Making sure to spell check web pages is really important. This isn’t a new issue. The problem of spelling errors is as old as the written word, but the modern web does present some unique challenges. When you review a page on the screen, you need to make sure you’re checking all the text. This is sometimes tricky. Take a look at this example:
Can you see the spelling error? Try looking again. Still no? Here it is…
The reason you couldn’t see the spelling error in the (made up) example is that it was hidden until the mouse roles over the menu, and this is a common issue when spell checking sites.
If you spell check web pages manually in your browser you need to be extremely careful to check the “hidden” areas of the page. Often these are simply menus, where there isn’t too much text to get wrong, but in some sites these hidden areas can be a lot bigger….
In the above example there’s a large amount of text hidden behind those tabs. In fact, taken together they contain more text than the rest of the page. So the first lesson is: beware of tabs, menus and other hidden areas, they often contain text that needs to be spell checked.
The following sections contain hints on checking other parts of pages, which in some case are completely hidden when you view them in the browser, but they’re some of the most important parts of the content.
The <title> tags in the <head> section of a web page contain the text that will appear in a couple of places:
1) The browser tab used to open the page:
2) Search engine results. Search engines use the title tag in their listings. This makes the title an incredibly important page element to check!
This is a slightly more obscure part of a page. It never appears in the browser when the page is viewed. The description is found in the top of your html, like this:
<meta name=”description” content=”Text describing the content of the page”>
The description is often used by the search engines to describe the page, enticing the viewer to click on it. Here’s an example of how it appears:
<img src=”imageFile.png” alt=”A description of what’s in the image” />
How to handle these
If you’re spell checking manually by opening pages in your browser it’s important to check tabs and menus etc. to find hidden content. It’s also important to do right click > View page source and make sure all the hidden areas (title, description, image alt’s) are spelled correctly.
There is also a better way. Our tool, DeepTrawl, will automatically check all the content of every page and all of the above. With a single click you can find the spelling errors in an entire site.