When I started to learn to write (in the mid 70s) there were no personal computers and no available computer word processors. As a terrible dyslexic speller, I had only one spell checker available – my mother. She was my personal spell checker.
On the one hand her processing time was quite slow, as she had great difficulty understanding my handwriting and spelling; but on the other hand her correction accuracy was quite high, as she always knew the context of what I had written, and therefore could make very educated guesses to what I intended to write.
Once my mother finished correcting my text, the paper sheet was so full of crossed out words and corrections, that I always needed to copy the text to a clean sheet of paper… which usually meant copying the text with mistakes again and going through an additional iteration with my mother… and then being requested by my mother to read out loud what was written… the process was tedious and tiring, many times resulting in one of us losing our patience.
Years passed by, and the personal computers overtook the world. By the end of the 80’s I owned my own personal computer, and was using the word processing software WordPerfect and its spell checker. When Microsoft Word 95 added its underlining spell checker, I adopted the Microsoft’s squiggly-red spelling errors markings.
But though Microsoft’s word spell checker processing was extremely faster than my mother… the correction accuracy was quite low… Microsoft often gave me wrong suggestions… or no suggestions at all, as it simply could not decipher my spelling… as Microsoft had no understanding to the context of what I was writing about.
Microsoft Word spell checker failed to provide me the value that Mom my personal spell checker provided. That’s why years later I founded Ghotit – the only spell checker designed for dyslexia spelling. And Ghotit has adopted some of the same spell checking characteristics displayed by Mom my personal spell checker:
- Ghotit boasts of context-based algorithms, understanding the intended word from the context of the written text itself
- Ghotit is patient – supporting correction re-iterations based on additional corrections and inputs provided by the user
- Ghotit can be asked to read out the text out loud
PS After so many years… I believe Mom my personal spell checker has finally met her match