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Firefox Extension Checks Spelling in Lexis, Westlaw, and Other Web Forms

How many times have you typed a misspelled word into Lexis or Westlaw? Do either of these companies refund search charges for typos or suggest the correct spelling? I think not. Enter SpellBound.


What is it?

SpellBound allows you to quickly and easily spell check any entry you make into a web form. This means that you will no longer misspell words in Lexis or Westlaw. Moreover, since SpellBound works with any web form, you can use it to check your spelling in search boxes, message board posts, blog comments, and any other text-input web form.

The beauty of SpellBound is that it is simple to obtain and use. Just follow these quick steps.

1. Make sure you have Firefox

In order to use this simple tool, you must first have Firefox, an awesome, FREE web browser. You can quickly get it by clicking on the image to the right.

2. Download SpellBound

SpellBound itself requires that you install two Firefox extensions. The first one is the actual SpellBound program. The second one is a library required to run the program. You can get a copy of both of these (for free) from Brian Cantoni’s site. Once these are installed, you are almost ready to be misspelling free!

3. Download a dictionary

A spell checker is not much good without a dictionary, so go here to install one. Many languages are supported. You can quickly get a U.S. English dictionary here.

4. Don’t worry, be SpellBound

That’s all there is to it! You will have to restart Firefox to finish the process, but once you open the browser again, you can immediately begin using SpellBound. Try it by typing something into a web text box; you can then right click and select “Check Spelling”. The SpellBound box will popup, allowing you to correct any misspelled words.

Now you can easily check your spelling anywhere on the internet. You will not incur Lexis and Westlaw searches for misspelled words, and you can present a polished, professional image in forums and blogs. Happy spelling!

If you have any questions or concerns about SpellBound (installation, use, etc), please let me know. Feel free to post a comment or drop me a line.

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3 Responses to “Firefox Extension Checks Spelling in Lexis, Westlaw, and Other Web Forms”

  1. Jennifer Brookes
    February 23rd, 2007

    When I updated Firefox recently it now shows “”””misspelled”””” words with a red line underneath.

    Problem is, it’s selecting all Canadian spellings which we really have no intention of changing. E.g. neighbours.

    Is there a way I can change the US spelling for Candadian?

  2. Andrew Flusche
    February 23rd, 2007


    I’m really glad you posted this comment. Being an ignorant American, I don’t delve too much into other languages. However, you prompted me to learn a bit. 🙂

    Firefox has a great list of dictionaries for other languages here: Firefox Dictionaries.

    I think you can just install the appropriate dictionary (by clicking the link) and then restart Firefox. Hopefully this will allow you to include Canadian spellings for words (there IS a Canadian version!).

    Please let me know if this works or not. I’m curious.

    Thanks for commenting,

  3. Pepe
    July 2nd, 2007

    10x Andrew!
    It works!

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