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Posted 13 Jun 2011

Spelling and Grammar Checking Plugin for Windows Live Writer

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Spelling and Grammar Checking Plugin for Windows Live Writer


In my previous post, I presented “After the Deadline”, a spelling and grammar checking web service and my .NET wrapper library. This library allows you to integrate spell and grammar checking in your .NET application. The library was written in C# using .NET 4.

Also, back in this post, I’ve presented how one can use a .NET 4 DLL from a .NET 2 executable.

All of this was just preparations for writing my own grammar checker plugin for Windows Live Writer.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.. “Doesn’t WLW already have a spell checker?”
Answer: It does, but its grammar checking abilities are quite limited.

Obviously, I’ve used my “After the Deadline” wrapper library for the grammar checking. And since Windows Live Writer plugins must be written in .NET 2, I’ve used the same techniques mentioned in my previous article mentioned above.

Where Can I Get This Awesome Plugin?

Well, both the source code and an MSI installer can be downloaded from the downloads section in the new CodePlex project I’ve created.

Using the Spelling and Grammar Checker Plugin

Step 1: Select the text you want to check:


Step 2: Go to the “Insert” tab and select “Grammar Checker” from the listed plugins:


Step 3: Correct the presented errors using the “Spelling and Grammar” dialog:


Step 4: Repeat step 3 until a completed message appears:



Somehow, merely 2 days after I created the CodePlex project, there were three blog posts about it. WOW. I guess this plugin was needed more than I thought.

That’s it for now,
Arik Poznanski.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL)


About the Author

Arik Poznanski
Software Developer (Senior) Verint
Israel Israel
Arik Poznanski is a senior software developer at Verint. He completed two B.Sc. degrees in Mathematics & Computer Science, summa cum laude, from the Technion in Israel.

Arik has extensive knowledge and experience in many Microsoft technologies, including .NET with C#, WPF, Silverlight, WinForms, Interop, COM/ATL programming, C++ Win32 programming and reverse engineering (assembly, IL).

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