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After a few 'unwanted and unnecessary e-mails I'm sorry, but to place a comment you will now have to become a 'FOLLOWER" - People can be and are nasty creatures.
At the bottom of this Blog I've put 4 links - on the right hand side - They will take you to various news sites from various countries. Keep up to date.....! The same links are just below.
Due to poor health, I have decided to use this site mainly, and the site below for some of my postings....just click on it and choose the article to read from the list!
I'm to be found on 'Facebook' as 'Ian Mitchell' and......
I've started using "Twitter" (mr le Marquis) much more, and you can be a part of it. On all my Websites you'll find, somewhere (generally at the top of the page) "Twitter Updates"- This gives you links to click on which will take you to interesting things....Try it!
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A little trip through life

Come and take a little trip with me - through my life and with a few other people as well.....You can listen to the music if you don't like the photos....!
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It happens all the time - swanning ab...

(This page is in English, but you can change to French on the page).

(Cette page est en Anglais, mais vous pouvez changer en Français sur la page).

It happens all the time - swanning about on the clouds of the internet, I stumble over something different and good...!
This time, it's a "Spell Checker". Although I often use the "Google" services for speed, they are rather "liberal" in the translation sense, you have probably seen the one or other on my pages, and have laughed at the "incapability" of the author! That's why I tend to put the remark "Translated by Google" - or something similar, but I also occasionally correct the translated text, which rather defeats the idea of speed!
The real problem in translating for me is the fact that I use a "QWERTY" keyboard, and it's too complicated to learn the French "AZERTY" keyboard, necessary in particular to insert French accents, which is normally what I need it for.
Google and Mozilla, Internet Explorer as well, do offer various systems of "accent insertion/spell checkers" but they are not always precise enough.
So - when I find a thing like this, I'm very happy to use it, and I'll be taking out an abonnement (subscription) very shortly. Until 2010 I'll use the free version which is excellent as well.
The biggest advantages are that it is really VERY precise, even down to corrections/suggestions being marked as "applicable to French in Quebec but not in France...!"
It's also excellent because you can copy and paste text from just about anywhere else on your PC, and have it checked, or you can write your article or e-mail in French - check it - and then copy and paste onto your e=mail page - click SEND - and taboum, taboum!
Try it out - it's free, although certain advanced features are only available through the subscription service - not expensive at 9.99euros a year!


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