02/16/07 39 W, 1 I - + 13 - 7 Spell-Checking / Firefox 2

Download the latest version of the Firefox Web browser and it automatically checks spelling in Web page forms, such as used in this blog. How cool this that? And it's free!

Why worry about spell-checking on a blog (or other forum), when we all know what each other is trying to say? Clarity of communication is always something to strive for, as even the best mind readers can become confused by confusing words. (Or missing words, something that this typist can be frequently cited for.) It can also be difficult to determine if misspellings are intentional, particularly if the poster is new or unrecognized. Do you take the posting seriously, as some people deliberately misspell words for comic or shock effect. However, that is a more of a discussion board or newsgroup thing. There’s also the dreaded specter of public perception. Poor spelling perceived as poor thinking. In a targeted forum such as this, with a more inclusive audience, it’s probably not an issue.

Postscript: This message took twice as long to edit as it did to compose. And you should have seen MY mistakes…
Legeros - 02/16/07 - 07:23

I could not agree more with the informal nature of the blog. I am new to this and am in no way passing judgment. I just used the statement “look at a post “ as a way of saying we could all do a little better. It is not acceptable on a document that is public record. My poor spelling in the posts reflects my light heartedness in communicating with my brothers and I take others misspelling the same. I do however see the need for formal grammatical classes to give us the tools to recognize when we have made a mistake. IFSTA realized we are not that bright a long time ago. They write their manuals on a 9th grade reading level. When I say not that bright I do not mean we are stupid.The sad part is i am not exactly for the need for a college degree to be a company officer. I like the notion of the fire officer 1 & 2 certificates.
Porter (Email) - 02/16/07 - 09:44

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