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Squiggly red lines

   Thread Started October 22 at 5:22PM

Anyone ever noticed that their word processor and the FanStory editor puts squiggly red lines under some words?

Well, guess what? That means the word is misspelled. The other day I had the pleasure of reviewing a piece where there were at least ten of those squiggly lines pop up. So the question is, how do you go about writing and posting a piece with that many errors in it when each and every one of them is pointed out to you in glaringly obvious red ink.

Do you not notice? Do you not care? Do you think the editor is helpfully decorating your work with those little red squiggles to give it a bit of colour?

Before anyone jumps down my throat, I do realise that sometimes words are marked as errors when they're actually exactly as you want them - they may not be misspellings at all, but just words not in the program's dictionary. For example, the word 'Fanstory' is helpfully underlined here. It doesn't detract from the fact that it is very sloppy of any writer to casually ignore blatant errors.



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RE: Squiggly red lines

Reply on October 22, 2017 08:11 PM
Not any excuses, but things I notice.... On my browser, fanstory advanced editor doesn't add the squiggly line. The spell check doesn?t work, either. If I add any words to a post after saving it, I have to copy and paste it into a separate editing location to check for spelling typos.




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RE: Squiggly red lines
Reply on October 22, 2017 10:45 PM
Ah, you're right. I retract some part of my little rant! And that would be a sensible thing to ask Tom to put on the wish-list...


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RE: Squiggly red lines
Reply on October 27, 2017 09:34 PM
The other thing I have noticed Steve is that because this is an American site , many words written in the Queen's English, for want of a better term are spelt differently in America ie flavor/ flavour favorite/favourite odor/ odour savor/savour defense/defence
and many others. These will of course be underlined as a spelling error.
the other thing is that when writing rhyming verse, What phonetically rhymes in our countries down under, doesn't phonetically rhyme in America.
The benchmark for this site will always be American spelling and pronunciation naturally.

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RE: Squiggly red lines
Reply on October 28, 2017 04:18 PM
I also realized, too late for a couple of posts, that Mr. Ed. shows in the little editing box that he has cleaned up something - at my command - but in reality, nothing has happened. I have to go back and look at everything I think I have fixed and do it manually if he has refused. When I try to do spell check in the forum, I just get an ERROR message. Might be my old operating system, but still a bit frustrating.

   

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