Dear WebSpellChecker clients,
2022 ends in a few weeks, so brace yourself, year-in-review blog posts are coming. Traditionally, WebSpellChecker is wrapping up this year and making resolutions for the upcoming one. So, before we start…
All year round, the Ukrainian-based WebSpellChecker team is screaming “jumanji”, so that we can get out of this creepy game. Without the support of our dear clients, business partners and friends, we won’t be able to pass any of these levels. Thank you!
And although we weren’t able to accomplish all the resolutions we made, we had some big achievements we want to share with you.
The brightest moments of 2022 at WebSpellChecker were:
Autocomplete aka text prediction
During air raid alerts, in bomb shelters, scattered but united, WebSpellChecker team released autocomplete version 1.
The feature predicts writing when the user is typing. Initially, the autocomplete suggested only separate words based on the context. Later on, we released version 2 with smarter, longer suggestions.
For now, text prediction is available only for English and can be configured in the settings.
As expected, this feature simplifies and speeds up writing. We already got positive feedback from the clientele.
There’s always room for improvement, that’s why we keep eliminating false or erroneous suggestions. The next feature version is on the way.
AI English dialects
We say “Cheers!” to all the broken resolutions, except for the AI English dialects 😂
We kept our last year’s promise, and managed to add AI support for British, American, Australian, and Canadian English unique spelling.
Unlike other text checkers, who tend to use American/British dictionaries for the Canadian/Australian dialect, we created our own set of spelling cases based on the deep linguistic research.
This milestone isn’t already behind us. We keep improving our dataset based on the user requests to make the performance even better.
Constant updates of the AI models for different languages and fixes to traditional proofreading engines — are small steps on this path.
Custom dictionary HTTP API
Although this one wasn’t in our to-do list for this year, we developed a custom dictionary HTTP API per on-premise clients’ request.
Earlier, API was available only for building user-level custom dictionaries; this time we’ve made it work for company custom word lists as well.
Build and manage custom dictionaries, add words, filter lists — all via the API.
Company-level custom dictionary API for cloud clients is in our 2023 roadmap.
WProofreader UI updates
We take care of the user experience and always go an extra mile to perfect it.
This year, we’ve implemented the global badge. The idea was to keep only one global badge on the page that aggregates all the suggestions instead of having small separate badges for each field. By default, it’s disabled, if turned on it appears in the bottom right corner.
In addition, we changed the color of the badge for better visualization of errors found. When there are no suggestions found, it’s orange; it turns red — when some issues take place.
By and large, the above aren’t the only goals we hit. There were tons of other small and big fixes, updates and improvements related to security, WProofreader core, grammar engines, HTTP API, on-premise “standalone” product version configuration, outdated browsers’ deprecation etc.
2023 is loading, and we’re planning to implement inclusive language rules, the company style guide builder, management and console for the on-premise version … in addition to winning more battles, conquering hearts, and napping more ☺️.
WebSpellChecker cordially greets all its customers with winter holidays. Make sure to ring in the new year with excitement, happiness and prosperity!
Looking forward to stronger ties and more growth this year.