[AI] Care for spellings in postings - a request

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Mon Jun 21 07:25:42 EDT 2010

The criteria is not if one has studied in English medium or have learnt
English through and through at school. I have seen this in some blogs
and other platforms where the so-called learned folks share information.
Even there, I found plenty of mistakes and very obvious grammatical
errors. I wish I am able to share a few examples, because recently I
read an article written by an "AUTHOR" (and, of all the things, she is
an American) which was full of errors... so much that it was hard to
believe that the person who actually wrote it was an author. Imagine
someone who is making a living out of writing putting out messages like

The root cause of poorly written mails in my opinion is lack of care.
People do not understand that their writing says something about them
and it definitely has an impact on other people and they have a
responsibility to write in an intelligible, clear way. I list the
following points which people may like to take into account while

1. Avoid SMS language. SMS language has had a negative influence on
people, particularly on youngsters. Believe me, how much ever you try
and simplify your writing in terms of shortening words and using
alphanumeric, writing, as a process, is essentially different from
speaking and you do not have the necessary expertise to use one for the
other. So when writing, whether through a mobile phone or
twitter/facebook, treat it as a writing task. 
2. Read sites like BBC, which uses simple sentences to convey the news.
If you read it for a long time, it has an influence on the way you
write. If you need help in honing your language skills, you can switch
to learning English or other specific sites in BBC, which provide both
audio and text information for practice. 
3. Never send a message without reading it at least once. I am having a
terrible time with the keyboard I am using to type this message (and so
many other things like filing my stories) since it doesn't type A with a
single touch. I have to hit the key several times to get it typed, but I
do it since I don't want my messages to appear bad (still you may find a
word or two with a missing A, but that is after I try my best). Take
pride in the fact that you are amongst the privileged few in this
country to use things like computers and emails to communicate and so
have to show you actually do what it takes to use them. 
4. Your writing is a part of your personality. You wouldn't like to
attend a party wearing an awful dress, dirty and dishevelled. So why
should you write badly and show that you are after all not someone who
people like to meet in person? You indeed raise your stakes
(expectations) higher if you write well. So put in that effort. If you
think you can't, learn. 


-----Original Message-----
From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
[mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of prateek
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:14 PM
To: accessindia
Subject: Re: [AI] Care for spellings in postings - a request

I too have observed a few mails with major errors in spellings.
While we are using screen readers, we don't usually read the word
letter by letter, hence our focus does not go to the spelling of a

Yes, I fully understand that many of you folks haven't got chance of
doing studies in English medium schools, and that's not at all a
problem, neither that is any criteria of judging your capabilities. In
fact, a lot of you folks are scholars and experts in your respective
areas, and I'm proud for that.
Sometimes, incorrect spellings or grammar makes your e-mail
ineffective to an extent that the intended recipient does not notice
it that warmly, hence you remain destitute from the right answer which
you would have got if the spellings were all correct.
Moreover, the fact described by vasu bro about the appearance  of
search results by  search queries  is also one of the major factors.
Considering this, I request all the learned fellows without any
preference of name that please try checking the spelling of the word
you are writing here, it only takes a bit.
In fact, a better approach is to write the e-mail in Microsoft word
first, and run the spelling and grammar check.
Of course, the spelling and grammar check is not the best solution and
it won't point all the mistakes,  neither the suggested things by it
are all perfect, yet you can get an idea and decide what to correct.
An other important thing that I'd like to suggest is to read whatever
you have written with the help of your screen reader.
Many times, your screen reader will pronounce a word in strange way if
its spelling is not correct.
This will let you know that there's some problem with the spelling of
that respective word, which you can correct then.

I have been thinking to write spellings of some of the most commonly
used words so the chances of collision can be reduced down.

Based on your suggestions, I may start a series somewhere either here
or on my website about the spellings of some very commonly used words.

Response awaited.

Prateek agarwal.
Wanna see inside me? My blog is the telescope:

the best way to accomplish your softwares/websites development needs.
You tell, I'll build.

---------- Original message ----------
From: "Srinivasu Chakravarthula" <srinivasu at srinivasu.org>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 20:12:54 +0530
Subject: [AI] Care for spellings in postings - a request
Dear all,

Off late, there are several emails with lot of spelling and grammar
mistakes. I do understand some of you may not got opportunity to study
English medium school and I'm one of them and that would be one of the
possible reasons for spelling mistakes in emails and I don't mistake any

At the same time, please understand that postings of Access India are
archived and easily available for people to come across the content
search engines and useful information posted by you would not come up in
search engines unless your content matches to the spelling that a
is looking for. So it would be a biggest disadvantage for us, if our
do not have correct spellings and grammar.

To make your postings better, may I please suggest a couple of things,
although I am aware, this would be a little more additional effort:

1.       If you are using Microsoft Outlook / outlook express, be sure
to do
a spell check by pressing F7 (not sure for outlook express)

2.       If you compose emails using webmail and use Mozilla Firefox,
often it notify you about spelling errors and by using the applications
you can access the suggestions and use the correct spelling.

3.       This suggestion would really be an additional effort, but you
try; if you are using webmail, may be, draft your email using Word
and run the spell check, then copy the same and paste to your compose
box in
web mail.

Hope this would be of help to someone. No offense please.

Best regards,

Srinivasu Chakravarthula
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