spell checking in activities (was Re: xo activity idea)
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Sat Dec 6 05:18:20 EST 2008
> Yifan <yifan.sun at students.olin.edu> writes:
>> I had an idea for an activity, something like a write activity with a
>> constantly updating spell checker that displayed spelling suggestions as you
Which raises the question: What happened to the spell checking that used
to be in the Write and Browse activities? Trac bugs 5394 and 6099
suggest Write and Browse used to spell check but did not have a context
menu for alternatives. Now on my XO running 8.2.0 neither highlights
mis-spelled words. Is it intentional the feature went away in both?
The only spell checking application on my 8.2.0 XO is Firefox, using its
own local en-US dictionaries and a personal dictionary in
~/isolation/blah/.mozilla. I believe the underlying libraries for all
three activities use the same Hunspell engine and could share a common
dictionary (Trac 6104).
> When designing a spell-checker, we should keep in mind that the
> spell-checker should always suggest correct spellings, and never
> underline errors.
I disagree. I think the standard "red dots" spell checking that AbiWord
and Firefox do is extremely useful.
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