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Fixing spellcheck?

  1. Jennifer profile image83
    Jenniferposted 8 years ago

    The spellcheck has never worked for me on hubpages.  I click it and it either tells me a bunch of words are misspelled when they aren't or it shows no misspellings, when I know there are.  I end up copying and pasting my articles to word and doing a check there and having to go back and forth to edit, but it would be so much quicker if it worked here at hubpages.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Can it be fixed?  Thanks!

    1. compu-smart profile image79
      compu-smartposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      If you want to use the ABC spell checker as your means of spell checking i would try using it in another browser as all browsers have something better than the others at creating, editing hubs, although Hubpages works best with Internet Explorer 6+ and FireFox 1.5+. Mac: FireFox 1.5+.
      HubPages does not currently support Safari.

      Other browsers do work and i use K-Meleon when i am editing my hub as it is quicker "for me" than other browsers but the ABC spell check always crashes when i use it so i use a different browsers to create my hubs for personal preference reasons..

    2. Michelle Yvette profile image61
      Michelle Yvetteposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      I found that after I am done with a capsul I hit save then edit again and the spell check works fine for me then.  I have had the same problems.

  2. gamergirl profile image60
    gamergirlposted 8 years ago


    I have found for the most part that writing the meat of my Hubs in Word and then once I am finished with each capsule's contents swapping it into the hub creation process has been quite effective and quick.

    That, of course, doesn't change that if the spellcheck thingus here on Hubpages is broken, it should be looked at. big_smile

  3. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 8 years ago

    I agree - but I end up doing as gamergirl suggests for a different reason - I have lost a few blocks of text when I have typed them directly into the capsule, so now I always write them in word and drag them in.

  4. pauldeeds profile image
    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    We made some small changes to the text capsule recently.  They won't clear up a "javascript error" type of problem, but some of the visual quirks may be gone.  I don't know if that will help with your spell check problem or not.  In my testing, the spell check works reasonably well in IE6, IE7, Firefox, and Opera.

  5. William F. Torpey profile image84
    William F. Torpeyposted 8 years ago

    I don't use spellcheck. I do it the old-fashioned way -- and I use Associated Press style insofar as I can remember it. I re-read and go over my text very carefully, often two or three times, sometimes more. If I'm not sure of a word I look it up in dictionary.com. Even then I occasionally miss something. Spell checks are far from perfect. They don't know the difference between "two" "to" and "too" or if you say "accept" when you mean "except" the spell check will not pick it up.

    I read a lot of hubs, and most of them are full of good information -- and they're very interesting. But I find lots of spelling errors and typos on many otherwise excellent hubs. On a site that consists entirely of authors, spelling and grammar errors should be rare.

    We all make mistakes, but spelling and grammar errors reflect poorly on any site where they exist. I've even seen such errors in featured articles on Yahoo and other sites where blogs are put forward as news or feature items. Without the benefit of editors, it's important to be extra vigilant.

    While newspapers are not perfect, and make plenty of errors, no newspaper worth its salt would publish a news story that was not edited carefully for proper English, grammar, spelling and fact-checking. No reporter edits his own copy -- because no one is immune from errors.

    Sorry, I lost my head!

  6. About-The-Home profile image61
    About-The-Homeposted 8 years ago

    Yes you're correct William. Spelling is more than assembling letters to make an English word.
    It's got to be the correct word in the correct context.
    If I had said your correct or its got to be both would have been wrong but I doubt whether a spell checker would have picked them up.
    I know it would have been better not to have used the shortened form any way but it is still correct.

    The misuse of the apostrophe is probably my biggest bugbear but I don't think I'm immune if I do things in a hurry.

    I think to call us all authors is a bit overblown. Scribblers might be more apt (well in my case anyway!)

  7. elisabeth reid profile image78
    elisabeth reidposted 8 years ago

    I don't like spellcheck, either...I tend to create in Word, print and proof and then copy the text.  Problem with that is breaking the text up into capsules (I don't like huge blocks of text on the web.  They're hard for me to read and therefore I tend to assume everyone feels the same way), so it tends to become very time-consuming.  And, since I'm basically lazy....well...

    Still....no spellcheck for me except for the old-fashioned kind.