Thursday, 17 March 2011

Speckie, a real-time spell checker for Internet Explorer

Speckie, spell check for Internet Explorer
Ladies and gentlemen, today we bring you tidings of one of the most important developments in Web browser history: Internet Explorer finally has a decent spell checker that works on 32- and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista and 7. It's called Speckie, which, if you're completely devoid of higher brain function and need a helping hand, is a concatenation of spell check IE.

Speckie is a free download, and you'll have to restart IE9 before it can take effect. You'll also be asked to approve Speckie when you start IE9 (this seems to be a new security feature in IE9). Once it's up and running, however, Speckie uses almost zero resources, causes no discernible slowdown, and has almost zero configuration. You can turn it on and off and change the current dictionary by right clicking a text box; that's it. There's quite a large variety of dictionaries available on the Speckie site.

In terms of actual spell checking, Speckie is good, but not perfect. Simple text boxes work well, with red squigglies appearing in real time. We had less luck with WordPress and Blogger post editors: sometimes red squigglies appeared, and sometimes they didn't. Moving your cursor to a word always triggered a spell check, though. The right-click menu seems to offer good and sensible suggestions, too.

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