[OS X TeX] Re: MacOSX-TeX Digest, Vol 48, Issue 1

Murray Eisenberg murrayeisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Oct 1 21:27:17 CEST 2011

I already looked at in the System Preferences, Spelling, Filters pane 
and then the TeX/LaTeX part. I see such things included as:

   newcounter, newcommand, pagestyle

Nonetheless, still in TeXShop, those commands are being flagged as 

Moreover, that list of TeXLaTeX filter commands is just about the barest 
imaginable -- so short as to be nearly useless (if only it even worked). 
There's a + button, presumably to add to the list, but that button 
doesn't work.

I also did open TeXShop's Edit > Spelling and Grammar window, and the 
dictionary showing there seems to be the same as I enabled in OS X 
System Preferences, namely:

   English (United States} [w_accents] (Aspell)

It's just unbelievable to me that a TeX front end would not supply a 
working TeX/LaTeX-filtering spell-checker, whether built-in or by means 
of a 3rd party tool.

(Once again my hopes for a good TeX front-end on the Mac seem dashed.)

On 10/1/11 3:00 PM, macosx-tex-request at email.esm.psu.edu wrote:
> Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:14:52 -0500
> From: Herbert Schulz<herbs at wideopenwest.com>
> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] how make cocoAspell recognize LaTeX commands?
> To: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List<macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>
> Message-ID:<45684B11-B0C2-4450-92C3-A71441377F51 at wideopenwest.com>
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> 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?
> Howdy,
> 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

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