The Spell Checker service allows users to log in and adapt the spell checking feature on the toolbar by correcting words found in the spell checking dictionary and adding new options for the error correction list. This feature is available in Arabic and English and allows all those who log in to add suitable corrections for words that have been misspelled where no suitable correction has already been supplied. The alternative words provided by users will go into a moderated database. Once checked the words will appear in the spell checker. The ATbar wiki has been set up to work in English and Arabic and will be where all the supporting information about the entire ATkit can be found from guides to the framework.
Work is ongoing to produce guides for all the plugins that have been developed. The standards toolbar plugins have been completed in English and are being translated into Arabic.
We have set up a series of YouTube videos that include:
Text resizing, font style changes and line spacing. This video has no audio but shows how a user can select the magnifier on the toolbar to enlarge text without resizing the graphics – this tends to allow for more readable text when compared to zooming using the browser Ctrl+ which also enlarges the graphics. However, this feature does not work when Flash has been used within a webpage or fonts have fixed sizes or styles. The same applies to increased line spacing which is also demonstrated.
The second video demonstrates how the A.I.Type word prediction works as well as spell checking when writing a blog using WordPress. Use the HTML mode when working in the edit box rather than the Visual mode and then you will also be able to use the text to speech to aid proof reading.
There are several spell checkers available as open source applications and much has been said about the quality of their output in English but there appears to be very little research when linked to the Arabic language. However, Hunspell is used with many word processing packages.
Seb has succeeded in getting it to work with ATbar vers 2 which means that the Kit version is now almost in beta and there is the beginnings of an Arabic spell checker.