Spell Check Interface
Spell check given files via Aspell, Hunspell or Ispell.
aspell(files, filter, control = list(), encoding = "unknown", program = NULL, dictionaries = character())
a character vector with the names of files to be checked.
an optional filter for processing the files before spell checking, given as either a function (with formals
encoding), or a character string specifying a built-in filter, or a list with the name of a built-in filter and additional arguments to be passed to it. See Details for available filters. If missing or
NULL, no filtering is performed.
a list or character vector of control options for the spell checker.
the encoding of the files. Recycled as needed.
a character string giving the name (if on the system path) or full path of the spell check program to be used, or
NULL(default). By default, the system path is searched for
ispell(in that order), and the first one found is used.
a character vector of names or file paths of additional R level dictionaries to use. Elements with no path separator specify R system dictionaries (in subdirectory
share/dictionariesof the R home directory). The file extension (currently, only
.rds) can be omitted.
The spell check programs employed must support the so-called Ispell pipe interface activated via command line option -a. In addition to the programs, suitable dictionaries need to be available. See http://aspell.net, http://hunspell.sourceforge.net/ and http://lasr.cs.ucla.edu/geoff/ispell.html, respectively, for obtaining the Aspell, Hunspell and (International) Ispell programs and dictionaries.
"R" is for R code and extracts the message string
constants in calls to
ngettext (the unnamed string constants for the first
msg2 string constants,
respectively, for the latter two).
"pot" is for message string catalog
Both have an argument
ignore allowing to give regular
expressions for parts of message strings to be ignored for spell
checking: e.g., using
"[ \t]'[^']*'[ \t[:punct:]]" ignores all
text inside single quotes.
"dcf" is for files in Debian Control File format.
The fields to keep can be controlled by argument
character vector with the respective field names). By default,
Title and Description fields are kept.
The print method for the objects returned by
aspell has an
indent argument controlling the indentation of the positions of
possibly mis-spelled words. The default is 2; Emacs users may find it
useful to use an indentation of 0 and visit output in grep-mode. It
also has a
verbose argument: when this is true, suggestions for
replacements are shown as well.
It is possible to employ additional R level dictionaries. Currently,
these are files with extension
.rds obtained by serializing
character vectors of word lists using
saveRDS. If such
dictionaries are employed, they are combined into a single word list
file which is then used as the spell checker's personal dictionary
(option -p): hence, the default personal dictionary is not
used in this case.
A data frame inheriting from
aspell (which has a useful print
method) with the information about possibly mis-spelled words.
Kurt Hornik and Duncan Murdoch (2011), Watch your spelling! The R Journal 3(2), 22--28. https://journal.r-project.org/archive/2011-2/RJournal_2011-2_Hornik+Murdoch.pdf.
aspell-utils for utilities for spell checking packages.
Package Aspell on Omegahat (http://www.omegahat.net/Aspell) for a fine-grained R interface to the Aspell library.
## To check all Rd files in a directory, (additionally) skipping the ## \references sections. files <- Sys.glob("*.Rd") aspell(files, filter = list("Rd", drop = "\\references")) ## To check all Sweave files files <- Sys.glob(c("*.Rnw", "*.Snw", "*.rnw", "*.snw")) aspell(files, filter = "Sweave", control = "-t") ## To check all Texinfo files (Aspell only) files <- Sys.glob("*.texi") aspell(files, control = "--mode=texinfo") ## List the available R system dictionaries. Sys.glob(file.path(R.home("share"), "dictionaries", "*.rds"))