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hlewis1
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Is there a setting to turn off spell check for a spelling test?

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I would like to be able to have the students do their spelling test as a quiz, but spell check keeps red lining the words. Is there a setting to make the students spell the words correctly?

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James
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 @hlewis1 ,

I watched the InstructureCon presentation by Jason Sparks on Quizzes.Next called  earlier today. At 28:10 in the video, he is showing a "spell check" checkbox. It's confusing in the video because he said "I can disable spell check" but then he checked the box, which sounds backwards.

Anyway, I was thinking about this question that came up the other day and I finally got around to looking it back up. For a long time, we have all been of the opinion that you can't disable spell check because Canvas doesn't offer spell check, it's something that is built into the browser.

That said, I did some looking and the HTML5 standard offers a spellcheck attribute that can be used to enable or disable spell checking. You can set a default value, which depends on whether it's specified on the html, textarea, input, or some other element, but the video showed it being a per-question setting, meaning that some question could have it and some may not.

It also comes with a warning.

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

When you check that table, the basic support is there in Chrome, Firefox since 2.0, Internet Explorer (presumably Edge as well), Opera, and Safari. It shows broad support on the caniuse.com website as well. That means that it's pretty well supported for a long time now and not really so experimental, but whatever ...

So the answer is that there not currently a setting that you can use within Canvas to disable the spell check, but that it should be coming with Quizzes.Next.

For the time being, it would require the addition of custom JavaScript by your Canvas administrator to disable the spell checker and that would most likely be a blanket decision for the entire account or sub-account since the infrastructure isn't currently in place to disable it on a more granular level. That might be added if you were self-hosted and had dedicated programmers, but it looks like Carmel Clay Schools is hosted by Instructure. If that is the case, then it cannot be done yet is the answer (what a growth mindset statement), but be patient because it appears to be coming.

Edit: I did some testing in Chrome. I have not verified any of this beyond reading the documentation and watching Jason's video, so I don't know that this is the way that Canvas plans to implement it, but it makes sense.

Here is a screen shot of two essay questions. The first one set spellcheck="true" on the body of the Rich Content Editor iframe and the second one set spellcheck="false". Notice the red underline on the one where spellcheck is enabled.

254754_pastedImage_2.png

Right clicking and choosing spellcheck only configures the spellcheck, it does not allow you to run a spell check.

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abunag
Community Champion

spell checking actually isn't something Canvas is doing - it's the browser.  Each browser is different, and will have to be disabled for each computer separately, so it's best to google the instructions for your choice of browser to disable it.  Be aware this won't really work for users that are taking the test on their personal devices (phones, laptops, home computers).

rconroy
Instructure
Instructure

Hi there,  @hlewis1  a belated Welcome to the Community. Smiley Happy 

This isn't a Canvas setting so much as a Browser setting. If you're doing Face to Face learning, you'll have to have someone manually go into the computers and turn off the Spellcheck function based on the browser. 

How to Turn off Spell Check in Google Chrome

How to Turn off Spell Check in Mozilla Firefox

How to Turn off Spell Check in Edge

You could also consider getting around this by using an LTI like Quizlet. See Community resources like Using the Quizlet LTI‌ and this comment in the https://community.canvaslms.com/thread/6385 discussion. Smiley Happy 

Hope this helps!

James
Community Champion

 @hlewis1 ,

I watched the InstructureCon presentation by Jason Sparks on Quizzes.Next called  earlier today. At 28:10 in the video, he is showing a "spell check" checkbox. It's confusing in the video because he said "I can disable spell check" but then he checked the box, which sounds backwards.

Anyway, I was thinking about this question that came up the other day and I finally got around to looking it back up. For a long time, we have all been of the opinion that you can't disable spell check because Canvas doesn't offer spell check, it's something that is built into the browser.

That said, I did some looking and the HTML5 standard offers a spellcheck attribute that can be used to enable or disable spell checking. You can set a default value, which depends on whether it's specified on the html, textarea, input, or some other element, but the video showed it being a per-question setting, meaning that some question could have it and some may not.

It also comes with a warning.

This is an experimental technology
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future versions of browsers as the specification changes.

When you check that table, the basic support is there in Chrome, Firefox since 2.0, Internet Explorer (presumably Edge as well), Opera, and Safari. It shows broad support on the caniuse.com website as well. That means that it's pretty well supported for a long time now and not really so experimental, but whatever ...

So the answer is that there not currently a setting that you can use within Canvas to disable the spell check, but that it should be coming with Quizzes.Next.

For the time being, it would require the addition of custom JavaScript by your Canvas administrator to disable the spell checker and that would most likely be a blanket decision for the entire account or sub-account since the infrastructure isn't currently in place to disable it on a more granular level. That might be added if you were self-hosted and had dedicated programmers, but it looks like Carmel Clay Schools is hosted by Instructure. If that is the case, then it cannot be done yet is the answer (what a growth mindset statement), but be patient because it appears to be coming.

Edit: I did some testing in Chrome. I have not verified any of this beyond reading the documentation and watching Jason's video, so I don't know that this is the way that Canvas plans to implement it, but it makes sense.

Here is a screen shot of two essay questions. The first one set spellcheck="true" on the body of the Rich Content Editor iframe and the second one set spellcheck="false". Notice the red underline on the one where spellcheck is enabled.

254754_pastedImage_2.png

Right clicking and choosing spellcheck only configures the spellcheck, it does not allow you to run a spell check.

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