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Welcome to the Real Spellers Website


This site is for users, teachers, and students of the Real Spelling™ toolbox. While Real Spelling has given permission for us to have this site, it is in no way affiliated with, or endorsed by, Real Spelling™. This site is created by you, its registered users, and will only be as good as you make it. So, log in and contribute!

Please note: you do not need to register or log in to read anything on this site -- it is fully open to all. Registration and logging in are only necessary for posting and commenting.

There are several parts to this site.

  • The Forums are the place to post and respond to questions from other Real Spellers, and to engage in conversation about, and joint investigation into, points of orthography. Past conversations and correspondences can also be posted here for the benefit of others. To protect the site from the everpresent spammers and bots, you must register and be approved to post (but we will never give your address to anyone). New articles must also be approved, but after you've posted a couple, you become a trusted user and no longer have to have posts approved.
  • The Wiki was an idea we had -- a repository of the group's knowledge and understanding, which could be constantly edited and refined by the members as we learn more, of the incredibly rich and deep field of orthography that Real Spelling has opened up to us. It could also be an index to the Toolbox, and a place for students and teachers to post matrices, webs, and word sums for others to add to and comment on. For the first year or two, no one contributed to it, so we took it down. But if anyone gets interested, we'd be glad to put it back up again.
  • The Blogs provide an opportunity for anyone who is interested, adults or students, to post articles, thoughts, teaching techniques, experiences, and investigations on a semi-regular, ongoing basis. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like your own blog, or if you'd like a group blog, perhaps with fellow teachers at your school, or with your students. There are also links to existing related blogs in the top menu.
  • The Resources section is a place where members can post links, articles, documents, videos, references, slideshows, pictures, lesson plans, or anything else that might be of use to other Real Spellers.
  • Read our Tips for Posting.
  • Read A Word About Site Security.

According to the OED, the word "speller" has several meanings appropriate to this site and endeavour. They are:

  • A preacher, a person who preaches or advocates a particular message, doctrine, practice; a person who exhorts others earnestly.
  • A person who advocates or inculcates something by speech or writing; a person who, or thing which, imparts a lesson or commends an attitude.
  • A seeker after something.
  • One who spells, or spells out, words; one having a specified proficiency in spelling.

Click this thumbnail to read the Speller's Charter.


This site is maintained by Matt. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions, comments, and suggestions.

Real Speller 2.0.

Dear Real Spellers,

It was necessary to do a major software upgrade to the site, which entailed the necessity of moving to a new commenting system, as the old one has, alas, been abandoned by its creator. There really was no choice about this. As with so much software these days, and upgrade was really in many ways a downgrade, and I am trying to compensate for lost functionality as best I can. It's pretty frustrating.

I have done my best to cobble together a solution that would preserve all the old comments while giving the ability to post new comments in the simplest way possible. I hope it is all pretty self-explanatory but, if not, let me know and I'll try to explain, or perhaps post some new instructional videos.

While I was at it, I thought it was long past time for a refresh of the look of the site, which had gotten rather stale and old-fashioned. I have tried for something that is clean and simple, but unfortunately, I am not a visual designer. If any of you are good at visual design and/or web typography and want to send me some suggestions for improvement, I'd be glad to consider them.

This has been a pretty major project, and has taken me some hundreds of hours spread over the last six months. As with any major upgrade like this one, there are bound to be glitches and things that don't work. Please just let me know and be patient, and I'll fix them as soon as I can. If you posted an article or comment in the last couple of weeks, it may not have made it to the new site. If so, just repost, or let me know and I'll find it in the old site, which I have preserved for now, just in case.

I hope you all continue to find the site useful.


Tips for Posting

Posting and editing articles and comments should be pretty straightforward, but here are a few tips to help you out. Please feel free to add to these tips. You can also find some videos about various aspects in the Resources/Videos section of this site.

