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Why no spell checker in IE9?

by tubaloth / September 23, 2010 3:56 PM PDT

I think IE 9 beta is pretty good. But I realized today that it is still missing a spellchecker that I think all other browsers have. This was one thing I grew tired of with IE8.

What else is missing from IE9 that you that would be there.

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I don't think it is standard even in other browsers
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 23, 2010 8:31 PM PDT

I seem to recall that I have to reinstall my SpellCheck add-on in Firefox if ever I upgrade FF.

And IE9 of course is a Beta, so possibly any spell check extension has not caught up with this new version yet.


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Spellcheck is standard in most...
by John.Wilkinson / September 23, 2010 10:40 PM PDT

Spellcheck is actually a standard feature in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. Some are better than others out of the box, with Chrome and Safari recognizing HTML, for instance, but Internet Explorer is the only major browser that still lacks the functionality built in. IE7Pro is a free plugin that adds many features IE lacks (including spell check) and, despite its name, is compatible with both IE7 and IE8; official IE9 support should be coming soon.

Hope this helps,

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It is intentional
by goodguy1234ass / November 2, 2010 1:09 AM PDT

Microsoft doesn't put a spell checker in Internet Explorer because they want you to buy MS Outlook and MS Word. Luckily the world has realized that Chrome and Firefox are better browsers.

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Well, obviously not.
by MDFlax / November 2, 2010 6:47 AM PDT
In reply to: It is intentional

Since IE is still the market leader in browser usage, your statement is incorrect. Much of the world's internet users still use Internet Explorer.

W?Counter Global Web Stats - September 2010.

Wikipedia - Usage share of web browsers.

In truth we don't know why Microsoft has not included a spell checker in IE. You may be right with your other statement, but you don't offer any support for that.


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Those state are misleading
by cstephe / April 11, 2011 1:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Well, obviously not.

His statement is mostly true. I think something like 40% of ie users are using ie 6 which is not even supported by MS and is a very dangerous browser. (also not supported by google websites) They use this by default and probably don't even know what a browser is. The fact that so many people still use ie 6 shows the power of MS's bundling monopoly. Given this advantage I think it is amazing that chrome and FF are so high. To me that shows that a large % of the world understands that FF and Chrome are far superior to IE. To actually go and download a different browser, used to be a nerd move.

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Not really
by Atomic1fire / November 2, 2010 9:04 AM PDT
In reply to: It is intentional

I disagree.
I use office when I need to do homework and stuff, whether or not my browser has spell checker has nothing to do with that.
I use chrome as a browser, and google docs is nice, but I just prefer office, it's more expensive, but as long as everyone else is using office, Google doc's doesn't have a decent support for outlining in word, which I use for note taking.

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Firefox is better?
by momarlon / August 22, 2011 10:27 PM PDT
In reply to: It is intentional
I finally uninstalled Firefox. I got tired of having the tools I was used being incompatible with each new version. They came out with FF 6.0 this month, and from what I've read from Mozilla, they'll be coming out with versions 7, 8 and 9 later this year. No wonder software companies (Google, McAfee, and others) have stopped supporting their tools programs for FF. Then Mozilla blames them for not keeping up.
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Add-on works well
by atwalker_305 / April 5, 2011 4:57 AM PDT

I stumbled across an inline spell checker called speckie. It works a lot better than the crummy one that was made for IE8.

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