Spellchecker crashing browsers? May 4, 2004 8:47 AM   Subscribe

Is it just me, or is the spell-checker crashing other people's browsers, too? [mi]
posted by Ethereal Bligh to Bugs at 8:47 AM (26 comments total)

XP Pro, IE 6, all updates.

The spell check completes and then sometimes the spell check window will go away, sometimes it won't, but in all cases the parent browser window will be completely unresponsive and I'll have to kill it.

My system has been unstable lately, so this could be related to a larger problem that really has nothing to do with the spell-checker. So I thought I'd ask if anyone else has seen this problem.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:50 AM on May 4, 2004

This has never happened to me. I have had a flawless browsing experience here at MetaFilter.

I also have amazingly white teeth and sturdy gums.

Good day.
posted by xmutex at 9:48 AM on May 4, 2004

Ethereal, not to be pedantic, but you might need to rephrase that sentence for clarity. Another way of saying it might be:

"Is the spell-checker crashing other people's browser's, like I am?"

(No, it's not crashing my browser. Have you tried it in another browser? Say, Firefox? I'm not proselytizing, it might just help to isolate the problem. Ok, I'm proselytizing too.)
posted by Hildago at 10:00 AM on May 4, 2004

If I prost thiss, den it's workign ok in Opera
posted by Capn at 10:06 AM on May 4, 2004

"Am I the only person whose browser is being crashed by the spell-checker?"
posted by cortex at 10:35 AM on May 4, 2004

Am I the only one who is mesmerized by the little spell check bars moving up and down?
posted by loquax at 10:54 AM on May 4, 2004

I'm sick and tired of Seth, Albert Belle, and Ethereal Bligh crashing my browser.
posted by Kwantsar at 10:55 AM on May 4, 2004

"Is the spell-checker crashing other people's browser's, like I am?"

That's a clarification? I don't believe Mr. Bligh is claiming personal responsibility for crashing other people's browsers.

You down with OPB?
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 10:58 AM on May 4, 2004

I see some people haven't been reading their call out threads.
posted by loquax at 11:01 AM on May 4, 2004

Loquax, I don't understand that reference.

And sorry if this was a stupid question. It's a very specific problem, so I wondered if it might be specific to MeFi.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 11:09 AM on May 4, 2004

Loquax, I don't understand that reference.

EB, I was referring to _sirmissalot_'s comment and poking gentle fun at your super-long posts in other threads on meta recently (which were quite interesting by the way).
posted by loquax at 11:16 AM on May 4, 2004

I can't believe that no one is down with OPB.
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 11:46 AM on May 4, 2004

Oregon Public Broadcasting? Office of Planning and Budgets? Ontario Pension Board? Olympic Penninsula Bicyclists? On-Chip Peripheral Bus?
posted by loquax at 12:00 PM on May 4, 2004

I'm down with OPB. Yeah, you know me.
posted by birdherder at 12:42 PM on May 4, 2004

And I'm stuck on Band-Aid Brand, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me.

You can tell EBligh is still a newbie, if he starts a MeTa post with "Is it just me...?"

Sorry, I got out of the evil side of the bed this morning
posted by wendell at 1:16 PM on May 4, 2004

Which side is that?
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 1:31 PM on May 4, 2004

Ok what's the deal lately with Joey Albert Belle?
posted by xmutex at 1:40 PM on May 4, 2004

Yeah, I've been wondering myself xmutex. Is it that he's been paid 37 million dollars to do nothing for the last three seasons?
posted by loquax at 1:55 PM on May 4, 2004

Look, I'm down with OPB. I just don't like to talk about it.

Ethereal Bligh, upon first reading your question, it seems as if you're saying that you crash people's browsers, and you're asking if spell-check crashes their browsers as well. I have never had you crash my browser. I have never had spell-check crash my browser.

Or, for that matter, Albert Belle. When he was still Joey, he crashed my browser all the time, though, the bastard.
posted by iconomy at 3:43 PM on May 4, 2004

The spell checker doesn't crash my browser (Opera) but it does like to sometimes erase the post I had just finished writing.
posted by jb at 4:39 PM on May 4, 2004

I just want to take a moment to pimp the best damn interface for a web spellchecker that I've ever seen. It's the spellchecker for the free email service over at fastmail.fm. It's extra spiffy, and very fast (minimal reloading). I think you need to make a free account to play with it though, but it's worth a look for those interested in such things.
posted by NortonDC at 4:49 PM on May 4, 2004

I have a built-in spell checker. In my head. The mefi one seems to work OK, but I've never actually used it for anything before.

My rule of thumb: if I just can't spell a word on my own, no matter how many times I try, then it was probably a really silly word to use anyway.
posted by reklaw at 5:57 PM on May 4, 2004

Win2k Sp4, Firefox .8, no problems here.

Oh, and the SAT-suggested re-wording of that question should be:

"Other people, whose browsers are also; is it me crashing?"
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:02 PM on May 4, 2004

Spelling mistakes embarrass me. I was an atrocious speller when young, contrary to many other early and voracious readers' expectations about the matter. At least the really good spellers, anyway. I've had to work over the years to learn to get most words correct. But I don't like any mistakes at all, it completely destroys credibility. For example, that blog entry of mine that Talking Points Memo mentioned and linked to...I didn't spell check it. Usually I do, that time I didn't. I didn't think anyone was reading, anyway.

posted by Ethereal Bligh at 6:04 PM on May 4, 2004

EB, I was apparently talking to myself earlier in the thread. I was joking that your long posts in the other thread were crashing my browser (which they were, but it's ok).

I now realize I am not a grammar snob, which pleases me.
posted by loquax at 6:07 PM on May 4, 2004

Judging from this thread:
It's just you, the spell-checker is not crashing other people's browsers, too.
posted by snarfodox at 8:41 PM on May 4, 2004

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