Using the Spell Checker
Checking the Text Which is Currently being Edited
The spell checker checks spelling while typing in any of Illume’s HTML editors, underlining misspelled words with a wavy red line. The spell checker checks spelling while typing question prompts, response options, and Text/HTML items.
To correct the spelling of any misspelled word, right-click on the word, and choose one of the suggested spellings from the list.
If the correct spelling is not in the list, click within the HTML editor to make the context menu disappear, then manually correct the spelling.
If the spelling of the word is correct, but the spell checker identifies it as incorrect, the context menu provides two options:
- Ignore all will ignore all further instances of the word in the current document. (Unless you are checking the entire survey at once, the current document includes the text in the current HTML editor.)
- Add to Dictionary will add the word to your dictionary of known words. Microsoft Word and other Office applications share this system-wide dictionary, so any words you add from Illume will be added to your Word/Office dictionary as well.
Spell Check Options
When Include item descriptions is checked, Illume will find and replace text within the data dictionary descriptions of questions and question tables. This is the text that appears on the Description tab of the question editor and in the description field of each item in the data dictionary.
Checking an Entire Survey At Once
Illume can spell check an entire survey at once, including:
- All question prompts
- All response options
- Text/HTML items
- Header and footer text
- End page content
- The survey launch page
- The resume/restore page
- The “survey suspended” page
To spell check an entire survey at once click Tools / Spell Check… Illume will read through the survey, stopping at each potential misspelling. Illume loads the text containing the misspelling into the HTML editor, with the misspelled words underlined in red. Right-click on any misspelled word to view the list of suggested spellings.
The survey-wide spell checker includes a Revert to Saved button that will undo any changes made by the spell checker in the text currently displayed.
After correcting a word in the survey-wide spell checker, click Next Error to resume spell checking.
Checking Selected Items
You can limit the spell check operation to a single item or to a group of items by selecting the item(s) in the survey designer before choosing Spell Check… from the Tools menu.
To choose a single item for spell checking, simply click on the name of the item in the Survey Designer. To choose multiple items, hold the Control key and click each item individually. Holding the Shift key while you click selects every item between the item you are clicking on and the last selected item.
When working within a group of selected items, checking Include items within selected collections will extend the find and replace operation into each of the collections that you have selected.
Known Issues with Spell Checking
Because Illume uses Microsoft Word’s spell checker, you must have Microsoft Word 2000 or later installed in order to use spell check.
When the spell checker replaces an individually formatted word (for example, an italicized, bolded or underlined word), Illume may not preserve the formatting when it replaces the word.
The spell checker will work for each language in a multilingual survey, provided:
- Microsoft Word 2000 or later is installed on the computer.
- Microsoft Word dictionary is installed for the language being checked.