After the Deadline

Spell Check Comments with Intense Debate and AtD

Posted in News by rsmudge on October 8, 2009

I’ve heard several requests to make spell and grammar checking available in blog comments.  Today we’ve taken the first step towards that with an After the Deadline plugin for Intense Debate — the premier distributed comment system for websites and blogs.


Installation is a matter of visiting their plugin page and clicking activate.  Nothing else to it.  You don’t even need an AtD API key.  AtD/ID checks spelling, misused words, and some grammar issues.

If you want to see AtD/ID in action, visit the Intense Debate blog where they’re covering the story too.

The AtD/ID plugin works with TypePad, Blogger, WordPress, and wherever you choose to install the ID widget.  I’ll consider this effort successful when someone publicly asks “why does my comment field have better writing correction than my publishing platform?” <G>

P.S. source code for the plugin is available and I’ll be posting an AtD/jQuery API soon.  Keep an eye out for that.

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  1. Chris said, on October 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Will this correctly flag “first” posts as wrong? 😉

    • rsmudge said, on October 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm

      haha, maybe it should. 🙂

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