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Admittedly, I am spoiled by having my nice red and green squiggles in word, and I write my LaTeX documents in an editor that supports some of these features (TeXStudio if it matters).

However, I have come to appreciate how much (in terms of grammar and spell checking and suggestions) Word (and I'm sure other products as well) do, and I find it distinctly lacking in my IDE.

Word has interop capability that allows other programs to call its functions that perform these roles.

I have two primary questions:

  1. Are there any programs that actually do this (with Word, or any other API type calling, but with visual, real time output (squiggles))?
  2. Are there any IDEs that support adding these types of hooks? The actual code to make this work (at least with word interop) is very small, and if there exists a way to add the hooks I would be willing to code it (and share of course).

To Clarify: 1) this is about grammar, not just spelling. 2) This is about the IDE experience, not output.

  • Is the problem basically grammar checking? I always switched that off in Word as I found it useless but probably it has improved. If so, perhaps you could clarify that in the question. If not, I've never had any trouble getting on-the-fly spell checking to work in the editors I've used. (That is, the squiggles which appear as you type.) The only minor annoyance is that my current editor is just a tad too trigger happy and starts marking a word as incorrect before you've finished typing it (possibly correctly). However, that's a very minor niggle. – cfr Jun 8 '14 at 20:06
  • @cfr its grammar, spelling, and optionally, using the dictionary edits I've already made (autocorrect, add words to dictionary, etc) – soandos Jun 8 '14 at 20:07
  • @cfr I did an several other questions as well. As far as I could tell, they mostly did the checking on the side and then revised the document. Nothing there really gave squiggles or called out for the checking – soandos Jun 8 '14 at 20:09
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    You may look at languagetool... and try to link it with your favorite editor. – Paul Gaborit Jun 8 '14 at 23:22

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