The Right Tool: Giam, an open source multi-protocol IM client

Right Tool - Giam, an IM client

Another option is the ability to add a spell checker into Gaim. Gaim uses the open source application ASpell to provide this support. It supports many languages (including English). The spell checking is automatic. As you type your instant message, misspelled words are underlined in red. A simple right click on the word will bring up a listing of possible words you attempted to type. Select the word you want, click it, and the work is automatically replaced. This can be either good or bad depending upon how you use IM. If it is mostly for business use, then the spell check can be an invaluable tool. On the other hand if you use it mostly for chatting with friends, then spell check can quickly become an annoyance.

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