[OS X TeX] how make cocoAspell recognize LaTeX commands?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Oct 1 05:14:52 CEST 2011

On Sep 30, 2011, at 3:50 PM, Murray Eisenberg wrote:

> I'm using TeXShop 2.43 under OS X 10.6.8 and installed cocoAspell 2.1.
> As the docs say, I then:
> - in System Preferences, Spelling preferences panel selected "English
> (United States) as the Dictionary and checked the Filter for TeX/LaTeX; and
> -  in System Preferences, Language & Text, Text pane, chose what I believe
> is the corresponding dictionary for the Spelling choice: "English (United
> States} [w_accents] (Aspell) -- this is the only Aspell entry I see in that
> drop-down for Spelling.
> Nonetheless, in TeXShop, every LaTeX command that is not an ordinary English
> word is still getting flagged as misspelled. E.g.:
>  documentclass, usepackages, textbf, displaystyle, emph, frac
> (Only such command as \section, \begin, \end, \item formed from actual words
> are left unflagged)
> What's wrong and how does one fix this?


Take a look in the TeX/LaTeX Tab under the Filters Tab to see the list of commands that are understood.

In TeXShop under Edit->Show Spelling and Grammar make sure that the English(Aspell) dictionary is chosen. Note: once you choose that it will be used in all applications that use Apple's Spelling Checker.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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