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While you could use ObectFarmSpell for an embedded spell checker in Cocoa apps, that leaves Carbon apps without support.

I use a system of Excalibur and CopyPaste-X. Excalibur is a freeware spell checker which has more specialized dictionaries than you can imagine, will spell check the clipboard, and has some technical capacities related to the print industry (it is LaTeX aware which I never use).

CopyPaste-X is a shareware application which allows multiple clipboards. It has different capabilities than the OS9.x versions, including a Clipboard Editor which is activated when you double click on a clipboard (even an empty clipboard). Excalibur works with the last item copied.

The reason I'm mentioning that is because you can use Excalibur in any application just by the standard highlight, copy to clipboard via the keyboard, and then run Excalibur's File > Open Clipboard (Command + T). Or if you want to post to a forum, for example, you can double click on an empty clipboard in a CopyPaste palette, either the Clipboard Recorder or Clipboard Extender, compose your message, highlight it and run Excalibur. Close the Clipboard Editor, and the message is ready to be pasted into any forum text box or form. It's like having your own preview and spell checker always available.

[Editor's note: I have not tried this combination of products to create a global spell checker, but it sounds intriguing...]
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Check out cocoAspell
Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 05, '02 04:12:05AM
I have tried it and it seems to work very well, but only in cocoa apps. From the homepage: cocoAspell is Mac OS X implementation of Aspell -- "A more intelligent Ispell" -- that is being developed by Kevin Atkinson. Here is a brief snippet of how Kevin describes Aspell on his web site: Aspell is an Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. Its main feature is that it does a much better job of coming up with possible suggestions than Ispell does. In fact recent tests shows that it even does better than Microsoft Word 97's spell checker or just about any other spell checker I have seen. It also has support for checking (La)TeX and Html files, and run time support for other non English languages.

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Check out cocoAspell
Authored by: Welles Goodrich on Apr 07, '02 11:12:30AM
I tried out cocoAspell and prefer it to ObectFarmSpell. Thanks, good tip. For people interested in multilingual capacities (and dictionaries) of OSX, I just ran into this page which is quite valuable. Welles

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