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Hi, I have noticed on this forum, and others as well, that some people have lots of problems with spelling. Sure we can figure out generally what the intent of the message is, but it's still annoying to see so many spelling mistakes. Most browsers have a 'spell-checker', which will quickly identify and correct spelling errors. Maybe some people are not even aware that they are making all these errors, but they can find out real quick if they run a spell check on their next posting. I'm not trying to split hairs, but just want to see the forum be understandable and look more professional.
Sherwin D.
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I am not aware of any browsers that have a spell check feature and I expect yours doesn't either. This feature requires a word processor program of some sort in order for the spell check option to become an active selection of a news reader.
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wrote:

Not so. There are excellent news readers that have spell checkers. I use one of them - Agent by name. There are several others.
These are dedicated news readers, programs specifically for use in reading Usenet news. Some have email capability as well.
Pat
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On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 12:16:04 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@meadows.pair.com wrote in rec.gardens.edible:

I use Agent for both usenet and e-mail. Agent 2.0 has just been released. Agent's creators do refer to it as a browser. -- Gardening Zones Canada Zone 5a United States Zone 3a Near Ottawa, Ontario
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snipped-for-privacy@meadows.pair.com says...

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Where ARE those Iraqi WMDs?

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spelling before sending" box.
Even I can do it. :-))
Steve
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I use Netscape 7.1 and it uses the same spell checker for e-mail and newsgroup posts. That's why my spelling is always poifect. ;-)
Steve
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Steve wrote:

cares? If you can figure out what the person means in a world wide forum then that should be good enough.
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Steve Calvin surprised us with

I'm a bit harsh in my judgment: if a message is sloppily written, the content will most likely be sloppily conceived as well.
Unfortunately on average usenet-posters prove me to be right in this.
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On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 13:05:32 -0500, Steve Calvin

This is my *least* favorite argument for poor communication. We could conceivably manage, probably not in print, with pointing and grunting. OTOH, I regard newsgroup posts as "casual," not requiring rigorous analysis before sending. Neither my typing nor my spelling is error-free, and I don't expect everyone else's to be. If I were composing a letter to editor of a newspaper, I would be *very* careful about spelling, grammar, structure, etc. I would proofread, spell-check, re-arrange, and otherwise edit my first draft. Not so casual msgs to friends or newsgroup posts, although I try to make them readable.
It's true that most errors can be "figured out," but it's a lot easier to "figure" when someone doesn't write 'putat' for 'potato.'
People value language use differently. Our words appearing in public *do* represent us. I don't know about others, but when I see "how do gro pees," I'm less than inspired answer. I began a long correspondence with a novelist when he asked me, in an entirely different context, why so much of online communication was misspelled, ungramatical, unpunctuated, and generally sub-standard. Simply because I appeared literate, I gleaned a long and interesting correspondence, a fancy lunch at Brown's Hotel in London with a best-selling Brit novelist, and a number of signed, 1st edition popular novels. You never know...
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Frogleg wrote:

My point was that people world wide participate in Usenet groups. For a majority of them, english is not their primary language. They are to be commended for making an attempt to communicate for foreign people in a tongue not native to their land. All of this nitpicking over grammar, sentence structure, etc is poppycock and only belongs in a University.
If we can figure it out, it's good enough. Or maybe there's a rec.write.only.totally.proper.english group for people with this hangup.
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On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 10:41:00 -0500, Steve Calvin

Allowances are always made for obvious non-English speakers. There are, of course, newsgroups in many languages other than English, too. "How gro putat?" isn't usually from a non English-speaking poster, but a troll of some sort. As I posted, my own casual correspondence (and posting) is far from error-free. I typed 'desert' for 'dessert' again this week. What one wants to see, I think, is reasonable care. There are very few posts nit-picking about spelling and the like in the normal course of communication. The OP appears to be a nit-picker. This discussion, indeed, belongs in another forum.
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[snip]

Repressed grammarians? Editors in Real Life and Fantasy? Litterateur? Those that appreciate clarity in thought and verse when presented it as a form of communcation in a newsgroup?

This is a weak arguement used to support terrible habits. For those that don't have English as a second language, there /is/ no excuse (and that's allowing for the differences in English vs. American spellings as well as any localizated terms). Bad spelling, just like poor writing and speaking, are habits that should be avoided and the only way of doing that is breaking them prior posting a message for the world to see. If you can't take the time to reduce the simple errors (and I'm not talking latin spellings or scientific terms that work at tangling tongue and fingers alike), then the message will be viewed as less important than one that is [mostly] error-free by someone that took a few extra seconds to check it.
This "extra time" and effort work to distill a rambling thought AND tighten missed or off comments. And written communications could always use more-specific meanings; it's not like vocalization where you have extra hints at what the person is saying.
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cuhulain_ snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com says...

Well said!
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Forte Agent has a spell checker built in.
Of course, I ususally forget to use it.... :)
email: dallyn_spam at yahoo dot com please respond in this NG so others can share your wisdom as well!
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options/posting preferences/spelling/Auto-check spelling on send.
It checks both mail & usenet -- and the new version of Agent has a vastly improved spellchecker. Not worth the $15 for an upgrade yet, but I might just do it because I'll be upgrading to 2.1 when nested folders are available.
Jim
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On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 15:36:15 +0000, Anne wrote:

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Sherwin Dubren wrote:

http://m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=spell-check&x=0&y=0
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On Mon, 09 Feb 2004 06:26:26 +0000, Sherwin Dubren wrote:

If you care so much, might I suggest that you have a care about where your lines break? I would rather read a dozen mis-spellings than read one post with lines broken the way yours are, above.
Thanks. Just trying to promote a better experience for everyone.
--Mac
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Hi Mac, Actually, that bothers me too. When I compose the messages in Netscape 7.1, they are all lined up. When they appear on the forum, they get chopped up. If anyone knows how I can correct this, I'm all ears.
Sherwin D.
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