After the Deadline is an advanced spell checker plugin for WordPress that was released on Monday. In addition to the standard spell check and suggestions features, it also includes style and grammar checking. The plugin also lets you define custom dictionary of sorts – you can set it to always ignore certain words. Here’s the plugin in action :
What I found especially interesting is how AtD can detect misused words. For example, most spell checkers would blindly assume that the sentence “I don’t know if it’s wrong or rite” is correct because the word “rite” is in their dictionary. “After the Deadline” on the other hand uses contextual spell check and will flag “rite” as a mistake, suggesting you use “right” instead. Well, at least that’s the theory. I managed to get that particular example to work after a few tries, but apparently this feature still needs some work.
The plugin itself is actually a wrapper for the AfterTheDeadline.com API service. This means that like with Akismet, you will need to sign up for an account and get an API key before you can use the WP plugin. The service is free for casual users but large sites and prolific writers are encouraged to upgrade to a subscription-based service plan.
The only drawback is that AtD only supports English and the author isn’t planning to add other languages anytime soon. Nevertheless, the plugin will certainly be useful to the myriad English bloggers, and also to people who aren’t native English speakers yet still choose to write in the de-facto lingua franca.Related posts :