[OS X TeX] Open Testing of MacTeX Distribution

Jan Hegewald j.hegewald at tu-bs.de
Sat Oct 8 07:55:00 EDT 2005

Am 07.10.2005 um 11:59 schrieb Simon Spiegel:

> On 07.10.2005, at 01:47, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> Howdy,
>> I've been asked to pass on the following information and a request  
>> for folks willing to test the distribution. This MacTeX  
>> distribution will be on the TeX Live 2005 DVD.
> A question: I see that you're bundling Excalibur. I don't know this  
> app but from a short look at its website it looks this hasn't been  
> updated for quite some time. Any particular reason why you ship  
> this and not CocoASpell which is also suited for LaTeX and gets  
> constantly updated? Is Excalibur better?

Excalibur is a standalone app, one can open .tex documents and spell- 
check them, then save the document (spell-checking the clipboard is  
also possible). Whereas CocoASpell extends the spell-checking  
capabilities of other editors, e.g. allowing you to spell-check as  
you type.
In my experience Excalibur is much more robust when spell-checking  
LaTeX documents.
As already mentioned, one can enable different dictionaries at the  
same time.
Nevertheless I use CocoAspell, because this way I can use the same  
dictionary in every editor e.g. iTeXMac and Mail. Theoretically a  
text editor can make use of Excalibur via the Word Services suite  
(note: this is not what Apple calls Services) but alas, very few  
applications support this (I know only BBEdit and Eudora).

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