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10 + Spell Check Components for RIA Applications

Posted by Charles | February 8, 2008 .

If you write, you need check spelling, If you write a software allows writing, you need a spell checker, period.

Specifically, if you write a RIA software using Flash, Flex or AIR, you really want to take a good look at the following spell checker components:

Spelling Plus Library (SPL) (view example) (code)

This is a commercial product. Very extensive and complete check-as-you-type solution. works with Flash CS3, Flex 2 (AS3 and MXML), and AIR. It claims can check over 35,000 words per second without highlighting, 25,000 words per second with highlighting. I bet you can’t type that fast. The Flex based online doc editing company Adobe bought, Buzzword, uses SPL for spell check. That should gain you some attention.

ASP Spell Check (view example) (code)

ASP Spell Check started with, yes, Microsoft ASP web application. Later one they offer ActionScript API as well to allow Flash based software do spell checking. This is a commercial product that you do have to pay for it though.

Flash-DB Spell Check (view example) (code)

This may not a full solution for your software but good place to learn a few thing. It’s combination of Flash, PHP and AMFPHP. It uses the Google spell check API too.

Flex Spell Component (view example ) (code)

Hilary Bridel had this great piece out. The Flex SpellCheckComponent extends the mx.controls.PopUpButton control. You can use it with a TextInput, TextArea or RichTextEditor control. The actual spelling check is using the Google spell check service API. So, it’s mash-up solution. If you are developing commercial application, use it with caution because it’s limited to 1000 words per day. Other than that, it’s good one.

Another Flex Spell Checker (view example) (code)

Dude at FlexTendibles created this Flex spell checker. It’s a simple replacement of the <mx:*/> RichTextEditor and TextArea components. The server side spell check included. The performance is good. He only ask for donation so it’s worth give it try and give some bucks.

If you’d like to extend your spelling power, here are some JavaScript based spell checkers:

A Real Time JavaScript Spell Checker (view example) (code)

You can jump in to the example here to see if it fits for your application. It’s quit fast. The server side is a Python program so that it should be able to run on most of host site.

JavaScript Spell Check (view example) (code)

This is the same dude behind the ASP Spell Check. It’ll cost you.

Foundeo Spell Checker (view example) (code)

You need a fat $199 for this one. Um…I thought spell checking has been commoditized already. It’s a JavaScript implementation. At server side they can do ColdFusion, PHP, ASP, Java, JSP and

Open Source Spell Checker (view example) (code)

Speller Pages is a free, Open Source Web user interface and JavaScript library for a server-side spell check program. Available in PHP or Perl/CGI versions, Speller Pages allows you to bring the superior spelling suggestion capabilities of GNU Aspell to users of your Web site. Free is sweet.

PHP and JavaScript Spell Checker (view example) (code)

Open source is good. If you are PHP dude here you can spell away.

Another PHP server side Spell Checker (view example) (code)

The “good” old fashioned spell check is still around here. When minimum JavaScript usage is in you philosophy, then you can’t pass this one.

To be fair, let me throw in a Java one too:

JSpell (view example) (code)

To be really fair, this JSpell guys actual do HTML, AJAX, IFrame and J2EE.

Do you have any other spell checkers hidden in your toolbox?

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