Typos Script to Generate Misspellings
I was thinking about misspellings recently and wanted to put together a small PHP script that will generate typos from a given word. The idea is based around typos being generated based on proximity of other letters or numbers next to the correct character on a keyboard. There are other ways to think about misspellings, but it makes sense that most typos occur as a result of a user accidentally pressing the wrong key. So, we just create an array for each key, which has all the surrounding keys, and then use these arrays in a loop which replaces characters in a string with other characters that are close in proximity on the keyboard.
I wanted to do this server side so I wrote the script in PHP. Here is the code:
Finally, here is the online demo of the PHP Typos Generator. A different way to think about misspellings would be to look at commonly misspelled words, lists of typos, and do a search and replace on these words.