[OS X TeX] Spell Check in TeXShop?

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Tue Mar 14 02:35:38 EST 2006

Le 14 mars 06 à 03:42, Jung-Tsung Shen a écrit :

> I have found out that the spellcheck feature of TeXShop (v 2.09) on my
> powerbook (MacOS X 10.4.5) is not very responsive. TeXShop didn't
> catch all the typos: sometimes if I spotted a typo myself and
> intentionally moved the cursor back and forth that word by keyboard,
> it triggered TeXShop and underscored the typo; for some other simple
> typos, however, TeXShop never caught them. Is there something wrong in
> my setup? Or, is there any way to make it more responsive? Or, should
> I use other spell checker?

I don't think TeXShop in itself does any spell checking: it uses the  
standard built-in OS X spell checker and dictionaries.

If you want (La)TeX-oriented spell checking, you can install  
cocoAspell <http://cocoaspell.leuski.net/>. Once installed, it can be  
configured via System Preferences where it appears as a Spelling pref  
panel. There, for example, you can enable the dictionaries than will  
become available to OS X applications (such as TeXShop), switch on  
and off filters for each dictionary (such as a LaTeX filter  
recognizing LaTeX commands such as \section as valid words, a HTML  
filter, and so forth), set options for these filters (such as adding  
new commands to those recognized as valid words by the LaTeX filter,  

Once cocoAspell is installed, OS X applications such as TeXShop will  
see new dictionaries in the Spelling panel, with " (Aspell)" suffix.  
For example, after enabling English and French dictionaries, I can  
see now in Mail new dictionaries in the Spelling panel, such as  
"English (United Kingdom) [ize-w_accents] (Aspell)" and "French  
(France) [80] (Aspell)", which both include LaTeX command filtering.

An alternative solution is to use the stand-alone Excalibur spell  
checker <http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~excalibr/excalibur.html>.

Hope this helps,

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