[texworks] Dictionaries for all users on Windows 7.

Stefan Löffler st.loeffler at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 20:14:27 CET 2013

On 2013-01-08 15:51, mike _ wrote:
> I'm looking at deploying TeX Live to Windows 7 machines which I
> manage. I would like to include spell check dictionaries for use with
> TeX Works in order to avoid the situation of ever user having to
> install dictionaries themselves. I've searched and searched and am
> left with the impression that it what I'm trying to do is impossible.
> I've found the information at
> http://code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/SpellingDictionaries but that
> only covers putting spell check dictionaries in to each user's
> profile, which is simply not practical for me.

Yes, I know the problem. Unfortunately, we haven't found a good way to
implement a system/user resource management.

There are a few alternatives I can suggest, though (in no particular order):
 * Take a look at your TeX distribution. Maybe it has modified TeXworks
to put, e.g., dictionaries in a distribution-specific global folder?
 * Customize the position where resources are put (see sec. 5.7 of the
manual). This should apply to dictionaries, but would also affect other
things (scripting, autocompletion, etc.; they would then also be global)
 * Try linking the dictionaries from a global folder into the user's
profile directory (this is not easier than copying the files, but would
cut down on hard disk usage and improve maintainability).

> will users (who do not have
> Administrator rights) be able to make use of their own dictionary
> files in addition to the system provided ones?

No, not at the moment. As I said above, a full resource management is
not implemented currently. One effect this has is that resources can
only ever reside in one directory at the moment.


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