Testing the WP proofreading tools

WP Proofreading Settings

WP Proofreading Settings

How well does the WordPress proofreader  work? I chose several options in the Users->Personal Settings area to check its worthiness.

I will attempt to type without correcting anything to see if I can get it to notify me of my errors. so far so good. my computer’s system is underlining misspellings but I want to see if it’ll catch other problems well nothing is happening yet how long do I wait for it to catch my missing periods and lower case is?

OK. when I publish, it asks me to Cancel so I can view the problems. The little green underlines for lower case I’s doesn’t show very well and it did not mark my incomplete sentences. Misspellings are underlined.

If I publish without fixing errors they disappear when I return to edit the post. Ugh.

The writing Helper does not provide any additional assistance as its name would imply.

However, when I click Publish after editing a second time, I am prompted to fix errors.

Each error has a popup with suggested corrections, which is convenient.

I’ve made some more corrections but it isn’t catching critical grammatical errors. It underlines phrases that demonstrate more advanced word usage and recommending more casual language, which I don’t recommend for college-level writing. It does underline passive voice areas, which is something I can work on.

Example spreadsheet screenshot

There are three main ways to get a spreadsheet into WordPress.

  1. Paste in text copied from a spreadsheet program like Excel or Google Docs.
  2. Upload a .PDF file (which can be viewed when clicking on the link to the file).
  3. Saving a screenshot as .GIF (recommended), .PNG, or .JPG.

1. Paste into

This list was copied from Google Docs and pasted into WordPress.
  1. File->Download->HTML to view it without Google’s interface.
  2. I selected the part I wanted to pasted in, then copied.
  3. I pasted into WordPress.
  4. Then removed data from cells I did not want to show.
  5. Then I used Worpress to align each money cell to the right (money is always displayed right-aligned).
It doesn’t usually retain the formatting but ought to keep the columns and rows intact. If your spreadsheet is too wide for the text column, the I recommend trying option 2.
Expense
 Amount
rent $48
credit card $10
transportation $16
hobbies $20
clothing $20
phone $20
food $30
entertainment $30
interest-loans $50
school $300
total $544

2. PDF Documents

This file displays an uploaded .PDF file. The spreadsheet was created in Google Docs and saved using File->Download->PDF…

Remember that .PDF files are not images, they are multi-page documents.

3. Image files

The image file below was first created in Google Docs then saved as a screenshot file:

  1. From Google Docs, I used the Grab tool on Mac with Command-Shift-4.
  2. The part I selected was automatically saved as a .PNG file, which works fine but it is usually too big for the web. This file is about 20k.
  3. So I opened it in Photoshop and “saved for the web” as a .GIF file so it is just 5k.
Spreadsheet screenshot example

Spreadsheet screenshot example saved as .GIF.

demo of a gallery

1. add RAM to the plate by snapping into place.

1. add RAM to the plate by snapping into place.

Rosie the Rivetor ~ We Can Do It poster

Famous poster art of Rosie the Riveter showing an example of the might American women used during World War II. Courtesy of US National Archives. Produced by Westinghouse for the War Production. Created by J. Howard Miller. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.This image was added to this WordPress post using the Add Media: Image icon listed on the Write->Post editing toolbar.

  1. Use the Upload button to add a file from your hard drive.
    • Or use the URL field to paste in a link to an image online somewhere else.
  2. Add a description and copyright statement to the Description field.
  3. Note that when you edit this image later, the description
  4. Set the alignment if you want.
  5. Click the Insert into Post button to add the new image to your Post.

If you need to edit the image’s information, then:

  1. Click the Image icon on the toolbar.
  2. Or click the Manage->Media Library tab.
      • Click the title of the image in the list to switch to the image editing screen.

    Note that when you add a description in the Write-Post editing toolbar, the description contents end up in the caption field/alternative text attribute later.

    Testing how images appear when uploaded in WordPress 2.5

    Famous poster art of Rosie the Riveter showing an example of the might American women used during World War II. Courtesy of US National Archives. Produced by Westinghouse for the War Production. Created by J. Howard Miller. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.This image was added to this WordPress post using the Add Media: Image icon listed on the Write->Post editing toolbar.

    1. Use the Upload button to add a file from your hard drive.
      • Or use the URL field to paste in a link to an image online somewhere else.
    2. Add a description and copyright statement to the Description field.
      • Note that when you edit this image later, the description will end up in the Caption field.
    3. Set the alignment if you want.
    4. Click the Insert into Post button to add the new image to your Post.

    If you need to edit the image’s information, then:

    1. Click the Image icon on the toolbar.
    2. Or click the Manage->Media Library tab.
      • Click the title of the image in the list to switch to the image editing screen.

    Note that when you add a Description in the Write-Post editing toolbar, the description contents end up in the caption field in the Mange->Media Library editing screen, becoming the alternative text attribute.

    Irritations with WP 2.5

    WordPress’ new image uploading functions have some great features, but no longer provide a sensible way to add citations and alt text to images.

    1. The contents of the title attribute do not popup when you roll over an image. Instead, the title field is used only in the Manage->Media Library list as a replacement for the file name.
    2. The alternative text field used to be called the description field and is now called the caption field. This caption is used for the visually impaired who are unable to see the image you have displayed.
    3. The description field is available to fill in, but does not seem to show up when viewing the image in a post. If you see it, let me know where it displays.

    Editing these fields is now a pain. If you click on the image editing icon, you can only change the caption and not the title or description. You have to go back to the Manage->Media Library to make updates.

    The bottom line is put your description and citation in the caption field.