[texworks] Syntax highlighting and spell checking

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Oct 2 15:54:31 CEST 2011

On Oct 2, 2011, at 7:27 AM, David Epstein wrote:

> Bruno Voisin <bvoisin at ...> writes:
>> Le 27 nov. 2009 à 15:56, Stefan Löffler a écrit :
>>> I'm not a Mac expert, but Tw doesn't support Aspell directly, AFAIK. It
>>> comes with its own binding to the hunspell spell checker. See
>>> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/SpellingDictionaries for more
>>> information about the spell checking system in Tw.
>>> [...]
>>> PS: Support for other spell checkers like Aspell is planned, but not yet
>>> implemented due to some cross-platform issues.
>> Yes, you can install dictionaries for TeXworks in
> ~/Library/TeXworks/dictionaries. You need to get the
>> dictionaries in OpenOffice 2.0 format (not 3.0) and place the .aff and .dic
> files in this folder.
>> However, the dictionaries are not LaTeX-aware like those for Aspell (so you'll
> get lots and lots of input
>> underlined in red) and there is no GUI for customizing them (activating
> recognition of LaTeX control
>> sequences, etc.) as with CocoAspell.
>> Bruno Voisin
> The previous contributions from Bruno Voisin and Stefan Löffler also appeared in
> the texworks mailing list hosted by tug.org.
> Is the situation any different now, nearly two years later? I've just installed
> cocoAspell on my Mac under Mac Os X 10.6.8. No error messages, but there's no
> sign of aspell from inside TexWorks. I would like to have a spell checker in
> TexWorks with
> 1. The ability to add words that are missing from the dictionary.
> 2. The ability to say that certain words accepted by the dictionary should not
> in future be accepted.
> 3. Understands TeX/LaTeX constructions, including accents as in L\"offler.
> 4. Does not mark $mathmtics$ as a spelling error.
> Thanks
> David Epstein


TeXworks doesn't use the system's spell checker but rather the hunspell checker which is built into the application.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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