How to have spell-checking in Write Activity on Sugar 0.96.2

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What is spell-checking good for

Spell-checking can help children with writing disabilities/dyslexia improve their writing speed.

Since there is a minimum speed that children need to have to follow the meaning within the writing, spell-checking can make the difference between writing-without-understanding and writing-and-understanding.

Spell-checking in the DEFAULT language of Sugar

To enable spell-checking in Write for the a document in a language that IS the DEFAULT language of Sugar, install (as suggested at http://forums.fedoraforum.org/archive/index.php/t-247039.html, and choosing Aspell as a spell-checker) the packages

  1. aspell,
  2. aspell-<your language code>, AND also
  3. enchant-aspell, that is necessary for Abiword to use aspell.

In practice, do in a terminal (as root, or with sudo, and being connected to the Internet)

    # yum install aspell aspell-<the code of the default language on your Sugar> enchant-aspell

Spell-checking in the rest of the languages

To enable spell-checking in Write for the a document in a language that IS NOT the DEFAULT language of Sugar, follow the instructions at http://www.olpcnews.com/software/sugar/hacking_sugars_write_activity_to_support_spellchecking.html and use the right-click (if your device allows it) to select the language of the document.

The language of the document can then be spell-checked if the spell-checker package corresponding to that language is installed.

In practice, do in a terminal (as root, or with sudo, and being connected to the Internet)

    # yum install aspell-<the code of the language of the document>

Then restart the Write Activity for that document, and spell-checking should start working in the non-default language.

Getting help from the Spell-checker

When a word is marked as incorrect, right-click (if your device allows it) on the word marked as incorrect to get help. If this does not work, follow - if you haven't already done so - the instructions at http://www.olpcnews.com/software/sugar/hacking_sugars_write_activity_to_support_spellchecking.html and try again.