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08. Check Spelling

Take spell checking to your users.

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Nobody likes content with spelling errors. Our team at TinyMCE is motivated to help your users create error-free content. Which is why we have several options to help you bring spell checking capabilities to your users.

Browser-based spell checking

The first and easiest to implement option is to utilize the browser's native spell check functionality by assigning the browser_spellcheck configuration option the value of true. Depending on the right click / context behavior you want, you may need to enable the contextmenu plugin.

  selector: 'textarea',  // change this value according to your HTML
  browser_spellcheck: true,
  contextmenu: false

PHP Spellchecker component

You can also use TinyMCE's PHP Spellchecker component, which you can download here. To view the complete changelog history, view this txt file. The TinyMCE's PHP Spellchecker component requires a little more work than the browser-based option, being a server-side script.

This plugin enables you to use Enchant or PSpell on the backend of your server to spell check contents within the TinyMCE editor.

Installation steps for the default Enchant engine
  1. Make sure you enable Enchant in your PHP.
  2. Download the TinyMCE Spellchecker for PHP package. (Direct download).
  3. Unpack the package in the your/path/to/tinymce/plugins/spellchecker directory.
  4. Configure TinyMCE to use the spell checker by enabling the spellchecker plugin.
  5. Configure the spellchecker_rpc_url to 'spellchecker.php'.
  6. Download word lists and place them in the /dicts directory for example "sv_SE.dic, sv_SE.aff".
  selector: 'textarea',  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: 'spellchecker',
  toolbar: 'spellchecker',
  spellchecker_rpc_url: 'spellchecker.php'

Please see the Spell Checker Plugin for advanced configuration options.

TinyMCE Spellchecker Pro plugin

For developers requiring a robust enterprise-grade spell check as-you-type functionality, you need the Spell Checker Pro plugin. Spell Checker Pro requires both a client-side plugin to be configured and a server-side component to be installed and configured.

Full documentation can be found in the TinyMCE Enterprise documentation for Spelling. Learn more about TinyMCE Enterprise here.

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