Faulty spell-checker

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  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
    DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years ago

    I have noticed that the spell check within the capsules does not recognize certain contractions, such as, "I've," and will underline it as an error, when in fact, there is no spelling error.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image70
      Matthew Meyerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      What is the Title of the specific Hub on which you are seeing the notice?

      Most modern browsers have some sort of included spell checker or one that is available via an extension or plugin.

      The browser you are using, Chrome, includes a spelling checker, so you may want to just use it if you are having issues using the capsule checker.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
        DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        It is not an issue with a specific hub.  It has happened many times, on many hubs, regardless of browser being used at the time.

    2. Matthew Meyer profile image70
      Matthew Meyerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I just tested using Chrome 32 and the capsule spell checker is not indicating I've as having spelling issues.  Perhaps what you are seeing is related to a browser plugin.  Are there other words that you see as having spelling problems in error?


      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
        DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I'm not using any "plug-ins"
        And yes, there are a couple of others, which I cannot recall at the moment.  Perhaps "I'm" might be among them....

    3. The Examiner-1 profile image60
      The Examiner-1posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I stopped using spell checkers anywhere quite a while ago. There were too many problems with them. Some were noticed and some were not noticed. I just do it myself now.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
        DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I don't use them for spelling, per se, Examiner, but to look for typos, which sometimes slide past my eyeballs because I read what I meant, and not what my fingers did on their own.  LOL

  2. kenneth avery profile image80
    kenneth averyposted 10 years ago

    Spelling and spell-checking is an addiction to me. If I'm without these tools, I do not perform because our work is "out there" for millions to read, and I strive for my hubs to be right.
    Sure, a few errors "slipped through the cracks," and I was depressed, but these errors made me work to do better.
    I do have a question:
    ON OCCASIONS THE HUBPAGES SPELL CHECKER HIT WORDS LIKE "THE," "AND," (and) "POINT," which were correct. Even with refreshing my page, the correct words kept showing up as incorrect.
    Then with some experimentation, I found IGNORE WORD on the replacement tool.
    Was, or am I right to use this option?

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
      DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I use "ignore word" all the time, because all spell checkers are notoriously stupid when it comes to names of any kind, whether personal or places.  They will also mark as incorrect certain slang words, which is a pain if you are writing an article addressing the meanings of various types of slang.

  3. kenneth avery profile image80
    kenneth averyposted 10 years ago

    I agree. It can get maddening when you write a long, strategically-written hub and the Auto-Spell Checker hangs on words like I posted that ARE already correct.
    I am learning to just do as I can.
    My Internet Explorer won't let me open photos, so now I use Chrome.
    Dear Changes,
    Please stop.

  4. PegCole17 profile image94
    PegCole17posted 10 years ago

    I've notices a few typos in the spellchecker too. When I confirm my spelling on Google or any on-line dictionary, I sometimes find that HP spellchecker does not agree.
    For example, on a recent hub, it underlined "Intercoastal" in red although it is in Webster's dictionary. Also, "foodborne" is not recognized as being properly spelled.
    When there are no misspelled words, the spellchecker says Ok (should be OK or O.K., an abbreviation for Oll Korrect or even okay).
    BTW, I've noticed that it sometimes doesn't underline the first letter of the word so it indicates the rest of the word is misspelled. And I've seen the same thing when using contractions. It marks them wrong unless I select one from the identically spelled word on the choices.

  5. Thomas Swan profile image95
    Thomas Swanposted 10 years ago

    There are so many problems with the spell-checker here that I just don't use it anymore. For example millennia is showing up as incorrect (even now in this forum). If I'm unsure of a word I'll just google it or use MS Word instead.

    P.S. I've also noticed the contraction problem for words like didn't and don't.

  6. AliciaC profile image92
    AliciaCposted 10 years ago

    On a less serious note, I've always found it funny that the comment box spell checker doesn't recognize "HubPages".

    1. PegCole17 profile image94
      PegCole17posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      lol hahahhah

  7. Glenn Stok profile image97
    Glenn Stokposted 10 years ago


    What editor are you using? I use MS Word to write my articles. When I'm done, I run a spelling and grammar check.

    I suspect maybe that you are writing directly in HubPages' text capsules. It becomes questionable which spell check you are using -- HP's or your own browser's spell check. More importantly, you don't have a backup on your own computer if you do it that way.

    As for browser spell checkers, all browser's have different code. For example, Chrome is okay, Safari is terrible.

    I like the dependability of writing off-line with MS Word. Plus it checks grammar too.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
      DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I sometimes pre-write my articles in MS Word; other times directly into the text capsules.  I guess it depends on my mood.  For articles I need to research, I pre-write in Word; for stuff I'm able to write off the top of my head, I write directly on HP.  And you're right; that way I don't have a backup copy.  Oh, well.  Too late now--I've too many articles to try and go back, sort which is which, and copy them back into Word.
      As far as Word's "grammar checker," blarrgghh!  It makes mistakes, as well.  I've lost count of how many times it suggested a "correction" that would have actually been an error!

      1. Glenn Stok profile image97
        Glenn Stokposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Word's not perfect either. There are many times when I don't accept it's suggestions. But it sure helps. Especially with typos.

  8. DzyMsLizzy profile image84
    DzyMsLizzyposted 10 years ago

    LOL--yes..I have often found that I don't catch typos unless I'm reading a hard copy.  On-screen, they sometimes slip past me.  Fingers faster than brain syndrome!  wink


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