[OS X TeX] CocoAspel 2.0.2 is missing misspelled words

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Fri Mar 24 04:47:06 EST 2006

Le 24 mars 06 à 07:44, Bruno Voisin a écrit :

> As usual with Aspell, the available dictionaries are very poorly  
> documented; selecting one dictionary then hitting "About this  
> dictionary..." brings up very a uninformative copyright file, not  
> telling anything about what differentiates one dictionary from  
> another. The only info we get is that the standard English  
> dictionary was built with:
> en-common.rws
> en_US-wo_accents-only.rws
> en_GB-ise-wo_accents-only.rws
> while English [variant_0] was built with:
> en-variant_0.rws
> Thus it seems "English" and "English [varaiant_0]" are very  
> different from each other; what exactly the difference is, I've no  
> idea.

Well, looking at the source dictionaries <ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/ 
aspell/dict> then searching for the same information on my Mac, it  
appears dictionaries are installed at "/Library/Application Support/ 
cocoAspell/" and in particular that some info is available in the  
file "/Library/Application Support/cocoAspell/aspell6-en-6.0-0/doc/ 

> When combining the words lists the "english" spelling category should
> be used as well as one of "american", "british", "british_z" (british
> with ize spelling), or "canadian".  Great care has been taken so that
> that only one spelling for any particular word is included in the main
> list.  When two variants were considered equal I randomly picked one
> for inclusion in the main word list.  Unfortunately this means that my
> choice in how to spell a word may not match your choice.  If this is
> the case you can try including the "variant_0" spelling category which
> includes most variants which are considered almost equal.  The
> "variant_1" spelling category include variants which are also
> generally considered acceptable, and "variant_2" contains variants
> which are seldom used.

Thus it seems my pseudo-rant of this morning was simply a RTFM issue.

However, even after reading the above, it is still unclear to me  
whether the "English [variant_0]" dictionary can be used as a  
substitute for "English", or in addition to it, or even whether en- 
variant_0.rws must be used in combination with some other *.rws  
component to compile a fully functional (and missing) replacement for  
the default English dictionary.

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