Bloggers Need FireFox 2 for Live Spell Checking in Forms

October 28, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More

OMG! I just installed the FireFox 2 browser and noticed something. It spell checks form entries as you type! Just as Word and its ilk do in their documents.

Since its inception, I’d been using FireFox just because of speed, safety and security advantages. I added the Google toolbar only a month ago for spell checking in form entry fields. Then MSIE 7.0 came out, and had almost all the features of FireFox 1, and was nearly as secure. So this week FireFox riposted with its version 2, to stay a step ahead in both features and security.

As I was typing a response this morning, I noticed the Word-like squiggly red underline. Puzzled (because I hadn’t manually started the Google spell check) I rt-clicked, and it suggested the word I meant to type.

Yay! FireFox 2 is the Bloggers’ bee’s knees. No, I’m not actually that old.

Firefox 2

I’m not sure if version 2 requires separate installation of the Google toolbar because I already had it. Maybe all you need is FireFox 2. Someone try it and let me know.


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  1. John says:

    Google toolbar is not required; the spell checker is native to Firefox 2.

  2. Dan Klarmann says:

    Once again, I strongly recommend the FireFox browser to all bloggers. My reason to push it specifically for bloggers is for the Word-like immediate spell checker as you type in any online form field. Typos happen.

    It also stays just ahead of the latest IE in features (except for Active-X, the hackers highway into your O/S). It automatically copies all your IE favorites, bookmarks, preferences, etc. when you install it.

  3. Dan Klarmann says:

    FireFox-like spell checking not planned for IE8. But there are third party add-ons for IE that are almost as useful, if you don't want to put the faster, cleaner, and more secure FireFox browser on your machine.

    <a href="; target="_blank" rel="nofollow">List of free IE spell checkers

    Or just <a href="; rel="nofollow">try FireFox

  4. Dan Klarmann says:

    FireFox 3 is here: Better, stronger, faster. See the features that IE8 wished it had thought of (if IE8 ever arrives).

    Read about it (for example) here

    And still get it at

  5. Erich Vieth says:

    Sounds great, but I'll wait a few weeks until everyone else works out the next round of glitches yet to be discovered.

  6. Dan Klarmann says:

    A Great FireFox add-on for blog comments is "Copy as HTML Link"

    Select any text on a page (like the name of a post), rt-click, and the new option ("Copy as HTML Link") copies the location as a link with the selected text as the text of the link ready to paste into a response.

    I found this via <a href=",” target=”_blank”>, "Christian commentary on religion, politics, world views, books, church life, and culture."

  7. Erik Brewer says:

    Dan Klarmann

    Thanks for the link to

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