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09 February 2006


Tris Hussey

Tell me about it. We have this issue with Lektora ... oh for spell check I use Google's own toolbar which seems to get updated pretty durn fast.


I don't like that spell checker, Tris - SpellBound is the only one that is really robust, IMO, and just works. It's right-click operation is just so easy to use.

After writing my post, I then found via Digg this workaround for plugins (extensions) that FF reports as not being able to work:


Looks interesting although commenter #14 in the post has disappointing news re getting SpellBound to work.

Rob S

Good call Neville. I've been experiencing and thinking exactly the same thing. I won't upgrade Firefox til my extensions support the upgrade. I'm too reliant on my toys.

Donald French

At least with the upgrade to Firefox, you get a warning of impending loss of functionality! When I upgraded to 1.5, I lost many needed extensions unexpectedly. This prompted me to write four related blog posts.

My most recent post, "Updating Firefox and Managing Extensions" may have some useful information for you and your readers.

Good luck,

Donald French
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Dennis Howlett

If you'd take a leap if faith and move to the oh-so gorgeous Mac platform, you could then use Ecto with its built-in spell checker. Which works for me. (And as anyone who knows me knows, I'm notorious for posting typos)


Dennis, I use a spell checker in Firefox purely to spell-check what I write in web forms, eg, comments to blog posts.

SpellBound does this very well indeed. Right click, select 'check spelling' and off it goes. A fully-fledged spell checker complete with suggestions for corrections and the ability to add words to your own custom dictionary.

Multiple language support, not just English, via the Mozilla Spellcheck Libraries.

Hence my frustration with FF not supporting this essential tool!


This is odd - if I'm using NetNewsWire's built in browser alongside the feeds, then right clicking my MSFT USB cordless mouse (yep I like it even though I lurv my PowerBook) I get spellcheck. If I use FF I don't! And I get spellcheck in Skype as well. those Mozilla people really do need a kick in the rear end.

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