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									SPELL CHECKERS

Not many of us are blessed with the ability to spell every
word correctly. Unfortunately, there are people out there
who suffer from dyslexia or other learning difficulties
who, no matter how hard they try, are unable to spell
correctly. Others who consider the inability to spell to be
a sign of ignorance, many who couldn’t care less what
others think of their spelling and yet more who are bad
spellers and attempt to hide the problem by making
deliberate mistakes. There are also those who insist on
using ‘text talk’ because they are unable to spell
correctly; are too lazy to spell correctly or consider the
use of this style of communication to be ‘cool’.

The purpose of this Help File is not to judge, it is
provided purely for those wishing to identify and/or
correct mistakes.


Below we discuss several options which can be
employed to rectify mistakes, whether it be to spell check
one word, spell check a complete message or translate
text talk into useable English.



SPELL CHECKERS - WHAT ARE THEY?
Tools used to identify and/or correct spelling mistakes.




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I ONLY NEED TO SPELL CHECK ONE
WORD:
If you have no spell check facility installed on your
computer system consider using www.dictionary.com.
No downloading is necessary.
Using this web site allows you to type in a word and
search as in Fig: 1




                         Fig: 1

Clicking on Search will quickly provide correct spelling,
a pronunciation key and meaning of the word. See Fig: 2.




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                          Fig: 2



I HAVE A SPELL CHECKER IN MY
WORD PROCESSOR. CAN I USE THIS?:
The simple answer is yes. However, it is not without
problems and can be very messy. The method involves
typing a message in a word processor (e.g. Micro-soft
Word), spell checking and then copying and pasting into
the Message Forum. Unfortunately, many word
processors use formatting code not used by the forum
system and consequently, when pasted into a message
box, can result in being incorrectly displayed. It may also
display the formatting codes not normally seen when
using a word processor. We don’t recommend the use of
this method.
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WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE
AVAILABLE?:
JACUBA:

Available FREE - http://www.jacuba.com/tryit.jsp

Jacuba is a spell checker that works ‘as you type’. Any
spelling mistake is underlined in red as you go. (See Fig:
3).




                          Fig: 3

Right clicking on the underlined word will display a
small drop down menu giving alternatives. (See Fig:4).
Simply click the correct word in the list and the
amendment will be inserted for you – pretty cool.




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                          Fig: 4

The system does not require downloading, installation or
registration as it works by direct server link. It’s also
FREE.
The only downside to this (if indeed it is one) is that you
need to click the ‘Jacuba Spell’ button (See Fig: 5) in
your toolbar on each occasion you post a message. It is
not automatically initiated. When you consider that to do
any spell check you will need to click at least one button,
this is no real hardship.




                          Fig: 5

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GOOGLE TOOLBAR – INCLUDING
SPELL CHECKER:
Available from - http://toolbar.google.com/en_GB/

Another FREEBIE. This time from Google. This small
download installs a useful additional toolbar to your
Browser (See Fig: 6)




                         Fig: 6



The Google Toolbar also provides facilities to Search;
Block pop-ups; together with several other options. To
download go to the above Google web site and click on
the download button (See Fig: 7). Installation is
automatic but does require you to re-start your browser
before the toolbar appears.




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                          Fig: 7



IESPELL:
Available from - http://www.download.com/3000-
2378_4-10208550.html

As the name implies this is a spellchecker for Internet
Explorer, which loads a spell check icon onto your
Explorer toolbar (See Fig: 8)




                          Fig:8

Go to the above web site where you will see several
options to download (See Fig: 9). Click on any of the
links provided to download.


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                           Fig: 9

Again, this is another FREE and simple to use facility.




I DO NOT UNDERSTAND TEXT TALK:
This is becoming a more frequently used statement as
text talk grows in popularity due to the advent of mobile
telephones and messenger systems on the web. However,
worthy of note at this juncture is that one of our Terms
and Conditions insists you do not use text talk on the
forums. Should you decide to ignore this restriction, you
run the risk of having your posts deleted by the Admin
Team and, continued use may lead to you being barred
from using the forums.

For those of us that do not understand text talk, there is
now an on-line translation tool available from -
http://www.transl8it.com/cgi-win/index.pl

This simple to use tool allows translations from text talk
into English and vice-versa. An example is given below
(See Fig:10).

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                 Fig: 10



THE ADMIN TEAM
18/12/2005

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