Spell Checkers for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera: Online Writing Made Easier

Everyone has things to type, especially since the advent of the [tag]World Wide Web[/tag]. One of the best classes I ever had in high school was typing. When I was in 7th Grade I got a C+ in typing, but now I can type over a hundred words a minute. Not bad for a C+ … eat your heart out Mrs. typing- I can’t remember your name! :)

Even though I can [tag]type[/tag] fast, I still make lots of [tag]mistakes[/tag]  and despite my, seemingly, endless years of higher education, there are still words I [tag]misspell[/tag]. Thankfully, almost all [tag]word[/tag] processors have [tag]spell[/tag] checkers “built in” these days, but the web browsers still do not come with built-in spell checkers. I find this odd since the majority of us now use web browsers as our one super-application; most of us use the web browser more than any other application on our computers.

While traversing the web, I have come across three [tag]freeware[/tag] [tag]spell[/tag] [tag]checkers[/tag] that I have put to use daily and can personally vouch for. Since I perform quite a bit of web [tag]programming[/tag], I use multiple browsers to check the layouts of my web design to see if they are consistant across the platforms. Although there is no one program that works with the three main web [tag]browsers[/tag] I use, ([tag]Opera[/tag], [tag]IE[/tag] and [tag]Firefox[/tag]) I do have a different one for each.

FIREFOX: [tag]Spellbound[/tag]
Homepage: http://spellbound.sourceforge.net/index

SpellBound is a spell checker for the Firefox browser, that allows you to check the spelling for any text that you have typed into a web form or text area. Just right click in the form or select the text to be checked, and a dialog will mark misspelled words and automatically suggest replacements.

Screenshot:

spbound

[tag]Internet Explorer[/tag]: [tag]ieSpell[/tag]
Homepage: http://www.iespell.com/

ieSpell is an Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. The program installs on the IE toolbar. To use it, simply click the ieSpell button on the toolbar and a new spell checking dialog box will appear.

Screenshot:

iespell

Opera: [tag]Aspell[/tag]
Homepage: http://aspell.sourceforge.net/

[tag]GNU[/tag] Aspell is a Free and [tag]Open Source[/tag] spell checker. Opera actually recommends it and has a detailed support page for it on their site: http://www.opera.com/support/tutorials/opera/spellcheck/. Aspell works very similar to Spellbound, simply just right click in the form or select the text to be checked, and a dialog will mark misspelled words and automatically suggest replacements.

Screenshot:

operaspell

                                                               ~J. Pisano

Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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