Dreamweaver Spell checker

Spelling errors on our web pages reduce user credibility and professionalism.

Dreamweaver will use its default US English dictionary, unless you first choose another from
the preferences dialogue box by pulling down the File Menu and choosing Preferences... > General.

Dreamweaver spell check menu

Decide whether you prefer to be surprised or surprized from English (uk -ise) or (uk -ize).
You can download extra dictionaries from the Dreamweaver Developers Center.

The spell checker ignores html tags and attributes. It will check everything on the page unless you highlight just a word or phrase. Words which the spell checker brings to your attention as 'not found in [the] dictionary' can be treated as follows:

Add to Personal — if you expect to use a word regularly, and the spelling is correct, add it to your personal dictionary. (To edit or remove a word you must edit the file in the configuration > dictionaries folder called 'personal.dat' using a text editor such as notepad or simpletext).

Ignore — will skip this instance of a word if you are confident it is correct.
If you have used the word several times choose ...

Ignore All — skips all instances of the unrecognised word.

Change — either select a word from the Suggestions List or edit the word in the Change To field and click on Change to replace the unrecognised word. If you have made the same mistake throughout the document, then instead click on ...

Change All — changes all instances of the word.
As featured in the illustration above, this can be an efficient way to save a lot of repetitive typing — just type a unique abbreviation in the document and then replace it with the full text at spell check stage! (e.g. 'ESF' for 'European Social Fund'). This also works with word-processing and layout packages like QuarkXPress.

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