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Firefox Spell Checking
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, June 25, 2006

One of the frustrations that many people express about dealing with posting comments or what have you using the Firefox browser is that they can't spell check their posts. Internet Explorer, of course, has long had a dedicated spell-checker with the free IESpell application.

Well, as it turns out, there is, in fact, a free spell check extension for Firefox/Mozilla that's been around for a while. It's called SpellBound, but unfortunately, it doesn't work with Firefox 1.5. It hasn't been updated for a year or so at its original site, so it's only good for Mozilla, and Firefox 1.0.

Happily, however, there has been some new development, and a fresh version of the Spellbound extension is now available for the newer versions of Firefox.

To install the extension, open Firefox, and paste the following URL into the browser.

http://exchangecode.com/spellbound/downloads/spellbound-dev_20060108.xpi

Accept the warning to trust the extension publisher. Once you have done that, you need to install the US English dictionary, by pasting the following URL into the browser:

http://downloads.mozdev.org/dictionaries/spell-en-US.xpi

Again, trust the publisher to install the extension.

Now, close Firefox and restart it.

The first time you check spelling, The "Language" drop-down box at the bottom of the spell check form may have to be changed, in order to point to the US English dictionary extension you installed. From that point on, you'll have spell checking available to check any text box entry you make in Firefox.

It checks spelling as you type, so that the questionable words are underlined in red. To spell-check, simply right-click inside the text box and select "Check Spelling" from the pop-up menu.

I'm always glad to be the bearer of good news.
 
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The IESpell link is incomplete. (http:///)

Regards
JJ
 
Written By: John Johns
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Or you could have a Mac, with spell-checking built-in in all text fields from the beginning :)
 
Written By: Mithras
URL: http://mithrastheprophet.blogspot.com
Firefox 2, currently in alpha, has this feature as part of the base application.
 
Written By: Josh Poulson
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Cool - no more misspelled words!!!!
 
Written By: meagain
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gee, and here I’ve been copying my post to Word or Outlook, checking the spelling and then correcting it.
 
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Ah, cool.

Thanks very much!
 
Written By: McQ
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Maybe people could learn to spell? You know, have a grasp of the basics of at least their native language?
 
Written By: grumpy grammarian
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Alternatively you could use aspellfox which works for Firefox 1.5.x and can be downloaded from the mozilla extension site. All you need to do then is install aspell. (Works very easily under linux as well since aspell is installed by default with most distros)
 
Written By: Daniel
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The google extension for firefox has one of the best spell check functions in the world. no matter how you look at it, Firefox is the best browser in the world.
 
Written By: Frank
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That’s great, fx has been my favourite browser for a while.

Although I won’t need that extension, I never missepll words. lol
 
Written By: ?????
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Well, I’ve kept the Spellbound and Library XPI’s and just drop them onto Firefox 1.5.0.x and they install JUST FINE. I’ve been using them all along.

They won’t install from the download site, but the XPI’s off my disk install with no problems... what’s wrong with everyone else?????
 
Written By: Paul Hubert
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Thank you very much for this. I really like SpellBound, and this was the solution my my Firefox upgrade dilemma. :-)
 
Written By: David G
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I got a error message when I tried installing it
 
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