Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I hate misspelling words. Hate it.

I am pretty good at spelling.

Sometimes I make mistakes. It seems that my mistakes typically occur with words that have double letters. I'll use a single letter when double letters are required.

I got eliminated from a 5th grade spelling bee because I fucked up the word "paralel" [parallel].

Firefox has a nice spell-check feature that shows up for you when typing in text areas. A text area is a free-form box that you can type shit in.

If you use Blogger, you use text areas all the time -- it's the space where you type the body of your blog post.

So, like I said, I am good at spelling, but if I do make a mistake when typing in a text area, a red underline appears with the word Firefox thinks I messed up.

There is another kind of HTML widget called a text box, which you cannot type freeform text in. It's a simple little box where you can input a limited amount of information. The place where you type the title of your blog post uses a text box.

Firefox does not do any kind of spell check for text boxes, which I guess makes sense, seeing as you're not typing as much as in a text area. Unfortunately, when you make a spelling error, you are not alerted to it.

So, since I didn't have Firefox reminding me, "Hey lunkhead, you spelled this wrong!", I misspelled "Millennium" as "Millenium" in this post title.

You may notice that Millennium is spelled properly in the title now. I fixed it.

However, as you may or may not know, the direct link URL that is created for one's blog post actually uses text from the blog title. The URL does not get updated when one updates the title of the post.

So, unless I delete it (I'm not), this misspelling will follow me around for fucking forever.

Yes, I am insane.


Some Guy said...

If you're insane, then so am I. I'm the same way when it comes to spelling.

Russ said...

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Thought you would get a kick out of this.


Splotchy said...

Rus, I seem to rmmebr taht styry frim a whale baack.

Doo yuou hvae a lnik?

Russ said...

here it is. We are now free to roam the internets free from the bondage of "splelehcekcer"

Comrade Kevin said...

But knowing is half the battle.

jin said...

I'm the same way.
I have also noticed the way Blogger keeps the original.
*Insert a Napoleon Dynamite type "GawwwwwwD!" here*

Lockwood said...

Yeah, me too. What you CAN do, if it bugs you enough, (and it has me a couple of times) is this:

1. Open a "new post" window; set it to "edit html.

2. Open another window to edit the post that's irritating you. Again, switch to html mode.

3. Click the mouse cursor anywhere in the old post (to activate the typing cursor). Then hit ctrl+a to select all, then ctrl+c to copy all.

4. Go to the "new post" html window and paste the old post into it with ctrl+v

5. Open the "post options" frame of the new post and change the time and date to the time and date of the old post.

6. DON'T forget to put in the corrected post title.

7. Publish the new post (with the correct title and URL), and delete the old post.

#6 is important... I once went through this process twice for a post I wanted to clean up because I simply forgot to enter the title at all... in which case Blooger just takes the first few words of text as the URL.

On one hand, while the above is much simpler than the directions make it sound, on the other hand, you'd pretty much have to be as anal about trivia as I am to go to the effort...

Next... does any one have any ideas for correcting dumb mistakes in comments? (other than delete and re-typing?)

Splotchy said...

Lockwood, I think I actually might have fucking done that at some point.

Thank you for being insane, too.