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Bug 11592 - Site-specific dictionaries for spelling checkers
Summary: Site-specific dictionaries for spelling checkers
Alias: None
Product: WHATWG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other other
: P3 enhancement
Target Milestone: Needs Impl Interest
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Depends on:
Reported: 2010-12-23 00:41 UTC by contributor
Modified: 2014-09-26 21:20 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Description contributor 2010-12-23 00:41:06 UTC

Browsers use customizable dictionaries to correct spelling and tend to mark
some names as wrong, that it shouldn't.

Maybe each website can inform the browser of words/names it expects to be used
and add it (in the scope of that page) to the exceptions.

If you can respond; has this been suggested?

Posted from:
Comment 1 John Drinkwater 2011-01-13 15:39:33 UTC
How would you propose such a thing, using a datalist linked to the textfield? What happens if the user isnt in the same language? should the word list just be for names? Can imagine it may be useful for a code editor to validate keywords, but then the javascript route is more common.
Comment 2 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-02-16 09:18:56 UTC
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Status: Partially Accepted
Change Description: none yet
Rationale: Providing a custom site-specific dictionary is an interesting idea. I'm marking this bug LATER for now since we're waiting for browsers to catch up with implementing the features we've already added before adding more, but we'll revisit this at some point when looking at the various spell checking feature requests we've received.
Comment 3 Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-04 05:15:49 UTC
mass-move component to LC1
Comment 4 Michael[tm] Smith 2013-01-24 07:18:59 UTC
This bug was cloned to create HTML WG bug 19037.
Comment 5 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2013-03-19 17:47:38 UTC
Any implementors interested in adding site-specific dictionary support?
Comment 6 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2014-09-26 21:20:22 UTC
Given the lack of interest from browser vendors in terms of providing a spelling checker API or hooks into their spelling checking, I'm marking this WONTFIX.