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Spellchecker Checked into Mozilla

Friday July 25th, 2003

Robert Accettura and Henrik Gemal both wrote in to tell us that the spellchecker from spellchecker.mozdev.org has been checked into Mozilla. However, it is not currently turned on. The spellchecker's epic journey into the Mozilla tree is charted in bug 56301.


#1 This will make 211 people will be very happy :-)

by Prognathous

Friday July 25th, 2003 2:39 AM

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This was one of the top voted bugs, and rightfully so.

Now, it would be absolutely fantastic if some of that development effort could be diverted to Bug 16409 <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=16409> ("invoke spell check in browser window - multiple form fields"). This is an RFE for ieSpell-like capability in Mozilla, which is IMO, one of the two really important things that IE still has and we don't (the other is MHTML support).

Prog.

#2 Browser?

by SmileyBen

Friday July 25th, 2003 4:16 AM

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I was just about to ask if this would be for mail/news only, or work in the browser, but you beat me to it! Any news, beyond the bug, as to whether this will happen?

#3 Re: Browser?

by mlefevre

Friday July 25th, 2003 8:01 AM

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I think that bug is about as much news as there is at the moment.

Note that the spellchecker isn't turned on yet, so for the moment, it won't even be in mailnews. Getting it into the tree is certainly an indication that we're getting close, but there are still some issues to be sorted out before it's actually usable.

#4 Re: This will make 211 people will be very happy :

by ksheka

Friday July 25th, 2003 12:26 PM

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I'm one of those 211 people, and I can't wait! I hope that the ability to spell check any form field is going to be available in the near future.

#5 One of end-users' top wishes

by jensend <jensend@iname.com>

Saturday July 26th, 2003 10:22 AM

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Now that mozilla.org is targeting endusers, they no longer had the primary excuse which kept this out for so long: "end-user distributors can and do include spell checking code". I'm glad to see this shift, as the whole "this is a development platform for other distributors, not a browser for users" idea was quite shaky ever since its inception.

#6 Re: One of end-users' top wishes

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Saturday July 26th, 2003 10:48 AM

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"Now that mozilla.org is targeting endusers, they no longer had the primary excuse which kept this out for so long: 'end-user distributors can and do include spell checking code'."

That was never the primary reason why it took so long to get in. Just because an application is aimed at vendors and not end-users does not meant that it should be missing features. May as well say, "End-user distributions can provide their own page rendering code." The timing of the spellchecker being checked in and the launch of the Mozilla Foundation is purely coincidental.

Alex

#7 Re: Re: 1997-98 When NSCP 4.x was the hype...

by hstark

Saturday July 26th, 2003 2:15 PM

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"That was never the primary reason why it took so long to get in. Just because an application is aimed at vendors and not end-users does not meant that it should be missing features. May as well say, "End-user distributions can provide their own page rendering code." The timing of the spellchecker being checked in and the launch of the Mozilla Foundation is purely coincidental."

Yes, but if it were for end users it sure as hell would have been there sooner. It always seemed to me (as an end user) that not targeting end users was foolish. I think the foundation ought to adverise (I think they are) and distribute CDs for cost.

Howie

#8 Re: Re: Re: 1997-98 When NSCP 4.x was the hype...

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Saturday July 26th, 2003 2:37 PM

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"Yes, but if it were for end users it sure as hell would have been there sooner."

Of course, I forgot how targetting end-users automatically makes every bug easier to fix.

Alex

#9 Re: Re: 1997-98 When NSCP 4.x was the hype...

by hstark

Saturday July 26th, 2003 3:08 PM

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"Of course, I forgot how targetting end-users automatically makes every bug easier to fix."

I don't code but I have worked on big engineering projects. Things get fixed prehaps not on time but in a resonable amount of time. I feel the issue here was not the difficulty of the task but rather no one cared. If it were part of the stratergy (ie important) there would have been folks working on it.

Now please don't tell me it was all volunteers and they simply work on what interests them. A large amount of the resources were supplied by Netscape. If say the drivers felt it was important stratigically by george it would have been done.

Howie

Howie

#10 Re: Re: Re: 1997-98 When NSCP 4.x was the hype...

by AlexBishop <alex@mozillazine.org>

Saturday July 26th, 2003 3:42 PM

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"I feel the issue here was not the difficulty of the task but rather no one cared. If it were part of the stratergy (ie important) there would have been folks working on it."

A lot of people did think it was important. Didn't stop it taking ages to get fixed though.

"Now please don't tell me it was all volunteers and they simply work on what interests them."

It was all volunteers and they simply work on what interests them.

"A large amount of the resources were supplied by Netscape. If say the drivers felt it was important stratigically by george it would have been done."

Netscape already had a spellchecker so they didn't have much interest in the bug. Drivers don't tell people which bugs to fix. Netscape worked on what they felt was important.

Alex

#11 Toward a more palatable dog food

by jvlb

Sunday July 27th, 2003 6:10 AM

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It should be noted that a spellchecker in the browser might result in more readable posts to this forum.

#12 Re: Toward a more palatable dog food

by tseelee

Sunday July 27th, 2003 1:06 PM

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To be fair, a vast majority of posts on mozZine and the forums have good English. Most others are readable.

#13 Re: Toward a more palatable dog food

by bzbarsky

Sunday July 27th, 2003 5:48 PM

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The main problem with most posts on forums, this one included, is not the spelling but the content.