SpellBound - spell checking of web forms for Firefox 0.9+.

One of the things I missed when I made the switch from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox was a little add-on called ieSpell which allowed you to spell check web forms such as the ones I use to input my entries into SEB. So it was with much rejoicing that I discovered that there was a project underway to make the spell checker in the email client Thunderbird available in Firefox. Problem is that project hasn’t been updated in months and the installation instructions supplied don’t work properly with the latest releases of Firefox. I did stumble across some rather convoluted instructions on getting it to work, but it requires downloading the non-self installing version of Firefox and jumping through various other hoops. I wondered if the day would ever come when we would see a proper spell checking extension for Firefox.

Turns out, it has. If you’re using Firefox and want to be able to spell check forms in your browser window then go get SpellBound. A simple install process right from the web page, close and restart Firefox, then pick which dictionaries you want to install (and they have quite a few to choose from). Voilà! You can once again appear reasonably competent at spelling like I appear to be. This is my number 1 must-have extension for Firefox.

The one thing that ieSpell does that SpellBound doesn’t is check all the fields on the form at once. With SpellBound you have to check each field individually. Still, a small price to pay for a spell checker in Firefox.

4 thoughts on “SpellBound - spell checking of web forms for Firefox 0.9+.

  1. I could kiss you!

    Um … if I were the sort that would, that is. 

    Anyway, most excellent.  I shall try it forthwith!

  2. I hate to bring this up again, but I love that OS X does some mean spell checking system wide, so as I type this I’ll have to go back and right click on all the words with a dotted red line under them. Woohoo! Only two.


  3. I had problems getting this to work, but it finally does.

    The web site provides two installation methods. In the first, you can select the Composer, Spell Checker, and Dictionary and then click the install button. This activates the Extension Manager dialog where you see the components “install”. (Because Strong is using the old installation method, the names of the components do not appear in the Extension Manager window after you restart Firefox.) I tried this method a number of times without success—the context menu and keyboard shortcut didn’t work as advertised.

    Making a fresh start the next day, I carefully read the installation instructions and found the second method. In this one, you click the download links for the three components, open the Extension Manager (Tools>Extensions) and then drag and drop the downloaded files onto Extension Manager. This one worked. There was, however, an anomaly. For some reason I was unable to download the Dictionary. Appears that method one worked for (for me) with the Dictionary, but that there was some conflict with one or both of the other components.

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