[OS X TeX] Questions on TeXShop

Richard Koch koch at math.uoregon.edu
Sat Mar 22 16:02:08 CET 2014


The solution for spelling is definitely CocoAspell. It comes with a large
number of dictionaries.

I recently installed it on Mavericks with no trouble. But there are two
things to be aware of:

a) CocoAspell adds a Preference Pane, automatically installed,
at the bottom of Apple's System preferences. After you choose a dictionary,
you must configure this dictionary in the pane to ignore LaTeX commands.
This isn't automatically done.

b) Then you must choose a dictionary. You must either choose a dictionary
system-wide, using Apple's Language & Region Pref Pane 

	Language & Region --> Keyboard Preferences --> Text

or choose it for just the TeXShop application, in

	Edit Menu --> Show Language & Text

There is a bug in TeXShop; this choice must be made in each session because
it isn't remembered between sessions. The bug is already fixed here and will thus
be fixed in the next release of TeXShop.

Note that CocoAspell is an extension of Apple's spelling system, as provided
by Apple. There isn't separate code in TeXShop to spell check; Apple's system
code spell checks. It just uses a dictionary set up to handle Latex.

b)  The bolder Monico text is a feature of recent Apple systems. It was controversial
at the time, and there is a fix which most users may have forgotten.

In the TeXShop Help menu,
the top item is called "About This Release." It lists recent changes, and
items you may want to adjust.

Look at "Changes in 3.15" for an explanation of the bolder text, and the
action you can take to undo the change. (All this is due to Apple. TeXShop
did nothing to make bolder text, and the NSFontDefaultScreenFontSubstitutionEnabled
item is understood on the system level, and not by TeXShop.)

Dick Koch

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