Add spell check feature back in OLW #130

lon3wolf opened this Issue Dec 14, 2015 · 8 comments


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We can use the built-in API provided by windows Spell check API!

@RobDolinMS RobDolinMS added this to the v1.0 milestone Dec 17, 2015
robertjm commented Jan 7, 2016

This is a big issue IMHO. Don't know about others. But, I relied on the Live Writer spell check quite a bit even though I consider myself a decent speller.

aabelro commented Jan 7, 2016

Currently, I copy the text to LW to do the spell checking, then, if I made a correction, I copy it back to OLW. We need to spell check everything before pushing it out there.

lon3wolf commented Jan 7, 2016

A pull request #213 already exists to fix this.
Once a decision is made to merge and release it, issue should be fixed


Huge thanks to @bbowyersmyth for fixing this issue! Spell checking will be enabled in the next official Open Live Writer release.

@willduff willduff closed this Jan 14, 2016

Thanks @bbowyersmyth !! How often do official releases get put out?

lextm commented Feb 26, 2016

Should make it very clear that spell check feature is only supported on Windows 8 and above, as "the Spell Checking API is available beginning with the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012".


@lextm you mean like we did in the blog post detailing the release?

lextm commented Feb 26, 2016

@ScottIsAFool no Scott. I don't mean that. The release notes look great though.

Many threads/issues on GitHub on the other hand, only contains partial information, which is my concern. For example, if anyone comes to this thread, he/she might not get the key information like which OS is supported by spell check feature, and then he/she will be surprised to see this feature is disabled (on Windows Vista or Windows 7 as #209 revealed).

Even googling "spell check Open live writer" won't lead us to the release notes easily.

I believe we need a better way to tell the users. Maybe a pull request to enhance the spell check feature, so that it explicitly tells the users on Windows Vista/7 that they should upgrade.

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