Context is important. Not only in face to face encounters.
It's also important when spell checking our written work.
Google Docs offers a feature which relies on context; it's a feature which makes the use of Google Docs especially helpful for our students who struggle with spelling. They call it "Intelligent Spelling," where spell checking looks at the words in context in the sentence and offers suggestions. Many people rely on the spell checker built into Microsoft Word, but it does not have contextual spell checking capabilities.
Want to see this in action? Here's a video which demonstrates how it works and compares the spell checking features built into Word with Google Docs.
Google's Blog states:
- Suggestions are contextual. For example, the spell checker is now smart enough to know what you mean if you type “Icland is an icland.”
- Contextual suggestions are made even if the misspelled word is in the dictionary. If you write “Let’s meat tomorrow morning for coffee” you’ll see a suggestion to change “meat” to “meet."
- Suggestions are constantly evolving. As Google crawls the web, we see new words, and if those new words become popular enough they’ll automatically be included in our spell checker—even pop culture terms, like Skrillex.