Spell Check is Go! (At least when you ask Firefox nicely.)

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 2:24 am

 

You probably remember the smile that spread across your face during Drupal training when we told you about Mozilla Firefox's built-in spell checking.  Next came the crushing disappointment when we finished our sentence "...and right now it doesn't work."

Well invite that smile back!  Today is the warmest day since winter began, and we've figured out how you can use spell check!  This shouldn't replace things like reading the text you write, but it's a useful tool to catch things that you might miss.

You can read the complete spell check instructions in the help section, but here's the short version:

  1. First, make sure you're using Mozilla Firefox.  It should be loaded on all Grinnell College computers.
  2. Go to the editing interface of the page you want to spell check.
  3. On PC and Mac, hold down the CTRL key.
  4. On PC, right-click inside the body field you want to spell check.
    On Mac, click inside the body field you want to spell check.
  5. Select "Check Spelling" in the right-click context menu that pops up.

Yu shoud now seee incorectly speled wurds underliined in red. To fix them, just fix the spelling or hold CTRL, right-click the misspelled word, choose the correct spelling. On Mac, hold CTRL, click the mispelled word, choose the coorect spelling.

The spell checker isn't perfect—for starters, "Grinnell" isn't in Firefox's dictionary!—but as long as you use the same computer for most Drupaling, you can add words to the dictionary.  But don't take my word for it.  Read the full spell checking instructions instead, and let us know if you run into any problems.

In the coming weeks, we'll try to see if we can turn on spell checking by default, but for now, spell check is another tool at your disposal to make our website great.