Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hurray for Spelling Errs Onlyne

And now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite.
Of none eye am a wear.
--- author unknown

Do you spell as well as you think?

Sadly, I don't. I just didn't know. I was getting help from Microsoft Office, which works very well. Some errors are corrected automatically. Suspicious words are underlined with a red squiggly line.

Recently, I've started doing more work online through my browser (e.g., blogging). Without my invisible net, I'm amazed at how many mistakes I make. It's much like me thinking I can brave the elements when it's really because I'm driving. Aren't we great at fooling ourselves?

Lean On FireFox
Thankfully, using FireFox 2 as your web browser will solve most of your problems. There is a fairly good spelling checker included. Errors are underlined with a discreet red dotted line. Unfortunately, there's no grammar checking. I'm finding I'm not as good with that as I thought :(

So Why Are There Errors At All?
Errors on websites of websites of major companies are hard to explain. Look at "Businees" on Dell Canada's website. That's rather obvious, but obviously not.

If multibillion dollar (or even multimillion dollar) companies make blatant mistakes despite all their resources, think of what that means. We can do better than them. That's empowering.

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