Friday, January 15, 2010
Adding a dictionary not included with Snow Leopard
As a native Norwegain speaking, I have had to install cocoAspell in order to have Norwegian spell checking. This has worked fairly well, but now it is possible to have spell checking in any language, as Snow Leopard comes preinstalled with Hunspell, an open solution for spell checking. Hunspell is used by a number of products, including OpenOffice.org, and as OpenOffice include spell checking for most languages, Snow Leopard is able to use those dictionaries for spell checking. In order to add spell checking for a language that is not already included in Snow Leopard is to go to
and download the dictionary for the language in question. Extract the zip-file copy or move all files with .dic and .aff endings to either ~/Library/Spelling (or only your user) or /Library/Spelling (for all users on that system).
For the changes to take effect, restart the programs you want to use with the new dictionary, or log out and back in.