Thursday, June 10, 2004

Dow Jones brings back the spell-check

Dow Jones Newswires sent out a memo today announcing that reporters and editors would be getting back their spell-check. (The news service had banned the use Feb. 16.)
This modified version will identify presumably misspelled words, but it won't permit automatic replacement of challenged words and won't offer suggestions to manually do so. Instead, the checker will move through copy and individually challenge words by highlighting them. It will then be up to the editor or reporter to decide whether to change the word by typing over it or to ignore it by hitting F7 to proceed to the next challenged word.
While I thought the move to ban the spell-check was silly, this seems to me a good compromise. The program can still flag questionable words, but you'll need to change them yourself.


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