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SpellingCow followup

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Just got the following message from Craig Nuttall, the creator of SpellingCow, as a comment to my LiteSpellChecker post:

Hello All. Right now I am spell checking this message as I type. I am the creator of SpellingCow ( http://www.spellingcow.com ). I would like to thank Emil for his hard work as he inspired my creation. […]


Monday, September 4th, 2006

Browsed slashdot earlier today, and saw a post about SpellingCow, a remotely hosted ajax spell checker.
My initial reaction was “cool, someone picked up on my ajax spell checker idea and made something useful out of it”.
However as soon as I tried it I noticed a remarkable resemblance to the LiteSpellChecker component I wrote, as a […]

Printing Canvas

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Since I first started with IE Canvas the number one request has been printing support. The same applies to the successor, ExplorerCanvas and the WebFX Chart component.
In fact about 90% of the mails I’ve received about these projects has been about printing.
So a while ago I started to look into it, however Rostislav Hristov beat […]

The List, One Year Later

Monday, May 29th, 2006

About a year ago I wrote about Joel Spolsky’s list of things that cannot be well done in web applications.

Create a fast drawing program.
Build a real-time spell checker with wavy red underlines.
Warn users that they are going to lose their work if they hit the close box of the browser.
Update a small part of […]

Chart 1.02

Sunday, April 16th, 2006

I’ve update the WebFX Chart widget to use the new, and superior, ExplorerCanvas IE Emulation layer instead of my old IECanvas one.
I’ve also included the excellent jsgraphics painter implementation contributed by Ma Bingyao in the official version.
This brings the number of painter implementations to three; canvas, svg and jsgraphics, although the svg one is still […]


Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Shortly after I announced my Canvas in IE project a while back it became apparent that I wasn’t the only one trying to bring Canvas to IE. Glen, and Erik, had recently started a similar venture and suggested we join forces. Having one good IE implementation makes a lot more sense than two competing ones.
Check […]


Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Been quite busy lately, work has occupied most of my time and it looks like it will be that way for the remainder of the winter and spring as well, most of which I’ll spend in Manila.
Anyway, it seems like Mark Finkle picked up the ball and started working on SVG in IE. Although not […]


Sunday, January 8th, 2006

The very first thing I though about when I started to play around with canvas was that it would be great to make charts with.
There are quite a few places where client side charts makes more sense than those generated on the server side and sent as an image.
For instance if the date originates […]

Canvas in IE Feedback

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Seems quite a few sites picked up on my Canvas in IE project, a lot of nice and encouraging things has been said about it. Thanks.
However Alex Russell raised a very good point:
“I’m really not sure that <canvas> is something we should be emulating…SVG Tiny + DOM bindings OTOH…”
And the more I think about it […]

Canvas in IE

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Since Apple’s introduction of canvas earlier this year support for it has been added to both Mozilla and Opera, making it more widespread than, the much older, SVG. I suspect that’s largely due to the complexity of the later and the simplicity of canvas. However it still cannot see widespread deployment as it’s not supported […]