In an answer to what SO is not, we seem to be in agreement that it is not a spell-checker. However, we also know that it does use a spell-checker.

Would it make sense to have a community-endorsed spell-checker or auto-correct functionality? For example, a post that uses the term, outlook, might be improved by a contextual autocorrect that suggests (or actually replaces that with) Outlook if the post was tagged Microsoft.

I recognize a community-voted, contextual checker is non-trivial, but it seems useful or at least interesting, and may provide some real value in improving the quality of the content -- one of the missions of the SE sites in general. Perhaps a particular suggestion only becomes reality if some threshold is met. In this way, we humans can concentrate on edits focused on intent and content rather than syntax and spelling.

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    As long as when I write colour it doesn't auto-correct to color, I'd be happy for this. – Robotnik Jun 8 '12 at 0:08
  • True enough. It would need to be localized to the subject matter more so than language nuances... – Kit Jun 8 '12 at 2:32

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