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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Pet Peeve

I am developing blogging pet peeves, which means I’m spending too much time in blog land.

Why isn’t spellcheck a basic part of the comments functionality? I am a craptacular speller and in the land of blogs, I’m a writer without a copy editor. I can’t count how many times I’ve hit the publish button only to realize after seeing my comment live that I’ve made an error, and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it. 

Just the other day I left a comment on Alladither’s new blog, Half Assed Kitchen. She responded by email to say thanks, and that’s when I saw it in 1280×1024 pixel glory:

“This sounds delicious. In fact, everything you’ve included here sounds delicious. Great jog with the new blog. I’ll be back and taking notes for the kitchen!”

A Shout out to Blogger, Typepad, WordPress, and the multitude of other platforms out there, with all the brilliant developers you have can’t you create a spellcheck for comments? Please! My craptacular spelling and miscellaneous typos are starting to annoy me.

 

 

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12 comments to Pet Peeve

  • Amy

    I agree, as I am usually typing with one hand while holding my octupus like children, a spell check would be great! Glad is not just me!

  • Jan

    THAT is why I use Firefox for my browser – built in spellchecker.

    Yeah, buddy.

  • Firefox, eh?

    Blogging ToDo List Item Number 341 to Self: Install Firefox.

  • Tricia

    Firefox. Really! A built in spellchecker? I could fall in love. It may not help Margaret and I halt our typos, but at least it’ll curb the public humiliation I’m enduring for my craptacular spelling!

  • Jan

    Oh, a built-in spellchecker is just the beginning. You see, as a web designer, I have a deep-seated loathing for Internet Explorer.

    Just download Firefox. And bask in the built-in spellchecker. And in simply being more secure.

    Yeah. We’ll go into functionality later.

    Repeat after me: All Hail Open Source Software.

    I am such a rebel.

  • Brad

    Amen to loathing IE. Tricia, you must follow the light. Download now. You won’t regret it. Or, if you do, I’m sure your tech warrior will regret it too. :D

  • Tricia

    Change. You want me to change? Yikes. OK, I can handle this…she says as she gulps down the trepidation. I’ll add Firefox to my weekend to-do list and if anything crashes, I may need a Tech God rather than a Tech Warrior.

  • Shiela

    It is surprisingly easy to change to Firefox. I did it all by myself a few weeks ago! So proud I was…

  • Jan

    Tricia, Tricia, Tricia! Nothing is going to crash – trust me! It’s a simple, step-by-step installation that will even permit you to migrate your existing IE bookmarks.

    And all of those cool things, like tabbed browsing and remembering logins, that IE 7 does? Firefox will do them better, because it’s been doing them LONGER.

    And because it’s open source, anyone can develop for it, so there are ALL SORTS of nifty plugins you can download for it, including skins that you can change seasonally if you want.

    Take the leap and see if you don’t like it better. Then we’ll walk you through setting up Thunderbird as your email client. *wink*

  • Tricia

    Is it just my imagination or is Firefox also faster? Oh wait, I’m seeing little red dots under a word I just misspelled. Firefox caught it, ohhh this is soooooooo cool. I’ve actually got goosebumps…it’s the little things, ya know! YAHOO.

    Margaret, you must move installing Firefox up on your blogging to-do list. All hail to Jan and Brad. They really do know what they’re talking about :o )

  • Amy

    Remember the day,so long ago, I said … “it’s a computer, you can’t hurt it”! Now I am the chicken, do you think I can too switch to firefox? I am scared!!!

    Amys last blog post..Manners Teaching Master … not!

  • Firefox is better than any other browser. IE has been playing catchup so long it will probably never gain its place back!! Wait until Firefox 3 comes out later this month – I’ve been doing a Beta on it and it’s EVEN BETTER. It remembers your most recent URLs and adds a lot of other cool features.

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