A simple step-by-step guide
As you may know—all too well—Apple’s Mac OS X doesn’t offer native support for Romanian spell checking. Quite an embarrassment.
However, it is possible to install a Romanian spell-check dictionary (with diacritics and all)—in three fairly easy steps—available to all applications using system spell-checking services, like Mail, Pages, Keynote, Safari, iChat etc.1
Here is how to add system-wide Romanian spell-check dictionary to Mac OS X—a simple step-by-step guide.
Step 1. Install Aspell and cocoAspell
Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker, cocoAspell is a Mac OS X system services interface for Aspell.
Action: Go to cocoAspell homepage and download the installer—currently at version 2.1. The package will install Aspell and a Spelling preference panel to control cocoAspell.
Outcome: If all goes well a Spelling preference panel will appear in System Preferences.
Step 2. Install the Romanian dictionary
We have the engine, now we need a compatible Romanian spell-check dictionary—say hello to Aspell Romanian Dictionary Package.
Action: Open the Official Aspell Dictionaries FTP directory, scroll to "Română" and get aspell5-ro-3.3-2.tar.bz2. Expand it an move the resulting aspell5-ro-3.3-2 folder to ~/Library/Application Support/cocoAspell/.
If this sounds frightening, let me do it for you—just open a Terminal window and paste the following instructions one at a time:
cd curl -O ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/dict/ro/aspell5-ro-3.3-2.tar.bz2 bunzip2 -t -d aspell5-ro-3.3-2.tar.bz2 tar -xf aspell5-ro-3.3-2.tar mkdir ~/Library/Application\ Support/cocoAspell/ mv aspell5-ro-3.3-2 ~/Library/Application\ Support/cocoAspell/aspell5-ro-3.3-2 rm aspell5-ro-3.3-2.tar
Outcome: Opening the System Preferences → Spelling panel will require Aspell to compile the dictionary. You should get the following message:
Consequently, Romanian should appear in the Spelling panel's dictionaries list—and you need to enable it:
Step 3. Use the Romanian spell checker in applications
In order to use the newly installed dictionary, you need to select it in your spelling preferences.
Action: In you application of choice select from the menu bar: Edit → Spelling → Show Spelling and Grammar:
In Pages, select from the menu bar: View → Show inspector → Text → Language → Română:
Outcome: After selecting the Romanian dictionary, the spelling engine should switch to Romanian.
- If this works for you, donate to Anton Leuski via the PayPall Donate button on cocoAspell page2;
- Please note that this tutorial is provided 'as is', and I'm not responsible should any data loss occur—a backup is always a good idea. If in doubt, consult maintainer's installation instructions, f.a.q. and troubleshooting pages;
- Kudos to the Romanian team3.
1 The Romanian spell-check dictionary will not be available to applications using their own spell checking engines, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Illustrator or InDesign etc.
2 I paid $10 via PayPall Donate.
3 Lucian Constantin (rospell), Alexandru Szasz (Mozilla and OpenOffice.org Romanian Translation Team), Ionut Paduraru (http://www.archeus.ro), Adrian Stoica (OpenOffice.org Romanian Translation Team), Nicu Buculei (OpenOffice.org Romanian Translation Team), Catalin Francu (DEX Online Team, http://dexonline.ro), Ionel Mugurel Ciobica (previous aspell releases) and Mihai Budiu (ispell dictionary).