[OS X TeX] Spell Check in TeXShop?

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Thu Mar 16 06:15:01 EST 2006

On 16.03.2006, at 12:09, Bruno Voisin wrote:

> Le 16 mars 06 à 11:02, Jérôme Laurens a écrit :
>> Le 14 mars 06, à 22:48, Bruno Voisin a écrit :
>>> Unfortunately not. Similarly it's very inconvenient in Mail to  
>>> have to switch dictionaries manually all day long, when writing  
>>> indifferently messages in several languages (in my case two:  
>>> French and English).
>> Pages can use different dictionaries/languages in the same document.
>> So this is perfectly possible with OS X to do such a thing.
>> The Pages user is expected to add a language attribute to any part  
>> of the text.
>> This language attribute is stored in the file.
>> Doing such a thing is not possible with mail, because the mail  
>> file format does not authorize it.
>> It is not a limitation of Mac OS X, but a limitation on the mail  
>> system.
> Sorry, I'd been unclear. What I referred to wasn't being unable to  
> use multiple dictionaries within the same email message, but having  
> to switch dictionaries constantly through the Spelling panel when  
> writing one message in French, then one in English, then another in  
> French, and so forth.
> The problem here (IMO) isn't the functionality, but the interface:  
> it would be nice to have a keyboard shortcut to switch between  
> dictionaries, in the same way as Cmd-Space rotates between Input  
> Methods (ie French keyboard, Numerical French keyboard, American  
> keyboard etc.) in the International pref panel and menu; otherwise  
> you have to navigate through Edit > Spelling > Spelling... (or use  
> Cmd-:) -- no this isn't a smiley --, then select the appropriate  
> dictionary in the Dictionary pull-down menu.

That would be nice. Something I'd also like to see is the ability to  
sync personal dictionaries among different machines via .Mac. I even  
mailed the author of CocoaSpell about this, but he didn't react.

Anyway, this is definitely an area where Apple can and should improve.


Simon Spiegel
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