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Kris Jones Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
Hitherto I've never had any difficulty in getting my Mac to recognise British spelling. However, that seems to have changed with Snow Leopard. I keep the check language and grammar settings switched on and every time I type text using an English spelling (like "recognise" above), it indicates it is wrong with the red underlining.

I have used the Language and Text preferences to show British English as my only choice in both the Language and Text sections. My region is set to UK and the Input section has only the British keyboard switched on. Additionally, if I call up the "Show Spelling and Grammar" box, it shows British English as the chosen option. I'm therefore baffled as to why my system marks British spellings as wrong.

I had thought of trashing the relevant preference file and starting again. However, I can't find a .plist file that holds the relevant settings.

Has anyone any ideas as to how I can resolve this? Any help will be gratefully received.

iMac 1.83Ghz Core 2 Duo 17 inch, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Boot Camp 3.0. Windows XP Pro SP3
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    Hitherto I've never had any difficulty in getting my Mac to recognise British spelling


    Seems there is now a declination twixt British spelling and British pronunciation.

    Open Dictionary and peruse preferences forthwith to learn more.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,235 points)
    . Additionally, if I call up the "Show Spelling and Grammar" box, it shows British English as the chosen option. I'm therefore baffled as to why my system marks British spellings as wrong.


    What apps exactly? TextEdit?
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,235 points)
    Dictionary.app has no connection with the OS X spellchecker.
  • Kris Jones Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    It happens with all applications that use the system-wide dictionary. So it occurs in Mail, Safari text boxes, TextEdit, etc.

    Just for clarity, I'm not talking about the Dictionary application but the spelling feature. Although Dictionary uses the New Oxford American Dictionary as its source, it does reference British spelling and words we use here, which would probably be alien to our cousins in the USA.
  • Peter Bovis Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Kris

    I am using SL 10.6.1 and my dictionary does recognise, recognise without underlining the word in red, as shown here!

    You need to update your profile as it does not indicate your using SL

    Regards
  • Kris Jones Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Thanks Peter. I've updated my profile.

    I asked in the UK MacUser forum if others were having the same problem with Snow Leopard. It appears not so I don't think it's a general bug but something wrong on my system.
  • Peter Bovis Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    Kris

    As you see here there are different glitches with SL, I have it seems been lucky, so far I have had only one problem and that has been sorted by reading these forums.

    Even my software that is not on the list of compatible software, seem to work okay, yet others are reporting problems which I do not have.

    Have you tried repairing "permissions" and then doing a re-start, it odd how such simple tricks solve seemingly impossible problems.

    Good luck, be interested to know if you find an answer.

    Regards
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    Tom Gewecke wrote:
    Dictionary.app has no connection with the OS X spellchecker.


    They are connected via their heritage - Apple.

    Apple has sensibly chosen British pronunciation over spelling as witnessed in Dictionary's prefs. The carryover is obvious.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,235 points)
    The carryover is obvious.


    There isn't any carryover. I have no problem running British English spelling checking on my system. If you can't do it, something is broken on yours.
  • Kris Jones Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Unfortunately none of the familiar troubleshooting routines like verifying/repairing disks and permissions, deleting caches and logs, etc, makes any difference. It seems much more likely to me that I have a corrupted preference file. However, I know not which one, since I can't find out which one is responsible for Language and Text settings.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,235 points)
    none of the familiar troubleshooting routines


    Did you also try creating a new user and logging into that?
  • Kris Jones Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    I've tried in two other user accounts. One I set the same language and text settings as my usual account. The result is the same. The other uses the default settings with English as opposed to British English. Again, the results are the same.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,235 points)
    the results are the same.


    That would seem to indicate a system level problem, but exactly what it could be is a mystery...
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    There isn't any carryover


    With Apple having the final word on how both are deployed and configured in OS X, there can be nothing but carryover. They don't arrive at the user's desktop by separate routes. Think about the impact from that...the bigger picture. Any recent changes simply prove that out. Nothing's broken...just changed.
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