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wmeyer48
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Texlive: spell check install

Postby wmeyer48 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:47 pm

Have been using TexLive, which to my surprise, has no spell check installed. Found this Q&A, and followed it:
https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/235313/how-to-add-spell-checker-to-texworks-on-windows#238852

After restarting TexLive, however, there is still no spell checker visible. Other searches have not been helpful. Would appreciate any help -- perhaps the age of the answer is the problem, as TexLive may have changed in the two years since?

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Ijon Tichy
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Postby Ijon Tichy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:33 am

You cannot restart TeX Live. You can only restart the editor. TeX Live is the TeX distribution. The editor may be TeXworks, TeXmaker, TeXstudio, emacs, vi, notepad++ …

So please be more precisely and informative. What have you done exactly? Which editor (in which version) are you using? Which OS are you using? What have you restarted? And what do you mean with „there is still no spell checker visible”? What is „there”? In TeXworks you can set the language for the build in spell checker either in the Editor tab of the TeXworks Preferences (Edit → Preferences) or via Edit → Spelling.

BTW: If you have a question to an answer on TeX.SX it could be useful to either add a comment or a following up question there.

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Postby wmeyer48 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:41 pm

Environment: Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit, Ver. 1903

Using TeXworks ver. 0.6.3 to edit. From this answer https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/235313/how-to-add-spell-checker-to-texworks-on-windows, followed these steps:

  1. Download the dictionary corresponding to your desired language from the OpenOffice.org extensions site.
  2. Change the file extension of the downloaded file from .oxt to .zip and extract the files with your archive utility of choice.
  3. Open TeXworks and select Settings and Resources from the Help menu. A dialog window will open with a link to the TeXworks resources folder.
  4. Click the link to open the resources folder. If there is no dictionaries subfolder there yet, then create it now. Open the (possibly newly created) dictionaries subfolder.
  5. Copy the .dic and .aff files from the downloaded .zip file to the dictionaries subfolder.
  6. Close and reopen TeXworks. The dictionaries should be listed under the Spelling item in the Edit menu.

These are the same steps that were in the page I referenced in my first post.
"There is no spell checker visible" means:
  • Edit, Spelling presents only "None"
  • Edit, Preferences, Editor, Spell-check Language list presents only "None"

If any further details are needed, please be specific.

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Postby Ijon Tichy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:08 pm

Don't tell us the steps you should do, tell us the steps you have done. E.g. which language file have you downloaded in step 1? Have you generated a subfolder in step 4? Have you verified, that the name of the folder is correct? Which files from the zip-file have you copied to which folder in step 5?

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Postby wmeyer48 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:09 pm

As I wrote, I followed the steps as given. The dictionary I downloaded was en_us.oxt.

I followed and verified the steps as given. I did hope to find some useful suggestion here, but so far, all you have done is to quibble with my posts. I make my living as a software developer, and have, for many years. I understand fully the need to follow instructions.

If you are unable to offer any suggestion as to a possible sure for the issue, then I think it best we do not continue.

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Postby Ijon Tichy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:56 pm

I really do my very best to help you. But I am not a psychic. And until now all your questions have the same characteristic: They are hard to answer because of lack of necessary information. So if you refuse to answer my questions and to contribute in finding a solution I cannot help you. Sorry for wasting my and your time. It will never happen again.


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