Hi Jim,

Sorry, I think I didn't clarify my reasoning about a spell checker. I
actually wasn't talking about using a spell checker for programming. I
was just pointing out that other text editors that I use like Gedit
include one. Although I don't use the spell checker for programming if
I write my manual, readme file, whatever in the same text editor I use
for programming I can spell check the documentation with the spell
checker. If I use Notepad for writing my game documentation I have no
immediate way to spell check the documentation because Notepad doesn't
have spell checking. I then have to open it in Word, Open Writer,
Gedit, etc to spell check it. So my thinking is why not just use a
better text editor to begin with and completely forget about Notepad.
There are better text editors out there that are not only designed for
programmers like you and I, but have other helpful tools like spell
checkers for general document editing and writing too.


On 1/14/11, Jim Kitchen <j...@kitchensinc.net> wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> I know that you and I have a totally different method of programming etc.
> You know like I like to program in the VB6 IDE.  So I do not use Note Pad or
> any other text editor for writing my code.  I write it in the VB6 IDE and
> then test run it right off.  And I use HJ Pad for writing EEmail because it
> has a spell checker.  But I can see that the editor programs that you
> mentioned would definitely have advantages if you needed to know indents etc
> for your programming code.  The only thing is, I definitely need a spell
> checker for Email, but I have found them to be totally impractical for
> programming even inVB6 because of the in aimed variable names, VB6 commands
> etc.  And I find that having the VB6 IDE open and then some old code open in
> Note Pad to copy and paste bits of code works very well for me.  But again
> VB6 doesn't demand special indents etc.  I imagine that a spell checker
> would have even more problems with all of the special syntax etc of
> programming languages that have so much special punctuation etc rather than
> English words like VB6 has.
> I very much miss that, in dos Jaws had a feature where it would report row
> and column.  I could then be confident that the text that I was putting on
> the screen was formatted correctly and all lined up nicely.  But in windows
> rows and columns are all relevant because the window can open anywhere on
> the screen with any number of other windows open, and thus all of the
> spacing is relevant.  So I am not confident with putting text on the screen
> in windows.  Well other than the MSG and Input boxes that VB6 offers.
> So, to rap up, I do not find a need for the elaborate text editor programs
> that you recommend, but I find it works for me to program right in the VB6
> IDE.  But if I were to be writing code in a text editor for other
> programming languages, I bet that I would find a need for the options in the
> text editor programs that you are talking about and recommending.
> TGIF and BFN
>      Jim

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