[OS X TeX] Suddenly, I'm Italian

Justin C. Walker justin at mac.com
Fri Dec 2 16:47:39 CET 2011

On Dec 2, 2011, at 06:21 , Enrico Franconi wrote:

>>> Looks like you are using a combination of TeXShop's Command Completion (e.g., \be+TAB --- you appear to have set TAB as the trigger) and Apple's Completion (e.g., definit+ESC). 
>> In TS's preferences you can choose either ESC or TAB to trigger command autocompletion. No matter which one you choose, def+ESC will open Apple's dictionary but def+TAB will not. 
> In "System Preferences", "Language & Text", "Text" you can choose the default language for the centralised dictionary used by Apple spelling. Maybe you have chosen the "Automatic by Language" option, and the system got confused by the text you already had and started proposing Italian completions. Once you had enough English words in your text, the automatic system eventually understood you were an English writer.

That is possible (I do have "Automatic ..." selected), but it doesn't seem likely.

Once this happened, I went back to a previously-typed sequence and retyped part of the word that had already been correctly recognized as English; this second time, it was incorrectly completed from the Italian dictionary.

And, as I said in a follow-up, about 10 minutes later, the system spontaneously reverted to the English dictionary to supply completions.

So it was a brief psychotic break; I've committed my system to a sanitarium for some rest, in the hopes that this won't happen again.


Justin C. Walker
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