I think its time for a change. Well not a change, more of an improvement, or a broadening of the use of a specific technology. I'm the worlds worst speller, and i put it down to the fact that English is the most difficult language in the world.
Spell checkers are a major application these days. We've got them in Word processing applications (all the major ones have they're own implementation) email clients and soon hopefully someone will think of putting them in the web browser so we can use it when posting to a forum or guest book.
But i want people to go a step further. I just don't want to be able to use them in select applications, i want to be able to use them in everyone application. Just like on windows or X11 where any application can take advantage of the global clipboard, so should any application be able to take advantage of a global spell checker.
I want to use it in my browser, email client, word processor, text editor, HTML editor and even paint program. Why hasn't anyone implemented a global spell checker? Gnome hasn't got one, KDE hasn't got one, MacOSX hasn't got one and neither has Windows. Surely im not the first person to come up with this. Im sick of copying text to applications that do have spell checkers and copying it back to the application that doesn't. Its plain annoying.
I would really like to hear peoples comments on this because it seems like an obvious thing to do. It'll benefit everyone and if its done, every application will not only have a spell checker but they'll have the same spell checker, which brings less inconsistences between programs.
And just incase your wondering, this was spell checked by Mozilla Thunderbird.