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Automattic Acquires After the Deadline for Better Spealing
Automattic, makers of the popular blogging platform WordPress, have announced the acquisition of After the Deadline today. After the Deadline has created a contextual spelling and grammar checker. Financial terms of the acquisition were not released. Raphael Mudge, After the Deadline founder, has a post about the acquisition and the steps that led up to the eventual deal. Raphael talks about being rejected from YCombinator, comparisons to Microsoft spellcheckers and the “misused word” detection.
Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg has a post detailing the spelling and grammar checker including his note that 1.4 million blog posts were published on wordpress.com blogs last week (the number only includes wp.com hosted blogs and not self-hosted blogs like CenterNetworks). Matt says he was “blown away” after looking at After the Deadline especially after learning just one person created the tool.
If you run a self-hosted WordPress blog, you can download the spell checker as a plugin. Now there is absoutelly no reeson to spull a post wring.