[OS X TeX] edit spell check dictionary
cpugh at math.toronto.edu
Sat Jan 2 15:39:16 EST 2010
Thanks for the suggestions. I had never opened a binary. "Somewhat
encoded" is an understatement. I'd hoped to find a list of words and
prune it. That doesn't look possible currently.
Another idea. A while ago, was there not a feature of some email
programs alerting the writer about being too angry? Bad words were to
be flagged. I didn't use the feature, just vaguely remember reading
about it. As an add-on to a spell checker it might do what I want.
Newspaper writers could certainly use an "affect" versus "effect" flag.
Is there a place at Apple to make such a suggestion? The Mac forums
there seem mainly designed for belly-aching.
Best, Charles Pugh
On 2-Jan-10, at 11:19 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
> Am 02.01.2010 um 16:14 schrieb Herbert Schulz:
>> The problem is that he wants to do the reverse of the usual
>> behavior. He doesn't want to add a new word to the spell checker
>> but rather remove a word (fro---as in `to and fro') from the
>> spelling dictionary so it gets flagged as an error. I don't see a
>> way of negating a word already in the dictionary.
> Ah, I understand now: the "fro" is already in the default system's
> dictionary! (And was not added by the user.) The directories /System/
> contain only binary, i.e., somehow encoded, dictionaries and a DAT
> file which probably has rules by which a word is constructed from
> its stem form...
> So Charles has three options: Snow Leopard, or a different speller,
> free or shareware or commercial, or trying to choose another setup/
> language choice – maybe with some help from Apple via their Bug
> And an experimental choice: renaming any of the bindict* files in /
> English.lproj to possibly get rid of this word "fro." Which would
> make it necessary to kill the service and restart it afterwards, for
> example by logging off and in again, or using the command line...
> The day Microsoft makes something that doesn't suck is the day they
> start selling vacuum cleaners.
> – Ernest Jan Plugge
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