After the Deadline

After the Deadline – Open Sourced!

Posted in News by rsmudge on October 26, 2009

After the Deadline, an intelligent checker for spelling and grammar, is now free software. The server software is available under the GNU General Public License.

We’ve created a portal at http://open.afterthedeadline.com where you can:

  • Download the GPL source code, models, and rule set powering After the Deadline
  • Learn how to add rules and find your way around the code
  • Get data from Wikipedia and Project Gutenberg to regenerate models if you need to

We’re also announcing a jQuery API for After the Deadline. Now you can add an AtD check to a DIV or TEXTAREA with little effort. This is the same API powering our Intense Debate plugin.

Our goal with this project is to help people write better, every where.  Now all the tools are available.  We look forward to seeing what you do with it.

After the Deadline is an Automattic project. Automattic contributes to WordPress.org and operates WordPress.com, the Akismet anti-spam service, the PollDaddy survey tool, Gravatar, and the Intense Debate distributed comment system.

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  1. Noah Botimer said, on October 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Very nice! I’ve been watching the project from a distance for some time and I welcome this news. I do a good bit of work with Sakai (www.sakaiproject.org) and have been noodling some models for integrating AtD for academic and collaborative work. This should open some additional options for institutions. Thank you.

  2. Erin said, on October 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    This is so exciting! Congratulations! We can’t wait to start noodling around!

  3. Dan said, on October 26, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Cool, thanks for sharing it. (By the way – all perceptrons are artificial, so your tagline doesn’t make much sense…)

  4. Ivan said, on October 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, this is great. Haven’t looked at the features much but am curious what it does with “naughty” words. Am curious to know if it will replace “fuck” with “$%^&” as well as racially charged words.

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  6. Bill in Detroit said, on October 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Stumbled! This is good news.

  7. Vince said, on October 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

    I just spent the last 15 minutes reading through the website; and I still don’t know if it is an english only or multilingual project. It could be a good idea to make it clear in the baseline: either it is an “Open Source Language Checking” software (meaning any language) or it is an “Open Source English Checking” software…

    [sorry for the double post]

    • rsmudge said, on October 27, 2009 at 12:47 am

      @Vince it’s open source language checking but the rules and data are English only for now.

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  9. ReinoutS said, on October 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations on the release! I hope it will be a big success.

    I would like to point out, however, that using the GPL (especially version 2) for web application code potentially opens a can of worms. Google around for ExtJS and GPL to see what I mean. For detailed advice I suggest consulting the Software Freedom Law Center.

  10. Gautam said, on October 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Just wrote a bbPress Plugin to check English in the post text area!
    Waiting for the plugin to get approved so that I can upload the plugin files to the svn :-)
    It is based on the jQuery API of AtD.

    And thanks to all the team behind After the Deadline!

  11. sillyandrea said, on October 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    This is pretty awesome! Go you. :) It’s an excellent plugin.

  12. Matt C. said, on October 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Hey Raphael, congrats with AtD. We’re missing you at the Syracuse webdev meetup – we were just talking about some of your stuff last night. I can’t wait to play around with this stuff whenever I get some free time.

    • rsmudge said, on October 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

      Some of you guys should come down for the NYC WordCamp in Nov. It’ll be a good time and a chance to meet some of the folks behind the code. Glad to hear you guys are still meeting.

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  17. DanGarion said, on October 30, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I found out about After the Deadline because my NoScript blocked “polishmywriting.com” when I went to my website that is running Intense Debate. This is one of those final tools I’ve been looking for! Thank you!

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  20. grammar checker said, on November 16, 2009 at 7:24 am

    After the Deadline, an intelligent checker for spelling and grammar, is now free software is so nice and good soft ware i want more information too
    Regards,

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  22. photographer shaun said, on January 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Great to see somebody providing such great software for free and spell checking is one the things I personally need BIG time!

    Thanks


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