Getting textarea spell checking to work with Firefox 0.8

February 10, 2004

Update 2004.07.13:

For all of you who are having problems installing Torisugari's spell check extension working should check out SpellBound. I just installed this new spell checker extension on a machine with Firefox 0.9.2, and the installation was flawless.

Update: 2004.06.18

I've posted a note on how to get the spell check extension working in Firefox 0.9.

For the past couple months, I've been enjoying Torisugari's textarea spell checker extension that I talked about late last year.

A number of people have reported difficulties getting this extension to work in the new Firefox 0.8 release. I've gotten the extension up and running on my Windows XP machine by doing the following:

- Make a copy of the composer.xpt file in the Firebird components directory
- Uninstall Firebird
- Grab the stuff I want from my old profile (bookmarks, etc), which is still labeled Phoenix, and then delete the profile
- Install Firefox, but not starting the program immediately after the install
- Place a copy composer.xpt into the Firefox components directory
- Start Firefox
- Install spellcheck.xpi from:
- Shut down Firefox
- Install fromspellcheckerfe0_4_0.xpi :
(You can also get the composer.xpt file here as well in case you've deleted it)
- Shut down Firefox again
- Start Firefox

I'm thinking that the majority of people's problems getting the spell checker to work for Firefox stems from the installer defaulting to a new program directory than the Firebird installer. This new components directory will not have the composer.xpt file in it (it was dropped from Firebird/Firefox builds a while ago. I can't remember exactly when.). Since I believe that this is the problem you could probably get by without having to wipe your old profile before.

Hope this helps.

Update: 2004.02.12

Two things:

1. I noticed that the a thread on the Mozillaziine forums covered this issue, and it looks like you can install the composer.xpt file after running Firefox and, at least from what I read, that there is no need to wipe your old profile.

2. I read on the same forum version 0.3.5 of the spellcheck xpi is actually the most current version, and that 0.4 version was more of an experiment that has been abandoned (although it still works fine).

Posted by Andrew at February 10, 2004 05:09 PM

Thanks for the tip on the spell checker. A great set of directions. It was a bit intimidating at first, but as I read through the steps carefully it was quite simple.
My spell checker works like new. So long IE, again.

Posted by: Chuck Grady on February 10, 2004 09:00 PM

Interestingly my firefox (on GNU/Linux) seems to come with composer.xpt


Do I still need to copy the older xpt?

And thanx for the great HOWTO :)

Posted by: aadis on February 13, 2004 02:53 AM


I'd assume that any copy of composer.xpt will work.

Also, be sure to get the spellcheck.xpi file from the linux-xpi sirectory, instead of the windows one.

Posted by: Andrew on February 13, 2004 03:17 PM

There is also a spell-checker component available for the mozilla suite at:

Posted by: Andrew on April 1, 2004 12:27 AM
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