texhax Digest, Vol 2019, Issue 133

Michael Barr, Prof. barr.michael at mcgill.ca
Thu Aug 15 16:01:02 CEST 2019

Correction:  Much as I appreciate Paulo's contribution, I have to mention that the actual New Yorker article in which John McPhee describes his use of kedit is:



Structure | The New Yorker<https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/01/14/structure>
The approach to structure in factual writing is like returning from a grocery store with materials you intend to cook for dinner. You set them out on the kitchen counter, and what’s there is ...

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   1. Re: Can anyone recommend a spell checker for tex files?
      (Paulo Ney de Souza)


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Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 20:17:37 -0700
From: Paulo Ney de Souza <pauloney at gmail.com>
To: "Michael Barr, Prof." <barr.michael at mcgill.ca>
Cc: James Diamond <jim.diamond at acadiau.ca>, TeXhax <texhax at tug.org>
Subject: Re: Can anyone recommend a spell checker for tex files?
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Ahhh ... KEdit, the DOS clone of the venerated XEdit that worked on VM/CMS.
There are many people that swears by it and many that swear at it ... maybe
someone should write a review-comparison of it and Emacs!

The article by John McPhee is "Draft No. 4":


a very interesting piece of reading ...and so it is this article on him at


I heard you can still buy KEdit:


but it is probably not worth it ...

We are trying to make OpenDetex work in Windows:


so soon that coupled with Aspell (which runs fine on Windows) will give you
an alternate path that will allow you to easily keep a private word-list.

Paulo Ney

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 1:50 PM Michael Barr, Prof. <barr.michael at mcgill.ca>

> Thanks all.  It took longer than I wanted but the suggestion from Uwe
> Ziegenhagen did the job.  I finally downloaded the open office dictionary.
> There doesn't seem to be a way to add additional words that I use all the
> time, but it worked.
> I actually have MS-Office on my computer (thanks to my computer centre
> which makes Office 365 the only email interface) but simply could not find
> their dictionaries.
> As for what editor I use, I have been using it and its many upgrades for
> 35 years and have tuned it highly to make it easy to do tex (e.g. the F-10
> key lays down a pair of dollar signs and leaves the cursor between them;
> F-11 and F-12 do the same for {} and () and there are other shortcuts) and
> I am not about to change.  What it doesn't have is an integrated
> spell-checker.  I used to have a very good one but it was a 16 bit program
> that doesn't run under later Windows.  The editor is called Kedit.  John
> McPhee once wrote a New Yorker essay about his use of it.
> Anyway thanks for the help.  It might amuse you to know that I went
> through an entire 20+ page paper (at the insistence of a coauthor) and
> didn't find a single actual misspelling.
> Michael
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Paulo Ney de Souza <pauloney at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:30:25 PM
> *To:* James Diamond <jim.diamond at acadiau.ca>
> *Cc:* Michael Barr, Prof. <barr.michael at mcgill.ca>; TeXhax <texhax at tug.org
> >
> *Subject:* Re: Can anyone recommend a spell checker for tex files?
> The OP states that he uses a third-party editor. The tricky part here is
> to get the TeX codes and commands cleared out of the file to be
> spelled...not the speller itself since there are tons of them. This should
> be the job of this third party editor or of TeXshop, luatex or even
> detex...but my question is -- what is the application you used to run for
> that? I am not aware of any under MS-Windows.
> Paulo Ney
> On Wed, Aug 14, 2019, 1:10 PM James Diamond via texhax <texhax at tug.org>
> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 17:11 (+0000), Michael Barr, Prof. wrote:
> > All the answers I find on the web either require Luatex or that you be
> running under some version of Unix.  I use MS-windows and a third party
> editor.  I used to have a very good one, but it is 16 bit and all recent
> versions of Win won't run it.
> Michael,
> I never use MS-windows, but aside from the texworks suggestion, you
> could probably get a spell checker running under emacs, should that
> appeal.
>                                 Jim
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