[OS X TeX] How do people handle spellchecking in different languages

Gilles Serasset Gilles.Serasset at imag.fr
Mon Sep 27 16:57:17 CEST 2004


Hi all,

Well that's réellement a very wunderbar nouvelle...

(Note that's this sentence is now orthographically correct according to 
my spell checker...)

Let's take adress for example... not an error, but do I mean address 
(as in English) or adresse (as in French) or do I really mean adress 
(as in Lombard or Swedish(?)).

For a more "intelligent" solution, even if you are using \setlanguage 
{} a correct selection of the spell checking dictionary may be very 
difficult as your \setlanguage may be part of a more complicated macro 
and frontends like TeXShop/iTeXMac will not/should not go into such 
details...

Another idea, should be to use special form of comment to force the 
language of a part of the document, but this is only possible for whole 
lines of texts.. and I don't even know if it is possible to locally 
change the spell checking language of the Mac OS X spell checker.

Well, this was in fact one of the great thing of omega, as it was 
apparently possible to attach external actions handled during the 
typesetting and to produce a "spell-checked" version of your pdf (as 
spell checking took place at the very last time after all macro 
expansion, the language was always known at that time).

Gilles,

On 24 sept. 04, at 19:39, Bob Kerstetter wrote:

> Okay.
>
> Open a new document.  Select Multilingual spelling as Hugh describes 
> below.
>
> Type:  This is my colour. What is your color?
>
> Check spelling and everything is spelled correctly.
>
> Switch from Multilingual to English spelling. (Apple, of course meant 
> so say American English. Right?) =:O
>
> Check spelling and "colour" comes up wrong. So there is a not so 
> colourful color test.
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sep 24, 2004, at 12:14 PM, Hugh Neary wrote:
>
>> I found this snippet on a Mac website:
>>
>> begin{quote}
>> "Guillaume" offered the solution to yesterday's problem of how to 
>> make Apple's Mail application more multi-lingual:
>>
>>  Mathieu should just go in the Edit -> Spelling -> Spelling menu 
>> (yes, "Spelling" is there in menu and sub-menu), and, instead of 
>> choosing French or English, just use the "Multilingual" option. It 
>> allows one to use many languages at the same time. This also works 
>> for most of Cocoa applications as well.
>> end{quote}
>>
>> In fact I checked in TeXShop and such menu items and such a 
>> multilingual dictionary possibility do seem to be inherited from 
>> Cocoa. I haven't experimented to see how well it does or doesn't work 
>> however.
>>
>> Hugh Neary
>>
>>> On Sep 22, 2004, at 4:55 AM, Simon Spiegel wrote:
>>>
>>>> As many others on this list I use TeXShop for writing and Cocoaspell
>>>> for spellchecking. This combination is quite nice, since Cocoaspell
>>>> can handle TeX pretty well. I just have one problem: When writing
>>>> academic stuff I regularly have more than one language in one
>>>> document; normally the main part is German and lots of English 
>>>> quotes.
>>>> Most more advanced word processors offer the option to set the
>>>> language per paragraph or even by word. TeXShop/Cocoaspell can't do
>>>> that because you only can globally select one language.
>>>>
>>>> Has anyone come up with a solution for this?
>>>>
>>>> TIA
>>>>
>>>> simon
>>>> --
>>>> Simon Spiegel
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