Fri 27th Apr 2012 at 08:05

The impotence of proofreading

When I announced to Facebook that my new website was up, I expected criticism and maybe even mocking. As you can imagine, I was unsurprised when one of the first comments I received was about how the site was riddled with typo's and grammatical errors.

Clive - Like the style, though a lot of it [OK most of it] went right over my head - needs some proof reading for typos and the like though!!
Me - Yup, you got me on that one. I do think a spell checker is the next thing I should try and get working. My only excuse is lack of time and thus I rush things
Clive - I wouldn't bother too much with a spell checker. Helpful, but limited!! Just for a lark, I pasted your Home Page into MSWord. It picked 12 "spelling errors". of which only 3 were real errors, the rest were just not in MS dictionary. It also missed at least one really cringe-worthily gruesome error ["I headed over to my wedding site and noticed there where MySQL errors all over the place and the gallery was down!"] which was obviously in the dictionary, and [to its strange logic] was grammatically OK, but it is WRONG!
You need to find a suitable pedant who is prepared to actually READ it!!
I sometimes used to play that game with the Lex Web people

I don't mind constructive criticism and in fact I welcome it. I prefer having these things pointed out rather than them sitting there like a giant spot or that bit of cabbage that gets stuck in your teeth. After correcting the article in question (Fixing, tweaks and other stuff), I was reminded of the poem I have ironically pinned next to my monitor.

Owed Two A Spell Chequer

Eye halve a spelling chequer;
It came with my pea sea;
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eke kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it to say
Weather eye am wrong oar eye am write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long,
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it;
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.

(Sores Unknown)

As Clive points out, what is worrying is that stuff like this seems to have slipped passed the grammar checkers too, and it certainly higlights how much we rely on technology. I will now be going through all my blogs and making the corrections where I spot them. However, if you spot typo's etc, feel free to post a comment. I'll then be able to correct the mistake.


One more funny before I get on with some work...

I was reminded of the following YouTube video that I watched a while ago while having my discussion with Clive, one that gave this blog it's name:

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