# [OS X TeX] Macro(s) for using Excalibur with TeXShop?

Sun Jul 13 12:20:49 EDT 2014

I hope you don’t want a spellchecker to automatically scan and correct a document. That’s dangerous. Not only do you have the usual problem of not finding an error because the typo is an actual word (i.e., not suggesting that “dene” should be the intended “dense” because “dene” is actually a real English word), but a typo can be changed to something unintended. Automatic spell correction in OCR software is notorious for the latter: OCR created editions of classic old novels have been known to make “corrections" to badly scanned words by substituting absurdities such as “WiFi”.

Although I use BBEdit for writing and editing, I do spell checking with the Ispell utility within Aquamacs. It’s not lightning fast, but it will spell check beginning wherever I set the cursor, unlike Excalibur, and I avoid a lot of problems in the matter before \begin{document}. It also has a grammar feature that I haven’t yet explored.

Richard Séguin

On Jul 13, 2014, at 10:28 AM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:

> Howdy,
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> I have always used CoCoAspell as my LaTeX-aware Spellchecker. Once set up it works seamlessly through the Apple Spelling system in TeXShop.
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> I'd like to add a section on Spell Checking to TeXShop Tips & Tricks' and I know many folks out there use Excalibur as their LaTeX-aware Spellchecker. I assume that many of those folks use a work flow with  a TeXShop Macro set up to save a file, have Excalibur process that file and then re-open'' the processed file in TeXShop but I certainly may be wrong. Can folks that use Excalibur let me know how they work with it?
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> Are there any other LaTeX-aware spell checkers out there that folks are using (e.g., aspell by itself)? If so, what work flow is being used?
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> PS: CoCoAspell hasn't been updated in a long time and, with each release of a new OS I am afraid it will stop working at all. So far I've only had to re-install it once; when I switched from a PPC to and Intel machine quite a few years ago. I'd hate to lose it!
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> Good Luck,
>
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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