Apple spelling checker?
alex at mindlube.com
Thu Dec 18 14:38:17 CST 2003
On Dec 18, 2003, at 12:31 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> How difficult/desireable would it be to have a means of using OS X's
> Spelling Checker application service within Rev?
In OS X a "Service" sometimes refers to the Services menu seen in many
OS X apps. Is that what you mean? I don't have a spell check service in
But many OS X apps utilize a spell checker that maintains per-user
dictionaries and preferences. I think it's part of the Cocoa
frameworks; the Objective C class NSSpellChecker. I think it should be
possible to write a simple Rev external to talk to NSSpellChecker. I
don't know if Carbon has this capability. A quick API search says
Carbon does not.
Another alternative, which does *not* interface with the user's
dictionary and preferences, is the GNU ispell program, which is a
command-line tool that could be called with shell(). It's a fine
utility, it's just not installed by default, and is disconnected from
the rest of the OS X system spell checking facilities.
> I have a client gearing up for a heavy production cycle and we're
> looking at
> options for incorporating QA conveniences into his workflow.
I got partway through a spell checking plugin for Rev, transcript only,
before I put it on the back burner. You are welcome to the unfinished
source code if you want it.
For OS X only, I think a NSSpellChecker external would provide the best
user experience because it would be consistent with other spell
checking going on in the workflow- maybe.
Alex Rice <alex at mindlube.com> | Mindlube Software |
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