Wanted: A shortcut key to zip backwards to the last mispelleded word in a text document. (And, forward too would be nice, but backwards is most important.) Next time you are writing stuff, think about how cool this would be.

See the whole “WANTED” list here.


  1. #1 D. C. Sessions
    August 14, 2010

    Did you put in an OpenOffice.org enhancement request? I didn’t see an issue link that would allow me to vote for it.

    Those requests do work. I was the requestor for the the “overbar” markup request [1]. The team had to get a revision to the ODF file format to make it happen, but you’ll notice that OO.o now has overbar.

    [1] We need it for electronic standards documents.

  2. #2 A. S. Howard
    August 14, 2010

    I find it amusing that ‘misspelled’ is misspelled. 😛

  3. #3 Greg Laden
    August 14, 2010

    DC: I want in emacs!!!

    A.S: Very misspelled! Just so there would be no mistaking the attempt a humor.

  4. #4 Alan B
    August 15, 2010

    I’m not an emacs guy, but I think that would be pretty easy to do in a script, using aspell or something similar. I wrote a script in Nedit to jump to next/previous C function definition, it was pretty short and straightforward…

  5. #5 Alex
    August 15, 2010

    I find that ctrl+left works for me.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    August 15, 2010

    Alex: Does this mean that you spell EVERY word wrong? Because Ctl+left goes back one word at a time.

    Alan, yeah, it should be. I would even stipulate this: Assume flyspell-mode is on. That means that a word is already marked somehow. This should be EASY in emacs.

  7. #7 Alex
    August 16, 2010

    “Alex: Does this mean that you spell EVERY word wrong? Because Ctl+left goes back one word at a time.”

    Not every word, but near enough for a bit of hyperbole.

    It should be pretty easy to implement, especially with automatic spell checkers. Surely you can write an emacs script for it?

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    August 16, 2010

    Alex, I’m sure you would be much better at this than I would!