However, it is not always the case that the spelling or grammar checker catches my mistakes. Here are two recent whoppers that have served to make me a bit more conscientious.
Ric: Do you know of any docs that talk to the use of Regular expressions in Oracle SQL other than the docs?
Me: Jonathan Gennick wrote a small O'Reilly book on Regular Expressions. I hate it and it does a good job.
...Click Send and then look at what I just typed and realize "Oops!"...
Me (again about 2 seconds later): That last response should have read "I haVe it and it does a good job", not "I haTe it". :)
Ric: Well that made me laugh this morning!! LOL!!
OK...that wasn't too bad, but still! What if I hadn't caught that and had sent it out to a large distribution?!?!? Yeesh...
I had written a fairly lengthy response to explain something to a group of folks that had attended a meeting with me. After several paragraphs of explanation, I ended the email as follows:
I hope this helps clear things up. Let me know if you need any further information.
A few minutes later I received this response:
Your detailed explanation was very helpful. However, I'd suggest you remember that the letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard.
It seriously took me a minute to get what he meant. But when I noticed the error, I was horrified! How embarrassing! I've now added an auto-signature option and will never end an email using the phrase "Regards" again. :)