After the Deadline - Proofreading for the Web
After the Deadline is a software service that checks the spelling, style, and grammar of documents submitted to it. It uses AI (neural networks, NLP) and context to provide accurate spelling suggestions, detect misused homophones, and avoid grammar/style suggestions that make no sense.
After the Deadline has front-end support for TinyMCE, CKEditor, and jQuery. We've used these components to add this technology to WordPress, Firefox, and Google Chrome.
After the Deadline processes well over a million documents each week.
I started in July 08 with PolishMyWriting.com. My goal was to make a free style checker for the web. Style checking software takes correct writing and cleans it up. PolishMyWriting.com didn't get very far but it received good feedback from those who tried it.
In Sept 08, I decided to work on making my style checker into a plugin for various web applications. My vision was to bring this technology where people are writing (what a novel concept). I worked part-time on it while finishing my graduate degree.
After the Deadline was a full-time effort from Jan 09 - July 09. During this time I worked on using neural networks to make a smarter spell checker, using language models to find exceptions to grammar and style rules, and detecting misused words.
I was approached by Automattic in July 09. We made a deal where they bought the After the Deadline IP and I came to join them as a full-time engineer to continue my work on After the Deadline.
Since joining Automattic I've optimized the service for speed (it's very fast), made the system smarter by introducing more data, improved the misused homophone detection using trigrams, spoken at several events and conferences, open sourced the back-end, and worked on adding more languages to AtD. Somewhere in here I also did a lot of work on the front-end components as well.
Introduction at WordCamp SF (May 10)
Demonstration at WordCamp NYC (Nov 09)
The Design of a Proofreading Software Service, CL&W Workshop at NAACL HLT (Jun 10)
Technical Talk on AtD at Washington, DC PHP Meetup (Dec 09)
AtD for WordPress.com (my favorite screencast)
AtD for Firefox
AtD for Google Chrome
- WordPress Weekly Episode 80 - Interview with Raphael Mudge
- From Rejection to Acquisition in One Year: One Startup's Story (SUN Startup Blog)
- After the Deadline (Michigan Tech Magazine, Winter 09-10)