Setting up, running, and using SpellO
These notes are in addition to my other pages on SpellO:
1) Do not let system go into standby
2) How to create your own list of words with correct spelling. To create a list of known-good words, let SpellO run first. Then open up the resulting log HTML file with Excel 2010, delete all but the misspellings column, sort alphabetically, and then use the "remove duplicates" feature. Paste the list into Word (unformatted), and go thru the list manually to remove known-good words. The first time you do this, this list will be very long because the default supplied dictionary is not a very good one.
3) Words still show up after being added to the AllowWords list. Using the procedure above, I have found some words to stubbornly keep appearing as misspellings even after adding the generated list to the AllowWords section of Site Settings. To solve this problem, create your own dictionary as described below.
4) Creating your own dictionary. It will be best to create your own amended dictionary. Copy and paste a dictionary file (such as en_US.dic) into the same directory, naming the copy something like "en_US_ex.dic". Open the new file in a good text editor such as Notepad++. Add the list of words from Step 2 of this procedure to this dictionary, appending your own list at the bottom. Do not forget to change the Settings Dictionary entry! Here is a custom dictionary I have made for myself:
5) SpellO runs very slowly. By default, SpellO is not very smart about what it downloads. It will try to spell check every link, linked to file, etc. This means that every hosted file, even non-textual ones, will be checked for spelling as well! But, before SpellO can check an improper file, it has to download it completely first! This is complete nonsense. Before you run SpellO even for the first time, modify DisallowedURLs to the string below:
6) SpellO finds misspellings which I cannot find in my page. By default, SpellO is not very smart about what it downloads. It will try to spell check every link, linked to file, etc. This means that the a href (link) address will be checked for spelling as well! Remember: if you are looking for a misspelling from your Content Management System WYSIWYG GUI editor, you may be missing other template data on your web-page. Open your webpage in the browser, press Ctrl+F, and search for the misspelling. If you still cannot find it, view the page source, and search for it there.
7) After closing SpellO, verify that the process has been terminated with your Task Manager. I have been finding that even after closing SpellO and waiting for a while, the process was still running nevertheless.
8) Duplicate results. Remember that, especially if SpellO is set to ignore robot rules, there are some links on your website which lead to duplicate versions of pages. For example, mobile version of the page, or print version of the same can lead to duplicate results. I hope that SpellO always obeys "nofollow" if it is set to adhere to robot rules.
9) Remember that on multicore processors you can increase the number of running threads (in Settings).
10) Change UserAgent to SpellO or similar, so that your website statistics does not mistake SpellO with a user using a browser (for reporting purposes)!
11) Do not forget that every time you create another Site ID entry (developers: Id is misspelled!) you need to re-enter all of the Site Settings described above for the new entry.
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