When working with text, you cannot rely on “innate” literacy. Even connoisseurs are prone to mistakes. The same goes for people who write. Sometimes there is a banal typo in the material, which in some situations can no longer be corrected: on VKontakte, the text is edited within 24 hours. But it is more pleasant when the note is initially written correctly and in the comments users will not indicate grammatical errors. Therefore, the text needs to be rechecked.
Sometimes authors believe that no services are needed for the text and there is no need to check it. They say that you cannot test harmony and beauty with a ruler and algebra. But not everything that the author considers harmonious and correct will be so. In addition, there are a number of services that will simply correct word mistakes and add missing commas. After all, even if the author thinks that the text should be with the author’s punctuation and spelling, it is better if it is correctly written according to the rules of the Russian language.
In some publications, the rule of “three proofs” applies: first the author reads the material, then two more editors. This method helps to reduce the number of errors, but does not eliminate them. But it often happens that there is no one to check the text or there is no time for this. Automated services help. But mistakes are not ruled out either.
Spell checking services
In an ideal universe, texts are written without mistakes, and read in one breath. In reality, we are pressed for deadlines, there is no time to carefully read. We have collected the most useful services that help you get rid of unnecessary text.
“Gramota.ru” helps to check a single word or to remember the rules of the Russian language. The service runs a word or expression through a spelling dictionary, specifies stress, synonyms and antonyms, as well as methodological terms, if any.
If in doubt about the spelling of an expression, then check the difficult phrase in the game “Comma” from the site “Konorama”. The service will also prompt punctuation and show examples where the expression is used.
LanguageTool checks grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. The program takes into account 618 rules of the Russian language. The service offers fix options. In order not to constantly open the tab with the program, install the extension for the Google Chrome and FireFox browsers.
However, it doesn’t work perfectly. It’s better to check the spelling in it after all. The arrow in the picture shows that he did not notice one of 2 simple commas.
In emotional texts, adverb and participle turnovers are a frequent occurrence. It’s not easy to check spelling there. But in some cases just such posts and articles are needed. When exactly they will come in handy – read in the article “Some people like it hot: the structure of an emotional text.”
The “Spelling” project coped better with the task of checking the text. The service showed punctuation and stylistic errors. Plus, it checks spelling and grammar.
However, only 6,000 characters can be checked in the free version. When this limit ends, only a paid check will be available. The tariffs are small, you can choose unlimited for a month or by the number of characters. The maximum cost is 1 ruble per 1000 characters. The larger the volume, the lower the cost.
When you have checked the text for spelling and punctuation errors, “clean” the text from verbal debris.
A good test for checking the quality of the text is the Turgenev service. It helps to find stylistically complex constructions, too long or complex sentences, shows verbal rubbish and unnecessary words. But remember that this is still an algorithm, not a person. Sometimes even stop words fit perfectly into the text and make it smoother.
The creators of “Turgenev” say that it is worth listening to their service, but not trying to make the text perfect from the point of view of this algorithm alone.
If there are many repetitions in the text, replace the words with synonyms. One of the convenient services is Synonymizer. It is useful when there is an unintentional tautology in the text. It will also help expand your vocabulary.
Irreplaceable assistant to the writing person – “Glavred”. Finds stop words, ambiguities, generalizations and other things that are included in the concept of “information style”, about which we wrote in the blog. The service has two tabs – “Clean” and “Readability”. The service rated this text 8.8 out of 10 for cleanliness and 9.3 for readability.
“Glavred” perfectly shows unnecessary pronouns, participles and too weak verbs. He sees cliches, common phrases, stop words, inappropriate and unnecessary generalizations. You can check it endlessly for free on both tabs. After checking, the text becomes much cleaner and more pleasant.
Stamps are always bad. As well as bureaucratic insertions. A person does not understand anything about them, so it is better to get rid of them. How to find them, neutralize them and learn not to use them at all – read the article “How to write informative texts? About stamps and bureaucrats. “
It should be remembered that these are also algorithms that sometimes underestimate the ratings only because the text justifiably uses words and concepts that are “suspicious” in the opinion of the service. For example, in the text about subsidiary liability and the main debtor, he will highlight these concepts and consider them incorrect.
The Istio service does an excellent job of checking different text parameters.
He is good at looking for template phrases, can determine water content and parasitic words, and finds spelling errors. Can determine the topic of the text, analyze the keys and create a cloud map from the words that are most common in the text.
Another good service for checking individual words and phrases is Yandex.Speller. He constantly learns from machine learning techniques, helps to correct even heavily distorted words. Considers context when checking for errors.
This text validation tool can be embedded into your site through the API. Works for free.
The service checks for uniqueness using Yandex algorithms, detects nausea, indicates grammatical errors and the percentage of water content in the text.
If necessary, you can even copy the link to the test results and transfer it to the customer. Unregistered users can only check a thousand characters at a time. The registered ones have a higher limit – 10 thousand characters per check.
Services for typesetting text
Count the number of characters and remove double spaces using the “SignReader”. You can also remove duplicate spaces in a text editor: replace “” with “” – and you will be happy.
Also, through this service, you can find out how much time it will take to read the entire text, what keys are in it, how many commas, spaces and other things.
Make beautiful quotes – change “” to “” – “Typographer” Artemy Lebedev. The service has only two buttons: “Clear” and “Print”. It also replaces a dash with a hyphen.
Using “Typograf” is free for everyone and unlimited. You can insert any text.
Bonus services for working with text
The tool for checking the readability of the text Readability determines how comfortable it is to read the material. The service uses five readability formulas to evaluate it: the Flesch-Kincaid formula, the Coleman-Liau index, the automatic Readability Index, SMOG, and the Dale-Cheil formula. There are two ways to check: insert a link to the site or text into the window. The application also counts the number of words and syllables per sentence and the percentage of complex words from the total. The service rated this paragraph as a text for schoolchildren from 15 to 16 years old.
Workflowy helps to write the complex structure of a text or document. The developers have built a tagging system into the tool, export to text and HTML. There is a possibility of joint work on lists and a mobile application. To use it, you will have to register, but immediately after registration, detailed instructions on how to use the service will appear. True, in English.
The Analizpisem.ru service finds words in the material that correspond to emotions, and makes assumptions about the state of mind of the author of the text. A kind of psychological test based on a person’s text.
Instead of output
Developers offer authors a wide variety of tools and services for checking, improving and marking up texts. New ones appear quite often. Each service has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Each of these services is good in its own way, but you should not blindly trust the machine. If deadlines are pending, check the text the next day and invite colleagues to read it. The services are checked quite well, but they are still far from a person.
SMMplanner does a great job with deferred posting of the read texts. The tool helps to adapt to the formats of posts on social networks, which, together with good language, gives an excellent result.
The article has been updated. First published May 2, 2017