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November 18, 2009

ColdFusion proxy for After the Deadline

I recently switched our CMS spellchecker on PortlandOnline from Google's spellchecker to After the Deadline. After the Deadline is a new breed of spellchecker—likely very different from the spellcheckers you're used to using. AtD offers contextual spell checking so it can detect words that are spelled correctly, but used incorrectly. It also has an advanced style and grammar checker and offers helpful explanations of all the detected issues.

After the Deadline recently became the default spellchecker in Wordpress, and it's also offered as a TinyMCE plugin. However, the TinyMCE plugin requires a server side script to proxy AJAX requests. The only proxy script currently included with the plugin is for PHP so I ported the PHP script to ColdFusion. It's a fairly simple script, but I thought I'd share it so that others don't have to reinvent the wheel. (I did send it to the AtD developers so maybe it will be included in a future release…)

Posted at 11:10 AM in ColdFusion


1. Jason Luciano says:

This will most likely be a great reference for us in the future. We just installed Aspell in conjunction with CKEditor and this solutions seems to make more sense. Looking forward to checking out the specifications. Thanks.

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 4:53 AM

2. Raphael Mudge says:

Hi Richard,
Thanks for sharing this with the community. I've finally got the link to this post up on the AtD developers page.

-- Raphael

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 7:21 AM

3. chris says:

Thank you so much for posting this, It just saved me some time getting it to work on our site

Posted on June 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM