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In continuation to this question I was wondering, now that my document is full of \' and other accents, the emacs speller balks on all the words... Is there a way to get a spell-checker to understand \'e as é and thus spell-check the document properly?

  • This is really a question about ispell (or similar) and emacs, rather than TeX or friends. It is, however, relevant enough to people interested in TeX that I guess it's acceptable... – Seamus Jan 13 '11 at 13:13
  • I was thinking that emacs is a friend...but vote to close if you fine it outside our scope... – Yossi Farjoun Jan 14 '11 at 8:25
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Edit: I realize that I have completely misguided this answer. My answer is basically a recommendation to type normally without escaping accents, which is easier and might be better for the spell-checker.


I had previously some problems with emacs and these type of characters. It was specially annoying to write them like that in the first place. So my tips are:

  • use utf8 inputenc, like the question that you referred: \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
  • make sure that your file is in utf-8. In emacs M-x -> set-buffer-file-coding-system -> utf-8 Or simply C-x RET f -> utf-8
  • Type characters normally, like Información, grève, coïncidence. In emacs I use M-x set-input-method -> latin-1-prefix. Your choice depends on your language or preference.
  • To convert your already typed document, select an area (or the whole document) and use M-x iso-tex2iso. Chech the other versions of iso-* functions that may help you as well to transform back and forward to several formats.

Example of iso-* functions:

Original (how I type it):
Información, grève, coïncidence.

iso-iso2tex of the phrase above:
Informaci{\'o}n, gr{\`e}ve, co{\"\i}ncidence.

Your format:
Informaci\'on, gr\`eve, co\"incidence

iso-tex2iso of the phrase above:
Información, grève, coïncidence.

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