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, 2012 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, 2012 at 10:12
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    What about Polyglossia?
    – egreg
    Jan 2, 2012 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, 2012 at 14:17
  • @egreg I asked a new question about the polyglossia case: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/39842/…
    – N.N.
    Jan 2, 2012 at 14:58

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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