  1. Remember, in order to post you must be a registered user and be logged in.
  2. To add a new article
    1. Go to any section and click on the New Topic button.
    2. Before you save, scroll down below the editing box and choose a Section and Category (if you don't, it will remind you).
    3. Optional: you can put in an Author Alias if you like. If you don't, it will just use your Username
    4. IMPORTANT: Leave all the other settings alone.
    5. When editing, hover your mouse over any button to see what it does.
    6. NEVER leave editing by closing the window or going to another page: ALWAYS click on Save or Cancel first.
    7. NEVER paste your text directly from Word -- if you have composed in Word, please use the Paste from Word button to strip out all the garbage code that Word always inserts invisibly. The button looks like this: PasteFromWord
  3. Angle brackets (<>), which are so important to Orthography, can produce funny results on computers, as they are also used by html. Here's how to deal with them.
    1. Go ahead and use them, but, if you use an open bracket (<), always be sure to use a close bracket (>) too.
    2. Always make the content between the brackets bold. DO NOT MAKE THE BRACKETS THEMSELVES BOLD, JUST THE CONTENT IN BETWEEN THEM!
    3. If you go back in to edit an article with angle brackets, they have a tendency to disappear when you save. We are working on a solution to this, but in the meantime:
      1. Select the text in between the brackets and make it Bold. This seems to prevent them from disappearing. Thanks, Melvyn, for figuring that one out.
  4. The system automatically logs you out after about an hour, and there's no visible sign of this until you try to Save. This can cause you to lose your work, which is very frustrating.
    1. For longer posts, create and edit them in another program, then paste into the edit box. Always use the Text button TextButton to paste your text -- it gets rid of the invisible garbage that other programs, especially Word, produce.
    2. ALWAYS copy all of your text from the edit box to the clipboard before saving, just in case -- that way you'll still have it on your clipboard if something goes wrong.
    3. Or, even better, compose you text in another program (any text editor will do, though Word tends to introduce garbage that you then have to delete).
  5. To include pictures:
    1. Click the Insert/Edit Image button InsertImagebutton.
    2. Click on the name of folder on the left where your picture should go.folders
    3. Click the Upload button on the right. upload1
    4. Click the Add button. add
    5. Choose your picture and Open.
    6. Click the Upload button. upload2
    7. Close the Upload box.
    8. Click on the name of the picture you just uploaded, then click Insert.
    9. Note: if you want the text to wrap around the picture, choose left or right alignment from the dropdown Alignment dropdown before you click Insert.
  6. To include matrices (video on creating matrices in Mac Pages) or (video on how to create a matrix on the site) or (just make it on the Mini-Matrix Maker):
    1. One way to do it is just to paste in a jpeg of a matrix (see instructions above for including pictures) that you create either in the Mini-Matrix Maker, Pages, Word, Excel, or Google Sheets. The trouble with this is that it is not searchable, and others will not be able to edit it or add to it.
    2. To make an editable, searchable matrix (video on how to create a matrix on the site):
      1. Click the Insert Table button insertTable
      2. Set the number of rows and columns you want to start with (you can always add more later).
      3. Set the width to 100%.
      4. Click insert.
      5. Click inside any cell to add text. The columns will resize as you add text to make it fit.
      6. If you need another row, click the little arrow button to add it above or below AddRowBe careful, as the little button in the middle deletes the row (of course, you and always Undo). Alternatively, there are also Add and Delete Row buttons to the right of the Insert Table button.
      7. If you need another column, click the little arrow button to add it to the left or right addColumnBe careful, as the little button in the middle deletes the row (of course, you and always Undo). Alternatively, there are also Add and Delete Column buttons to the right of the Insert Table button.
      8. To merge two cells together, drag to select the cells (make sure the cursor is not inside either of them before you start), then click the Merge Cells button MergeCells.
  7. To add a PDF or other document for others to download:
    1. Use the directions for adding a picture (above) but with these minor differences:
    2. Use a different button to start -- the Link button link, rather than the picture button.
    3. Then click on the Browse button browse and proceed as with a picture.
    4. Be sure to put the document in the Docs folder.
      There is, by the way, a built-in size limit -- if you exceed it, you'll get a message, in which case just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he'll upload it for you.
  8. To add keywords
    1. The system will allow users to search for any word in your article.
    2. If you want them to be able to find your article based on other words, put these words in the Keywords field at the bottom of the Edit Article page.
  9. To post your article
    1. Look below the Edit box.
    2. Choose the proper Section and Category.
    3. Click Yes for Published, and NO for Show on Front Page.
    4. If you are editing an already-published article, delete anything in the Start Publishing box.
    5. Hit Save.
    6. If you are new to posting articles, your article will not appear on the site until an Admin approves it. After you post a few articles, you will be bumped up to Publisher, and won't have to be approved any more.
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