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Stack Overflow Careers Cover Letter Spellcheck

By Hi I'm Ben Last update Aug 4, 2013 — Installed 7 times.

Script Summary: Flips the "spellcheck" attribute on the modal iframe that contains cover letters so that active spellchecking can occur.



Version: 1.0.0

I'm a really terrible speller. I know this about myself, and I work to make sure that my spelling issues bleed into my real life as little as possible. Recently I started using Stack Overflow's fantastic "Careers" board, and my one major qualm with the system was the fact that my browser wouldn't run spellcheck on cover letter section. Digging deeper, I discovered that this was because the cover letter modal dialog was loaded in an iframe, and the <body> tag of that iframe had a "spellcheck" attribute set to "false". Why? Why would they do this to us? Why intentionally impede browser-based spellcheckers from catching our errors when we're applying for jobs?

Anyway, I got tired of copying out the entirety of my cover letters to a different location in order to spellcheck them, so I wrote this simple little script to flip the value of that spellcheck attribute to "true" and allow browser-based spellcheckers to do their job.</body>