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

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Mon Sep 27 23:34:36 CEST 2004

On 27 sep 2004, at 16:57, Gilles Serasset wrote:

> 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 front-ends 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.

Aargh. No, not another discussion on using special comments to indicate 
something that is already in that file. If there is to be an 
implementation in a GUI front-end wrt spell checking different 
languages in a single document, I'd prefer a set of preferences that 
indicate the commands & environments that make the switch, with the 
defaults set to whatever babel uses. I think the GUI _should_ go into 
such details, after all they are there to make life easier for you, not 

> 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).

Last time I checked (pun intended), spell checking was a highly 
interactive activity, not suitable to hand over to a batch oriented 
system. Any more details how Omega made this possible?


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