Spelling

What is it?

This test checks for spelling errors across multiple languages.  It finds spelling errors in both the visible text of your website, and in other areas that people may only see indirectly, such as page titles, drop-down menus and alternative text.

Why it matters

Poor spelling leaves a negative impression of your website, can make your content harder to understand, and may negatively affect SEO if you misspell your keywords.

How to use it

The first tab of this test lists any pages with potential or confirmed spelling errors. Click on any of these pages to open the Inspector and review specific issues. You should review each potential error and classify them as:

  • Confirmed – the word is incorrectly spelt
  • Approved – the word is correctly spelt
  • Ignored – the word should be ignored for this page, e.g., it is deliberately misspelled

Insites learns from your feedback, so if you confirm the word “exampel” is misspelled, it will always consider that word incorrect in future. You only need to confirm or approve words Insites hasn’t encountered before.

Ignoring words is different. When a word is ignored, it is ignored for just the current page. You should ignore words that you don’t want to add to the dictionary (because they’re incorrect), but you don’t want to consider a spelling mistake. For example, a user’s comment, usernames, or text that purposely contains spelling errors.

Note that anything Insites learns is specific to the website you are working on: i.e., if you add a word for one website, it will not teach that word to other websites.

Quickly check a word in Google

Clicking on the potentially misspelled word in the issue panel will perform a Google search for that word. This is very handy when trying to identify whether a word you don’t recognize is correctly spelled.

Handling multiple languages

Insites spell checks using a combination of the languages you specify. So if you mark a website as in English and German, then spellings from both of those languages are considered acceptable.

At the moment, Insites assumes that every page in your website uses the same list of languages that you specified. In a future version, you will be able to give Insites rules to classify specific pages as having specific languages, e.g., all French pages contain “/fr/” inside their web address.

Which languages are supported?

  • Afrikaans – South Africa (af-ZA)
  • Akan – Ghana (ak-GH)
  • Bulgarian – Bulgaria (bg-BG)
  • Catalan – Spain (ca-ES)
  • Czech – Czech Republic (cs-CZ)
  • Danish – Denmark (da-DK)
  • Dutch – Netherlands (nl-NL)
  • English – Australia (en-AU)
  • English – New Zealand (en-NZ)
  • English – South Africa (en-ZA)
  • English – United Kingdom (en-GB)
  • English – United States (en-US)
  • French – France (fr-FR)
  • German – Austria (de-AT)
  • German – Germany (de-DE)
  • Greek – Greece (el-GR)
  • Hebrew – Israel (he-IL)
  • Hindi – India (hi-IN)
  • Irish – Ireland (ga-IE)
  • Italian – Italy (it-IT)
  • Polish – Poland (pl-PL)
  • Portuguese – Brazil (pt-BR)
  • Portuguese – Portugal (pt-PT)
  • Romanian – Romania (ro-RO)
  • Russian – Russia (ru-RU)
  • Slovak – Slovakia (sk-SK)
  • Slovenian – Slovenia (sl-SI)
  • Spanish – Argentina (es-AR)
  • Spanish – Bolivia (es-BO)
  • Spanish – Chile (es-CL)
  • Spanish – Columbia (es-CO)
  • Spanish – Costa Rica (es-CR)
  • Spanish – Cuba (es-CU)
  • Spanish – Dominican Republic (es-DO)
  • Spanish – Ecuador (es-EC)
  • Spanish – El Salvador (es-SV)
  • Spanish – Guatemala (es-GT)
  • Spanish – Honduras (es-HN)
  • Spanish – Nicaragua (es-NI)
  • Spanish – Panama (es-PA)
  • Spanish – Paraguay (es-PY)
  • Spanish – Peru (es-PE)
  • Spanish – Puerto Rico (es-PR)
  • Spanish – Spain (es-ES)
  • Spanish – Uruguay (es-UY)
  • Spanish – Venezuela (es-VE)
  • Swahili – Kenya (sw-KE)
  • Swedish – Sweden (sv-SE)
  • Welsh – United Kingdom (cy-GB)

Checkpoints

This test is scored by two checkpoints:

  • Fix spelling errors
  • Review potential spelling errors