... being such poor spellers they turned it off deliberately.
(Rather than to be reminded of their shortcoming so often.)

hth
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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In FF go to Tools/Options/Advanced/General tab and you will find Check my spelling as I type, which can be turned on or off.
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I wish it would choose suggested alternatives based on frequency of use, instead of similarity of keystrokes. If I mistype "sid", it does not offer "said", but suggests the highly improbably "dis". For "sais", it offers "saris" and "dais", but not "says". For "sith", it offers "saith", but not "with". "ut" does not offer "but". "nd" offer's "end", but not "and".
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Old 10-28-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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It's part of the software. Initially introduced by Microsoft. Prior to real-time spell-check, you to run a "spell-check function" after composing.
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:53 PM
 
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I wish it would choose suggested alternatives based on frequency of use, instead of similarity of keystrokes. If I mistype "sid", it does not offer "said", but suggests the highly improbably "dis". For "sais", it offers "saris" and "dais", but not "says". For "sith", it offers "saith", but not "with". "ut" does not offer "but". "nd" offer's "end", but not "and".
Any program is only as good as the person that wrote it. Back in the day I added a custom spell check to WordPerfect 5.1 for all the secretaries because WP didn't have one. Something I found to be amazingly shortsighted (or just plain lazy) on their part. On the other hand the capability of their macros was astounding!
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Old 10-28-2011, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I wish it would choose suggested alternatives based on frequency of use, instead of similarity of keystrokes. If I mistype "sid", it does not offer "said", but suggests the highly improbably "dis". For "sais", it offers "saris" and "dais", but not "says". For "sith", it offers "saith", but not "with". "ut" does not offer "but". "nd" offer's "end", but not "and".

I find it's purpose is best for when I want to spell crockadial but can't quite get it right, more so than missing or hitting a wrong key. But hey, when you do hit "sid" or "sith" by accident, it alerts you to the mistake!
That's what I call useful.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:21 AM
 
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I find it's purpose is best for when I want to spell crockadial but can't quite get it right, .
I've done that. I never learned to type and still "hunt and peck" but can type very quickly as long as my eyes are on the keyboard. I make a lot of typos and then I use the spell check to straighten it out.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:46 AM
 
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I've done that. I never learned to type and still "hunt and peck" but can type very quickly as long as my eyes are on the keyboard. I make a lot of typos and then I use the spell check to straighten it out.
You should switch to the Dvorak keyboard. It's designed to speed up typing while the QWERTY keyboard is designed to slow down typing. It's hard for people who know how to type to switch... but easy for those who don't.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard
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