11.0268 spell-checking in pine

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 21:46:28 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 268.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Sun, 14 Sep 1997 08:45:24 -0600 (MDT)
From: Maurizio Oliva <oliva@cc.denison.edu>
Subject: Spell Checking in Pine

LINUX and many UNIX operating systems come with engines and lists
of words, mostly public domain software. For example the latest Debian
distribution of Debian allows to use ISPELL with an English, German,
Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese dictionary (dictionaries are
just lists of words, often compiled by dynamic grouping (Luigi Bianchi,
York University, led the compilation of the Italian list of words in 1991,
by using the Soc.Culture.Italian newsgroup as a channel of aggregation).
Many email users relay on Pine, a freeware developed by the
University of Washington, Seattle. Pine allows to set a spell checker.
However, the choice of the language is set in the pine Setup and that
makes shifting between languages unergonomic. It would be very useful to
have the spell-check command (^T) prompt the user for a choice among a
list of the avaliable dictionaries.

----------------------- setup screen ----------------------

( ) nickname
( ) dont-sort
goto-default-rule =
Set Rule Values
--- ----------------------
(*) inbox-or-folder-in-recent-collection
( ) inbox-or-folder-in-first-collection
( ) most-recent-folder
character-set = ISO-8859-1
editor = pico
speller = <No Value Set>
composer-wrap-column = <No Value Set: using "74">
reply-indent-string = :)
empty-header-message = <No Value Set: using "Undisclosed recipients">
image-viewer = <No Value Set>
use-only-domain-name = No
display-filters = <No Value Set>
sending-filters = <No Value Set>
alt-addresses = <No Value Set>

? Help E Exit Config P Prev - PrevPage Y
* [Select] N Next Spc NextPage W

---------------------------- help ----------------------

OPTION: Speller

This option affects the behavior of the ^T (spell check) command in the
Composer. It specifies the program invoked by ^T in the Composer. By
default, Pine uses the system's "spell" command. Pine will use the
command defined by this option (if any) instead. When invoking the
spell-checking program, Pine appends a tempfile name (where the message is
passed) to the command line.

<End of help on this topic>

Maurizio Oliva, Director, Multimedia Language Lab, Denison University
Fellows 302, Granville, OH 43023, O (614) 587-6684, F 587-6417, H 235-9618

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