Microsoft has added spellchecking to all variants of its Internet Explorer (IE) 10 browser on windows 8.
Explaining in a November 8 blog post, Travis Leithead, Program Manager, Internet Explorer says “Spellchecking in the browser will improve the accuracy and speed at which you input text on the Web.[…]When using a device without a physical keyboard, providing a great text input experience is even more important. Windows 8 provides several capabilities to make text input great on any device, and spellchecking is one of them.”
“Spellchecking in Windows 8 allows customers to identify misspelled words while they are entering text, have commonly misspelled words fixed automatically, and take corrective action on others,” said Travis.
“In Windows 8, spellchecking support is available to applications across the entire operating system, including IE10. Of course, spellchecking will also be available as an IE10 browser feature on all supported versions of Windows (including Windows 7).”
Travis also touting “IE10 has the first browser-based implementation of auto-correct.”
Internet Explorer 10 supports spellchecking in many common languages.
Travis says “The corrective actions menu will offer the most likely replacements for the identified word. You can replace the identified word with the suggested word in one step by selecting it from this menu.” In addition you may choose to:
- Add to dictionary. Your Windows user account has a built-in custom dictionary (which is initially empty). You may add frequently used words to this dictionary (in my case, I always need to add my last name). In Windows 8 this custom dictionary will be roamed to any other Windows 8 machine that you use via the cloud.
- Ignore. The word will no longer be identified as a potentially misspelled word on this page. After you navigate away from the current page, the list of ignored words is cleared, and will again be flagged as a potential error.
In IE10, the selection of the spellchecking language is determined by evaluating the following sources (in priority order):
- “The HTML lang attribute. The Web developer knows the design and intent of the site and can control which parts of the page are associated with which language (in multi-language scenarios).
- The keyboard input language. Windows 8 makes it easy for users to specify the languages they are interested in and to switch between them on the fly. To switch the language used by the spellchecking engine while entering text, you simply change the input language. With two or more languages configured (or two or more keyboard layouts) simply press the Windows key + spacebar. On the touch keyboard, there is a key to toggle the input language as well.
- Window’s current display language (the language you are using to run Windows),” explains Travis.
Switch between keyboard input languages via Win+Space or by the language key on the touch keyboard
You can try out auto-correct in test drive demo; it includes a short list of some of the common misspelled words that will be auto-corrected.