A list of resources useful to content authors
Initially created to hold links to dictionaries, but will also include links to image processing tools and tutorials, perhaps.
(Note that spell-checking a document using its URL will not work unless you have published the document!)
- http://www.spellcheck.net/ Spell check English. 20,000 word limit. Accepts plain text.
- http://www.spellonline.com/ Spell check English, French, Italian, Portugese, Spanish. Accepts HTML or plain text. (not working any more?)
- WordNet (you can also install it for free on Windows and Linux)
- http://freedict.com (translations - annoying popups) See also http://freedict.de
- Merriam-Webster OnLine
- Lynch, guide to grammar and style
- Strunk (Elements of Style) or here
- Web Style Guide (focused on web-publishing issues, like graphics and formatting)
- The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing. Very nice.
HTML Issues and Entity References (e.g., € or € for € (€))
- HTML Tidy Online Helps me get accent-ridden or word-format-ridden html into a form suitable for all sorts of browsers. This sort of thing also helps if you want to use curly quotes (“”) and emdashes (—). I'm still trying to understand encodings and how one might use unicode for all things so as to never have problems with whatever type of character I might want to use. Other online html tidiers.
- Character entity references in HTML 4.0
- Unicode charts
Note that with some characters (e.g., Мой город без) zope is converting them to entity refs like so (Мой город без) when you paste them in, wheras with others like € (€) it is not).
2004-09-11-1326 added HTML Tidy Online and Mayfield Handbook