My good friend Vinny introduced me toÂ After the Deadline, aÂ nifty WordPress and Firefox plugin that promises to “ï»¿help you write better by adding spell, style, and grammar checking to web applications.”
As some of you know I have been on a writing rampage these last few weeks, and as in everything that I ever do, I try my best to write concise, clear and well written articles. For someone who didn’t start learning (i.e. reading, writing and speaking) the American English language until I was 17 years old, I feel that I’ve done a decent job here on my blog, but one can never be too careful.
The list of features thatÂ provided out of the box is quite impressive:
- Spell checking that uses artificial intelligence to make recommendations based on the context;
- Detection of common misused words, for those times when your brain gets ahead of you and you type one word, when you really meant another;
- Style checker to help you simplify complex phrases, avoid redundancy, passive voice, clichÃ©s and bias language;
- Extensive grammar checker;
and all of these will also be explained to you, so that you not only fix your mistakes, but learn from them too!
So I hoped to their web page and followed the instructions on how to add this plugin to an existing WordPress blog, and tried it by writing this post. I was glad to see that only 3 suggestions showed up when I clicked the proofreading button, reinforcing my belief that I am doing a decent job after all. The advantage for the corrections were all pretty clear and the added explanation was a welcome bonus!
Even though I have only used this plugin for less than 30 minutes, I can totally see it becoming a favorite tool for my day-to-day use. If you’re interested in trying it or would like to get more information about it, I highly recommend that you watch their screen cast as well as read the documentation specific to WordPress.