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Old 09-02-2003, 02:31 PM   #1
Ekj530
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I NEED spell check and transparent windows!


I am in the process of trying to elimindate my dependence on windoze. Consequently, I am looking for some of the little proggies that I enjoyed using in W2K. One such little program was called IESpell. It allowed you to spell check anything you type in a browser--dialog boxes, logins, etc. For instance, if I had it installed here, when I get done typing this post, I would right-click in the dialog box and it would give me a 'check spelling' option. It was quite a handy little tool and an almost necessity for me since I spell worse than my five year old. Someone, please tell me there is a Linux program that will do the same thing! If so, what is it called? I can take it from there.

Also, I have looked at many screenshots of Linux desktops and noticed that allot of people use transparent windows and such. I think this is kewl as cotton candy on a stick! Is this an individual window by window configuration or is there a theme or utility that does this? And, if the latter is the case, is it a resident program in Slack 9 or will I need to d'load and install one? I looked at the configure option of the Sack 9 console and it did have a transparent schema, however, it did not seem to work as I expected and certainly did not look near as good as some of the custom desktops I have seen.

Well, that is all my questions for now. Believe it or not, I have been compiling all my software from source and actually compiled my first kernel to get my onboard sound working. I found all the answers to all my questions right here at LQ. But, these two have me stumped a bit. I appeciate an help!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 02:43 PM   #2
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For spell check, there is a program called ASPELL. To my knowledge it doesn't have a Mozilla / Netscape plug-in for spell checking like your IESpell, but it uses an enhanced ispell interface, so other programs can use it to run spell checking (ie pine's spell check uses ispell by default, but ispell has been replaced by aspell).
 
Old 09-02-2003, 02:50 PM   #3
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what window manager or desktop are you using? (slackware 9 is just the OS distro, not the window manager.) the answer to that will help a lot.

i believe transparency is usually a function of the individual program or desktop environment settings. for example, in gnome or KDE, the terminal transparency can be set from the menu within the gnome console, or Konsole, respectively. you can also use something like aterm, and include the transparency settings in the command line to open the program (something like "aterm -tr -rv" etc. -- see "man aterm" or "aterm --help" for the specific options). then just make a link with those settings for easy opening. also look into karamba/superkaramba for KDE -- i think that has a lot of transparency features.

i don't know of any spelling programs outside of the individual editors, so i can't help you much there (only been using linux for a few weeks ). someone with more experience probably knows of one, and i think one is even built into linux somewhere (iSpell, maybe?), but i'm not sure how to access or use it. the best i can say is use something like gEdit or Kwrite/Kedit/Kate, etc. and spell check from w/in there. kind of a pain to cut and paste, but a temporary solution at least.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 04:47 PM   #4
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i use a transparent aterm with a lot of customized settings. it takes a while to sit down and work through all the different options in man, but i suggest you do it if you really want a setting that you're satisfied with. then, when you've found one, create a launcher on your panel or desktop so you don't have to type them all out every time

if you want, here's the command i use:

aterm -tr -sh 70 -fg green -geometry 80x35+50+50 -trsb -sl 400

which is pretty cool, especially on a dark background.

have fun!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 05:51 PM   #5
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I use my Oxford English Dictionary as spell checker. It's quite handy actually, and you wouldn't believe how quick you remember things if not remembering means having to pick up a heavy Oxford dictionary each and every single time you wish to write something. Now typing errors are of course another matter completely....



Since I'm filling precious forum space with nonsense anyway... why does aterm not come with Slack as a default? Or is it just hiding from me?



-zsejk


edit:

Let me edit this by saying that after I *did* get aterm (from http://freshmeat.net/releases/57023/), that command you gave was quite cool indeed. Thanks my man!

Last edited by zsejk; 09-02-2003 at 06:09 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2003, 07:41 PM   #6
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check this out on the command line, just found it:

aspell -c [filename]

too cool!
 
Old 09-02-2003, 07:58 PM   #7
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i have no idea why aterm does come with slack, it's the coolest thing since sliced bread in my opinion! they give you xterm, but it doesn't support transparency. i'm glad you liked that setup, it took me a while to get it just the way i like it

if you want to check out a screenshot i just took, here's a link:

http://www.imagestation.com/mypictur...ion=screenshot

i think that'll work, but you might need to copy and paste the link into your location bar.
let me know what you think
 
Old 09-03-2003, 01:59 AM   #8
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I am a little familar with aspell, at least I knew it existed. But, I think you are right about the browser pluggin. However, the command line utility that synaptical just come up with is really neat. I guess zsejk is right and I will just have to take out the 100# dictionary and do it by hand. But I am not happy about it! BTW, synaptical, I am using KDE right now. Also, I downloaded aterm as well and tried your script and it was great. Just what I was lookn' for. And, btw, that is a nice screenshot. I could never get away with that myself however. At least, not and get any work done!

thanks for the replies! I have a few questions about making and installing packages. I can compile from source easy enough and even install the SW, but, I seem to not be controlling where the SW installs well enough. I have files where they just don't seem logical. And, like with aterm, it is there and I am using it, but, it does not show up on Slack's package list or kpackage. And, this might not be anything, but, I installed Firebird, made the package and installed, etc. It does not show up either in any of the package tools. when I use it, the icon in the bottom panel says X Navigator. Why is that? Is Firebird an X proggy or am I missing something. And, be kind. I am a newbie. Shanks!
 
Old 09-03-2003, 08:05 AM   #9
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as long as you can open the program, you don't have to worry too much about where the software installs. linux takes care of that itself. sometimes it's useful to know where directories are for installing plugins, etc. but you can usually find that in the install information, man pages, readme, etc.

and for sf to show up in the package list, it has to -be- a package. (.tgz) if you install from source and not a package it won't show up in the package list.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 08:37 AM   #10
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transparent windows kill's your CPU (unless its kick ass?)
 
Old 09-03-2003, 11:21 AM   #11
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ok, so since I did ./configure and make and make install [filename] it won't show up. If I would have made it a package and then install it via pkgtool, would it show up then? I have been following some instructions that I found and I think one set deals with making packages for others and the other one deals with simply installing on your machine. So, I think I might have tried to include some things in installing software that was unnecessary unless I wanted to upload it somewhere for someone else to use. Does that make sense? Well, thanks for the heads up. I do at least understand what you are saying!

Kjetil, my cpu is a XP 2100+ running at stock (1733mhz) Is that enough? I have played around with aterm and it seems to be ok.

Last edited by Ekj530; 09-03-2003 at 11:24 AM.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:20 PM   #12
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i think you can make groups of files into a slackware package with makepkg, permissions, etc. and then install it. http://www.slackware.com/book/index....rce=x4132.html i don't know much about how to do it yet, but if you just have to have everything as packages you might want to look into it.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 12:38 PM   #13
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actually, it is not that important to me. Anything I install from source will probablly not be in Slack current so I will have to update them manually anyway. What I was doing was blending instructions for making packages AND installing software from source. Consequently, I have a nice little package for each peice of software that I have compiled, but, I had already installed it (via make install) beforehand. Does that make sense. So, I will just leave the makepkg step off unless I want to upload it somewhere or just test it.

One more thing. Some of the software I have compiled had Slack packages already available. I just compiled from source for the practice and because I thought that if you compile from source it will be optimized for the machine you compiled it on--therefore, running faster, etc. Is this correct? Or, am I just wasting my time and would be just as well off installing from the pre-compiled binaries?

Oh, BTW, thanks allot for your willingness to answer my questions! You have been allot of help!
 
  


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