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Re: OT: mutt/nano spellchecking

On Sun, Oct 04, 2009 at 08:39:36AM EDT, Tony Baldwin wrote:

> One of the things keeping me from using Mutt as my default mail client
> all the time is the lack of certain spell check features.  

That's got nothing to do with mutt. Spell-checking is a feature of the
editor that you told mutt to use. If you're unhappy with said editor,
just tell mutt that you want to use a different one.

> I wasn't aware at all, until today, that I could set up nano to spell
> check, but now have it working with Aspell, and, thus, spell check, at
> the very least, in English.  However, I write e-mails in 4 different
> languages (both icedove, and the gmail online interface allow me to
> spell check my messages in any variety of languages).  Does anyone
> know of a means to configure nano, and, to work with mutt, so that one
> may alternate languages for spell check purposes, as can be done in
> icedove, tbird, etc.?

I don't use nano on a regular basis, in fact I was under the impression
that it was some kind of a last resort hack, only useful in environments
with low resources, or when you are dropped to a root shell after a
failed boot-time fsck, etc.

Maybe you need to make sure the dictionaries for the languages you are
writing in are correctly installed.  Besides, if your locale is some
form of unicode, it would make sense that you also have to tell nano
what language it is that he needs to spell check.

As an aside, I also use mutt, with vim as the editor. With vim, spell
checking is as easy as issuing a ":set spell spelllang=whatever" from
Vim's command line...  and optionally mapping a few function keys to
make switching languages fast and convenient.

I'm sure you have excellent reasons for using nano, but I would like to
add that one thing I really like about vim is that you have all the
information you need at your fingertips via the searchable online help.
I'm not sure I would want to make my own an editor that does not provide
documentation and leaves you with a choice between guessing and posting
to a mailing list for help.


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