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Please add a spell checker to the markdown editor

There seems to be a fair few questions and answers on SE sites with simple spelling or grammar mistakes in them, and as I am the sort of person who cares about such things, I used to spend the time going in and fixing these simple mistakes. Did, that is, until I realised how many of my edits were being rejected as being "insufficient edits".

It was shortly after that I noticed the Avoid trivial, tiny one-letter edits unless absolutely necessary. note. My bad :(

However, as this is still a passion for me, just now wondered why such a great(!) collection of sites doesn't yet have some softly, but actively, enforced automatic spelling and grammar checking/notification code, akin to (for example) Microsoft Word.

Could be something like / have handy additional features like:

  1. A warning you have to click through if spelling / grammar mistakes are found in the post (Perhaps with a point penalty for mistakes, to encourage quality postings)
  2. Simple spelling errors are corrected ad-hoc
  3. The ability to set ones account to highlight the changes then approve sans input from the user after ¿5? seconds
  4. Ability to add words to a global dictionary, which would be vetted like edits are

What does the community think?

NOTE: British English used in the question, and errors are excepted :)

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marked as duplicate by Yi Jiang, hims056, Shawn Chin, Mat, Bart Feb 2 '13 at 10:05

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For those who downvote this question, would request that some of you provide their reasons for doing so; Cool if you don't agree, but would be more constructive to answer why. Thanks in advance :) –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 8:52
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There really is no need for all the bold you have introduced in your last edit. The list of points was clear enough before it. –  Bart Feb 2 '13 at 18:29
    
@Bart - I agree that it wasn't necessary, but seems others thought that it was a duplicate of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3932/…, and asked before and already has an answer. I can clearly see the fundamental difference, and thought I needed to make it more obvious to some others. Feel free to remove the bolding if you like :) –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 18:45
    
@user66001: We usually do read the comments when reviewing reopen votes, so just adding that as a comment is enough. –  Martijn Pieters Feb 2 '13 at 18:58
    
In this case, I am voting to leave it closed as a dupe. You can add your ideas as a separate answer to the other question, perhaps. –  Martijn Pieters Feb 2 '13 at 18:59
    
This question is not the same as what it was closed as a duplicate of. The other question simply asks for a spell checker (A job that as NullPointer quite rightly points out is a capacity of many newer browsers). I was asking for functionality that would encourage users to accept automatic spell checking suggestions, so (in my case) there would be no need to edit and hope it is approved. I will consider adding the uniqueness of mine to the other question, but this will not be an answer to said question, it will be a changing of said question. –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 19:37
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For someone who claims to be a fan of grammar, you sure are fond of misusing commas. –  Asad Feb 2 '13 at 20:00
    
I was not claiming to be the best at grammar. It would make sense that the above described functionality would help me also, wouldn't it? –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 20:41

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almost all major new browser have spell checker for example so there is no need to implement in wmd editor

Firefox

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Thanks for the effort gone to with the screenshots; However I don't think you get the point of the request - People don't use the built in spell checkers! If the SE community is not interested in having spelling and/not grammar correctness in otherwise great answers, so be it, but if it is something that people want to address, then I think (sans a better way of dealing with it) there should be soft enforcement of correct spelling and/not grammar in the UI, as outlined in the question. –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 10:37
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@user66001 - If some people don't use built-in spellcheckers, then that's their problem, not ours. –  Jack Maney Feb 2 '13 at 18:29
    
@JackManey - Considering the data is on our site, I understand the sentiment (and think it would be awesome if everyone went to the trouble) but cannot agree –  user66001 Feb 2 '13 at 19:21
    
@user66001 - Your inability to agree is not the problem of the Stack Exchange devs. –  Jack Maney Feb 4 '13 at 12:59
    
@JackManey - Wow. Okay............ –  user66001 Feb 8 '13 at 6:40
    
@user66001 - Yes, I saw that comment the first time you posted it... –  Jack Maney Feb 8 '13 at 6:41
    
@Won't - Perhaps at least one person might agree that this is a good idea –  user66001 Feb 18 '13 at 20:07

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