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A spellchecker, so spelled,[1][2][3] is a program that automatically checks a user's spelling on a written text.

Although the state-of-the-art spellcheckers provide pretty reliable results when revising a text, students (and users in general), may need to be reminded that there is no way the application can detect mistakes such as "it's" for "its" or "here" for "hear". Students of English as a second language may have more problems, as exemplified by "tower" for "towel", or "bear" for "beer", etc.

In other words, they cannot yet tell the difference between syntactical/semantical mistakes and spelling mistakes, as in the following:

  • *In spite off trying to found the book everywhere the boy had not thought if looking overt a bed.

Available spellcheckers[edit]

The Firefox and Chrome browsers include a built-in spellchecker.


  1. Trask, R. L. Mind the Gaffe (2001), ISBN 0-14-051476-7
  2. "spellchecker" Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 12th October 2012.
  3. "spellchecker" Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 12th October 2012.

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