You just finished witting an awesome article, what should you do next? Get up from your desk and stretch your legs? No! Check the spelling and grammar!
How many Microsoft KB articles or Wikipedia articles do you read with spelling or grammatical mistakes? How do you feel when you read an article that has bad grammar or poor spelling? Rightly or wrongly, does it give you confidence in the author? If the spelling and grammar are especially bad, you might even end up confused.
Part of writing a credible and professional article is checking your spelling and grammar are correct!
Spelling and grammar are important, and ensure:
1. your article looks professional and creditable
2. the reader clearly understands what you're writing about
There are many tools you can use to check spelling and grammar. It's quick and easy to do, and should be something that you do as a habit after writing an article!
Here is a short list of tools you can use (I'm sure there's many more out there, so if you have a favourite one that isn't on the list, please add it to the comments!).
- Microsoft Word
- Notepad++ (e.g. with the DSpell plug-in)
- Expression Web (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2244.authoring-blog-and-wiki-content-with-expression-web.aspx)
For those (amazing) people who translate articles, the task is harder. It can be especially hard when it comes to getting the grammar correct for a foreign language! If you need help with this, try partnering with a Wiki author who speaks the language natively. They might be willing to proof read the article for you once you've finished the initial translation! That's a benefit of being in a community; helping each other!