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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.
[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.
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.
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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