It should not come as a surprise to anyone who regularely reads my writing that I am a horrible speller. Because I have a natural tendancy to misspell everything I write, I am a huge fan of spell check. In order to prove my point, that I seriously cannot spell, I am not running spell check on this blog post. If you are a better speller than I, you may have already noticed a few misplaced vowels.
Obviously, I need spell check. It has been drilled into my head since I was a small child that I should never, under any sercumstances share my writing with other people before running spell check. It doesn’t matter if I’m writting a buisness memo or a thank you note to my grandma, I run spell check first.
I’m sure that I’m not the only bad speller in the world. I am dyslexic, which is my excuse for failing to learn something most fourth graders excell at. But lots of other people are also dyslexic. And there are plenty of non-dyslexic people in the world that can use the benifit of an electronic spelling aid. So why are the internet gnomes steeling my spell check?
It seems like every major website is, or has recently, undergone a transformation. Yahoo was reorged a few months ago. Then facebook got a facelife. And now there is a new and improved google. I have both a yahoo and a gmail account that I use about the same amount (just for different purposes). It took me a while to find the spell check button on the new yahoo when I’m using internet explorer. They hid it in a very un-userfriendly spot, but it does still exist. I haven’t been able to find it at all yet when using google chrome. And in the new gmail, it’s just gone. I have looked everywhere. There is no spell check button to be found.
Why? Seriously, google people, why are you doing this to me? As far as I can tell, if I want to spell check my emails I now have to type them in word, run spellcheck there, and then paste the text into gmail. This is not an effitient form of communication. Except I use my gmail account as my “writing” email and I know better than to drop an unspell checked note to my agent.
Arrgh! This rant is longer than I expected it to be. But I am seriously pissed off about this. Aren’t internet updates supposed to make things more userfriendly? There is nothing user friendly about omitting spellcheck.