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Error in Firefox spell checker

by Bill Osler / June 15, 2009 7:57 AM PDT

What to do when the spell checker has a bad spelling in it?
I'm running FF 3.0.11 on Win XP Pro. I believe I have the built-in spell check feature on FF rather than an add-on.
I discovered that, when I type 'ophthalmologic', the spell check incorrectly flags it as an error and suggests 'opthalmologic' as the 'correct' spelling.
As best I can tell, the 'opthalmologic' spelling is occasionally used by people in the trade (but not found in any dictionary I've consulted so far), but 'ophthalmologic' is more common and matches the spelling of ophthalmology (which the dictionary DOES get right).
Anyway, I'd like to be able to correct the Firefox spell check database. Is there any way to do that?

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You can
by PudgyOne / June 15, 2009 3:55 PM PDT

Right click on what you think is right, then left click add to dictionary and you will no longer see the red line under it when you spell.


wirelessly is another word that gets a red line.


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Thanks, but ...
by Bill Osler / June 15, 2009 10:19 PM PDT
In reply to: You can

I know how to add the correct spelling to my 'personal dictionary'. In order to fix the problem, though, I also need to remove the incorrect spelling from the built-in Firefox dictionary.

Is is possible to do that?

While preparing this post I noticed another oddity. The spell checker rejected 'Firefox'.

You have to wonder about folks who built a dictionary that doesn't recognize their own product.

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Unfortunately not...
by John.Wilkinson / June 16, 2009 12:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks, but ...

If you added a word to the custom dictionary, you can remove it, but you cannot remove a word from the built-in dictionary.

As to Firefox not being a word, they are correct; they chose to 'go by the book' on this one, the dictionary that is, leading people to add quite a few proper nouns to the custom dictionary.


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Just a thought.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2009 1:26 AM PDT

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