[OS X TeX] cocoaspell and latex

Themis Matsoukas tmatsoukas at icloud.com
Fri Sep 21 06:13:36 EDT 2018

> On Sep 20, 2018, at 4:20 PM, Herbert Schulz <herbs at wideopenwest.com> wrote:
> Sigh... I get the same crash here. I guess I've never tried to change that before!
> Excalibur hasn't been updated in a very long time. It's still a Universal Binary; i.e., it still has PPC code mixed with 32 bit Intel code. Unless someone takes it up I expect it to completely die with macOS 10.5 (the one after Mojave). It also expects ASCII input and folks are moving over to UTF-8 Unicode at an accelerating rate.
> Even though cocoAspell is a 64 bit application it does have problems, as you've noticed, and can use updating too. I believe it depends upon an internal version `make` to build the dictionaries and that fails which seems to be the main reason for installation problems.
> In either case I believe someone (any volunteers?) needs to take them on, bring then up to date and fix bugs. I suspect Excalibur has such old code that it would need to be  re-created from the ground up.

I emailed the developed or Excalibur who said he has started a complete rewrite of the sotware but could not promise a timetable  for this project.

I agree with you, we are in a desperate need for a decent latex spell checker. 


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