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Spell Checker

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Introduction

The Spell Checker checks the contents of all of the pages on the Administrative Site for spelling errors. It works in conjunction with the Local Dictionary window ( below ), which allows you to maintain a local dictionary of words not found in the main dictionary. The spell checker ignores any text that looks like a simple URL; words that end in ".com", ".org", ".net", ".edu", ".htm", or ".html", or that start with "www." are ignored.

Spell Checker Page Contents

The top of the Spell Checker page displays a hyperlink that opens the Local Dictionary window (described below ).

The Spell Checker displays the errors it finds for each page in sections separated by horizontal lines followed by the Short Title of the page:

Spell Checker Page

Click on the Short Title to open a new window containing the page in question. Position the cursor over the Short Title for a tooltip with the URL of the page.

To the right of the Short Title appear two command buttons:

[Edit]

Opens the page in question in the Page Editor. Errors are highlighted, making it easy to correct spelling errors. Saving the file in the Page Editor clears all error highlighting.


[MEdit]

Opens the page in question in the Page Editor in Markup mode. Errors are highlighted, making it easy to correct spelling errors. Saving the file in the Page Editor clears all error highlighting.

The misspelled words are hyperlinks that work in conjunction with the Local Dictionary window, described below.

The total number of spelling errors found is shown at the bottom of the page. If no errors are found, the Spell Checker says so.

Local Dictionary Page Contents

The Local Dictionary window allows you to maintain a local dictionary of words not found in the main dictionary:

Local Dictionary

The left side of the Local Dictionary page displays a form with the following entries:

Local Dictionary

A text entry box for entering or editing the contents of the Local Dictionary. You can type words directly into the box, separated by spaces or newlines.

Upon submission, the contents of the box will be sorted with capitalized words separated from lowercase words. If a word only appears capitalized (such as a proper name) then enter it that way. Capitalized entries will only match capitalized words. Lowercase entries will match both capitalized and uncapitalized forms.

If a word appears in either of the Web Dictionary text boxes (on the right), you can copy the word to the Local Dictionary List by clicking on the "Add to Local" link under the text box.

New entries are saved only if you click on "Save Changes."


Save Changes

Sorts and saves the contents of the Local Dictionary text entry box (described above) to the Local Dictionary file and refreshes the Local Dictionary window.


Cancel

Cancels any unsaved changes and closes the Local Dictionary Window.


Web Dictionaries

The right side of the Local Dictionary page displays forms for submitting words to two online dictionaries, typically Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster. (If your site is a multilingual site, then other Web Dictionary sites might appear.) Dictionary.com gathers the results of several other online dictionaries and tends to be more up-to-date. Merriam-Webster tends to be a bit more conservative but more authoritative. If you are uncertain of the spelling or usage of a word you should search both sites.


Add to Local

Under each online dictionary form is a hyperlink labeled "Add to Local". Clicking on this entry will copy the contents of the search text box to the word list on the left side of the page. This makes it easy to enter words that you've checked online. Remember to save your changes!

Using Both Together

The Spell Checker and the Local Dictionary are designed to work together. Any misspelled words appearing on the Spell Checker page are hyperlinks that automatically copy the misspelled words into the online dictionary search forms on the Local Dictionary page. If the Local Dictionary isn't already open, the misspelled-words hyperlinks also open it.

A typical spell checking session consists of clicking on the misspelled words and checking them in the online dictionaries. If the word is misspelled, then the [Edit] commands on the Spell Checker Page (and Ctrl+F in the Page Editor) make it easy to find and correct the error. If the word is not misspelled but is simply missing from the Spell Checker's main dictionary, then clicking on the "Add to Local" hyperlinks on the Local Dictionary page copies the word into the word list. Once the words are corrected or added to the Local Dictionary and saved, run the Spell Checker again by reloading its page.

Partial Publish

The Spell Checker works slightly differently when individual files are marked for partial publishing on the Edit Content page. In that case, only those files marked for partial publishing are spell checked.

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