[OS X TeX] Spell Check in TeXShop?
Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Wed Mar 15 07:34:32 EST 2006
Am 15.03.2006 um 12:41 schrieb Bruno Voisin:
> Did you install cocoAspell <http://cocoaspell.leuski.net/>?
Yes, of course, in /usr/local/lib/aspell-0.60 (170 files)! Including
French and German dictionaries ...
> If you did, it should have created, without any further action on
> your part, a Spelling pref panel in System Preferences. There, you
> have a Dictionaries tab allowing you to select aspell dictionaries
> for appearance in the Spelling panel of GUI OS X applications, and
> to select filters for each dictionary (including a TeX/LaTeX
> filter). You also have a Filters tab, allowing you to add/remove/
> modify commands for inclusion in the filters.
I even Germanised the PrefPane and sent it to Anton Leuski. Aspell
works in Emacs a little bit (does not understand UTF-8 or ISO 8859
encodings, too, I think, so it's useless here, too), but not from Mac
OS X, i.e. its Spelling Service (which is activated/invoked when I
send an eMail for example) nor from pressing Cmd-:. Checking one of
the aspell dictionaries in earlier versions of Tiger only brought
chaotic strings, now it completely disables the service. A reboot
cures this finally (maybe there are other means, too, but is it worth
to investigate them?).
Aspell seems to have another disadvantage: the process continues to
stay on! Ispell silently goes away when it has done its duty. My
personal dictionary is closed and save, nothing can happen to it
during a crash.
Then I have from this aspell service these personal dictionaries:
-rw-r--r-- 1 pete pete 24 15 Nov 16:44 /Users/pete/.aspell.de.prepl
-rw-r--r-- 1 pete pete 31 15 Nov 16:44 /Users/pete/.aspell.de.pws
-rw-r--r-- 1 pete pete 39 27 Mai 2005 /Users/
-rw-r--r-- 1 pete pete 257 27 Mai 2005 /Users/
The one I arranged in Emacs looks to be unused -- well, it most
probably is, or would I teach aspell words that are not from this
real world but aspell's mis-imagination?
And there are default configuration options like these (from 'spell
# run-together-limit (integer)
# maximum number that can be strung together
# default: 2
# run-together-min (integer)
# minimal length of interior words
# default: 3
A compound word has at least three shorter words but is limited in
length to only two such?! And a final newline is missing in the
Looking into ~/Library/Preferences/aspell.Spelling.plist I see
strange names, for example the "last-dictionary-selected" is
"de_DE--" -- I am sure that I don't have this one! Anton Leuski is a
person who does not communicate that much ... free, as in software or
beer, has too many meanings!
Honestly, I can not recommend the use of aspell. It's better to teach
the mess of Apple's spell service all the TeX and LaTeX words ...
It's not the valleys in life I dread so much as the dips.
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