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PHP Spell Checking - Version 2.3.3


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A client of ours has a IP.Board and was wondering about the possibility of spell checking being in place. I do notice that it's there but only if IESpell is installed, which is terrible. Let's face it, it's awful. What I would like is to see SpellerPages be implemented in the board, or something that uses the server to do the spell checking. Not some ActiveX component.

Is there something that works with 2.3.3 and uses aspell that I am just not seeing?

Thanks,
Chad R. Smith
Willetts Systems

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Right, but the problem is that our client's customers don't WANT to install some activex component. The board is used by a government agency that their employees are not allowed to install anything on their computers. Plus it's really sloppy IMO that Invision doesn't offer a method to use the server to do the spell checking. Something as easy as defining the path to "aspell" and have the system use something like SpellerPages http://spellerpages.sourceforge.net/

So is there any way to make this work? I need to tell our client if this is possible given their version of the forum.

Thanks,
Chad

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You'd have to do it as a custom mod.

Please remember that the majority of our customers use shared hosting and relying on a server-side spell checker just isn't easily feasible for the majority. Safari and Firefox support this natively, and IE supports it through a very popular browser addon (ieSpell), which IPB can recognize and also support. I don't think we're likely to add a server-side option for it.

I've seen mods that do this for IPB2, and it's possible someone will write a mod for IPB3 to do the same.

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I understand what you mean by a large majority of your customers that are on shared hosting enviroments, even then most have aspell installed and a quick inquiry to the host could provide them with all their information they need.

Why not look at how FCKEditor does it? They provide the option for aspell (Speller Pages), ieSpell, or WSC (http://www.spellchecker.net/)'s hosted version.

That way you could give your board users an option. Just a configuration setting in the admin that they can choose the WSC option (which is like SpellerPages but has ads on it), aspell (which they would need to know the path to), or ieSpell (which you guys have already)?

Furthermore that perplexes me is that you guys have a "spelling" folder already in place with plenty of php scripts, is this just a testing folder or is there some way of using it? If all it checks for is ieSpell then why even have the "spelling" folder in there in the first place with the php scripting?

I looked at phpspell (http://mods.invisionize.com/db/index.php/f/5373) but it's only up to 2.1.7. Which I even tried to implement and it failed miserably.

Thanks,
Chad

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