0.1.4 Using Multiple Dictionaries
Your site may have multiple dictionaries installed: a default one
(usually `english.hash'), and several others for different languages
(e.g. `deutsch.hash') or variations on a language (such as British
spelling for English).
This is the command to change the dictionary. It prompts for a new
dictionary name, with completion on the elements of
It changes `ispell-dictionary' and kills the old ispell process, if
one was running. A new one will be started as soon as necessary.
By just answering `RET' you can find out what the current
If non-nil, a dictionary to use instead of the default one. This
is passed to the ispell process using the `-d' switch and is used
as key in `ispell-dictionary-alist'.
You should set this variable before your first call to ispell
(e.g. in your `.emacs'), or use the `M-x ispell-change-dictionary'
command to change it, as changing this variable only takes effect
in a newly started ispell process.
An alist of dictionaries and their associated parameters.
Each element of this list is also a list:
CASECHARS NOT-CASECHARS OTHERCHARS MANY-OTHERCHARS-P
DICTIONARY-NAME is a possible value of variable
`ispell-dictionary', `nil' means the default dictionary.
CASECHARS is a regular expression of valid characters that
comprise a word.
NOT-CASECHARS is the opposite regexp of CASECHARS.
OTHERCHARS is a regular expression of other characters that are
valid in word constructs. Otherchars cannot be adjacent to each
other in a word, nor can they begin or end a word. This implies
we can't check `Stevens'' as a correct possessive and other correct
Hint: regexp syntax requires the hyphen to be declared first here.
MANY-OTHERCHARS-P is non-nil if many otherchars are to be allowed
in a word instead of only one.
ISPELL-ARGS is a list of additional arguments passed to the ispell
Note that the CASECHARS and OTHERCHARS slots of the alist should
contain the same character set as casechars and otherchars in the
LANGUAGE`.aff' file (e.g., `english.aff').
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