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After the Deadline


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After the Deadline uses artificial intelligence to check spelling, style, and grammar in WordPress.


  • After the Deadline in the Visual Editor.
  • After the Deadline in the HTML Editor.


Upload the After the Deadline plugin to your blog, Activate it, and Enjoy!

  • Note: make sure After the Deadline is in a folder named “after-the-deadline”. This is necessary for it to work.


I want to use After the Deadline’s technology in a project, what are your terms?

After the Deadline (including the backend) is open source. You can get the GPL server code at LGPL
front-end resources are available on the AtD Developer Resources page.

Does this plugin work with WordPress-MU?

Yes. You no longer need an API key either. Just enable it as a site-wide plugin. Settings are stored on a per user basis.

Can I help translate this plugin?

Yes! See our call for volunteers. Leave a comment on the same thread if you’d like us to add your language. Translation moderation help is appreciated too.

How do I ask a question?

Great question! Visit After the Deadline support and ask.

If you want to ask your question publicly, visit the Plugins and Hacks Support Forum and write your
message there. Tag your message with after-the-deadline to make sure I see it.

Contributors & Developers

“After the Deadline” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“After the Deadline” has been translated into 1 locale. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “After the Deadline” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.


1 Jun 12

  • After the Deadline is now part of Jetpack. Please get Jetpack now to continue receiving updates.

29 Jul 10

  • Proofreading in the HTML editor no longer renders your HTML.
  • The unignore/ignore feature now escapes tags (thanks to [sing]mike adams, Mike Adams, MIKE ADAMS[/sing] for patching this).
  • Added additional escaping to the config options

24 Mar 10

  • Fixed two cases of parent variable polution (two for loops not declaring their vars)
  • Fixed bug preventing subsequent occurences of one error (w/ the same context) from highlighting
  • Error highlighter now uses beginning of word boundary to accurately find error location in text
  • Fixed bug preventing misspelled words in single quotes from being highlighted
  • Updated translations for pt, fr
  • Added translations for de, es, it, ja, pl, and ru

15 Feb 10, pt 2

  • Fixed a bug where AtD style checker preferences were ignored causing AtD to show every error.

15 Feb 10

  • Removed API key requirement.
  • Added proofreading support for French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish
  • AtD/jQuery code (HTML Proofreader) is now jQuery 1.4 compat
  • Fixed an error highlighting issue
  • Added translations for Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese, French, Finnish, Bosnian, and Persian. You can help translate too
  • Fixed double quotes in an ignore string breaking AtD

14 Jan 10

  • Changed constant undefined to null.

13 Jan 10

  • Updated AtD plugin to make it ready for localization
  • Fixed many many bugs in HTML Proofreader
  • Visual Editor and HTML Proofreader now share code for common tasks (less bugs, more consistency, smaller download)

11 Dec 09

  • AtD now takes care to load its JS and CSS on appropriate admin pages (other admin pages are untouched) [Contributed by: Mohammad Jangda]
  • Added option to auto-run AtD before a post and warn you if there are errors [Contributed by: Mohammad Jangda]
    — Go to your user profile to enable this, it’s disabled by default
  • AtD now checks if fsockopen exists, if it doesn’t it notifies you that AtD won’t work.
  • AtD checks if API key is a API key and offers an error message to clear up the confusion (this should stop the emails I get about this :))
  • Fixed a bug that (in rare cases) caused an error to highlight the wrong text
  • AtD now checks for an ATD_KEY constant before asking for an API key. WPMU users can set ATD_KEY in wp-config.php for all users on their site.
  • AtD also checks for ATD_HOST and ATD_PORT constants. You can define these if you’re running your own AtD server want the plugin to talk to that instead.

27 Nov 09

  • Removed a check that disables the AtD options when the visual editor is disabled

26 Nov 09

  • Fixed a bug preventing HTML Editor Proofread function from working when WordPress is installed into a subfolder of the domain. Thanks Chip for sticking this one out with me.

10 Nov 09

  • Added new style checker option (disabled by default) to restore diacritical marks and accented characters in words.
  • Fixed an issue causing errors with AtD/HTML Editor when trying to spellcheck text with pretty typography
  • ‘Edit Selection’ menu in AtD/HTML Editor keeps the error highlight if cancel was selected
  • AtD now does a better job detecting when no errors were highlighted and alerting you to it.

3 Nov 09

  • Added AtD support for the HTML Editor. Click the “proofread” button to check your writing.
  • Updates to TinyMCE plugin to prevent highlighted errors from stepping on eachother
  • AtD ignored phrases now show up on profile in IE6

9 Oct 09

  • Fixed a bug in IE causing immediate space after an error to be eaten (in some cases)

6 Oct 09

  • Fixed a bug preventing the second of two-like errors in the same span from getting highlighted.

21 Sept 09

  • Changed editor plugin to avoid namespace conflicts with Javascript when storing error precontext and strings.

14 Sept 09

  • AtD/ now works with WordPress blogs configured to use SSL in the admin area. Special thanks to Alex Rodriguez
    who patiently worked with me to track this bug down.
  • removed atd.css and made the TinyMCE plugin load the button.

10 Sept 09

  • Fixed an issue with bold/italic stripped in Safari and object (YouTube embeds) tag stripped in other browsers

8 Sept 09

  • small update to the TinyMCE editor plugin, fixes a rarely occuring bug where some suggestions weren’t highlighted.

6 Sept 09

I’m still learning how to program, jumping from BASIC to JavaScript is tough–here are the things fixed this time:

  • Fixed an issue preventing errors with hyphens not being highlighted
  • Empty span tags created by cutting and pasting AtD marked text in Firefox are removed.
    IE has the good sense to not transfer these tags. Safari can’t be helped as it creates
    a span tag with inline styling.
  • Fixed an issue preventing some errors from being highlighted in certain situations.

4 Sept 09

  • Fixed a bug that caused a fatal error in some cases

3 Sept 09

  • Major updates. Note that most errors are now optional and disabled by default. Visit your user profile (/wp-admin/profile.php) to update your After the Deadline options.

17 Jun 09

  • Added hack to make sure AtD tags are stripped. My apologies for this bug.

The good news–install this update and all your old posts will be free of AtD tags
when displayed.

15 May 09

  • Updated TinyMCE plugin to something more sane.
  • Small cosmetic change to the AtD toolbar icon
  • Added the ability to quickly ignore/unignore phrases.

13 Mar 09

  • Removed use of reference in foreach (PHP 5.0 only feature?)
    Fixes: Parse error: parse error, unexpected ‘&’, expecting T_VARIABLE or ‘$’

2 Mar 09

  • Removed curl dependence