WordPress 2.0 & WYSIWYG, Revisited

A while back I wrote about my frustration that there’s no spellcheck in the WordPress 2.0 WYSIWYG. It kind of rendered the WYSIWYG useless to me, so I had to come up with a workaround involving the Google toolbar and a Firefox extension. I searched high and low, and all I was able to find was a solution that only worked in Internet Explorer, and then only on a PC. Not much use to me, except on my PC at home which isn’t my primary computer anymore.

Well, someone has finally made the WordPress 2.0 WSYIWYG work, spellcheck and all. Of course it took a plugin to do it, but here’s how it worked for me.

  1. I installed and activated the EditorMonkey plugin, which replaces the built in TinyMCE editor in WordPress 2.0.
  2. Then I downloaded the English Dictionary and uploaded it into my wp-content/plugins/editormonkey/phpspell directory.
  3. Then I returned to WordPress and installed the dictionary via the EditorMonkey options panel.
  4. I got spellcheck and WYSIWYG.

There were a couple more things to work out. I had to use PHPspell, as that was the simplest option. If you choose TinyMCE as your editor in EditorMonkey (the other choice is FCKEditor), and you opt to have Editor Monkey put WYSIWYG in your comments, you’ll want to use FCKEditor for comments. Otherwise, you won’t see TinyMCE when you go to write a post.

I’m still getting the hang of it, but at least it’s an improvement over the WordPress 2.0 WYSIWYG.

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