Version 1.2.0 of the Editorial Style Guide and Grammar Checker WordPress plugin is out now, which includes the following updates:
- A new “Split Infinitives” check to detect phrases like “to quickly finish”, “to really pull”, or the infamous “to boldly go”. While split infinitives can sometimes lead to a clumsy sentence, they are not always considered bad style in modern writing. Luckily with the Editist plugin, you can choose whether or not to enable the check.
- For premium plugin users, a new “Minimum Word Count” option. It is widely thought that Google and other search engines will only index pages with over a minimum number of words of unique content – though the minimum number of words is still up for debate, with guesses from 250 to 700. With this new plugin feature, you can choose a minimum number of words to target for content, and warn if the threshold is not reached.
- Finally, we’ve fixed a few problems that could cause the inline highlights to be positioned incorrectly. Please let us know if you see any other problems with highlights appearing in the wrong location, and we’ll aim to fix the issues as quickly as possible.
We have a long list of ideas for future features, but we’d love to hear from you. What’s important for your automated style guide and grammar checks? Should we branch out and add more features that also address Search Engine Optimization concerns, like we’ve started to do with inline image requirements and minimum word count? Let us know so we can make the plugin everything you’d like it to be.