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Is it possible to setup AUCTeX so that it loads the spelling dictionary in the same language as the language used by babel? For example, is it possible to load the Danish ispell dictionary when a document includes \usepackage[danish]{babel}?

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This can be done by using language specific hooks in AUCTeX. To automatically load the Danish ispell dictionary when a document includes \usepackage[danish]{babel} put the following in your .emacs:

(add-hook 'TeX-language-dk-hook
      (lambda () (ispell-change-dictionary "danish")))
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    Now that was fast! ;-) – lockstep Jan 2 '12 at 10:11
  • @lockstep I have been looking for such an option and when I found it in the manual I thought it would make sense to document it here for others to find and benefit from. – N.N. Jan 2 '12 at 10:12
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    What about Polyglossia? – egreg Jan 2 '12 at 14:13
  • @egreg That is a good question. I did a quick search without finding anything. Perhaps it should be asked as a new question? – N.N. Jan 2 '12 at 14:17
  • @egreg I asked a new question about the polyglossia case: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/39842/… – N.N. Jan 2 '12 at 14:58
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Based on this answer, you can also specify a local variable inside the .tex file :

%%% Local Variables:
%%% ispell-local-dictionary: "danish"
%%% End:

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