The basic mechanism for spellchecking in Emacs involves the external program ispell/aspell. For information on using this, see InteractiveSpell. There are also some alternatives:
- FlySpell mode runs ispell/aspell in the background and highlights misspelled words as you type.
- SpeckMode is similar to FlySpell but it only corrects words when you stop typing and allows you to use different dictionaries in the same buffer.
- WcheckMode is a fast general-purpose on-the-fly (spell-)checker interface which can use external programs or Emacs Lisp functions as the text-checker engine. It works not only with Ispell, Enchant, Hunspell etc. but also many other line-oriented command-line text-filtering programs and shell scripts. Wcheck mode is highly configurable.
- AutoCorrection corrects misspellings automatically as you type.
See also CategoryWriting.
There are a number of packages that will help you if you use several different languages, either in different buffers, or mixed together in the same buffer.
These pages offer spelling help:
- FlyspellBabel – Switch flyspell language according to LaTeX Babel commands.
- AutoLangMode – Guesses the language of the current buffer/paragraph from content.
- GuessLang – Similar guessing from content, but only for a whole buffer.
- GuessBufferLanguage – A simpler approach for guessing the language of a buffer.
- AutoDictionaryMode – Yet another dictionary guesser. Works during idle time and supports self-updating templates.
- WikiSpell – GuessBufferLanguage adapted for use with Wikis.
- Synonyms – One way to check spelling is to look words up in a dictionary – or, in this case, a thesaurus. You can also check spelling by displaying matching completions, without bothering to look for synonyms.
- If you already use Icicles and Synonyms, then you can quickly check the spelling of a word (if it is in the thesaurus!) with command
‘icicle-complete-thesaurus-entry’. I bind it to `
C-c /’. If the word is correctly spelled, it appears as a complete completion (is highlighted as such in the minibuffer).
- PredictiveMode – In-buffer completion of words from a dictionary (British English dictionary included). Completions are, of course, spelled correctly. Especially useful when auto-complete and dynamic-completion are enabled (the default). This helps with those long, awkward, illogically spelled words English loves to taunt you with.
- SpellNumber – Spell out an integer or currency in words. It is multi-language and multi-country.
- CocoAspell – Using cocoAspell on Mac OSX.
- GnusSpelling – Switching dictionaries depending on group parameters in Gnus.
- AspellWindows – Setting up Aspell under Windows7.