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I want to Firefox to assume that text may be in a mixture of languages and words should be looked up in multiple dictionaries. (For example, everything in en-GB, en-US, ru, be and be-classic should be consider as good, everything else should be underlined and corrections from all dictionaries should be offered). Is there an add-on for "multi-language spell-check"?

Alternatively, can I merge all dictionaries into one big combined dictionary?

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What Operating System are you on ? –  Studer Feb 12 '10 at 20:56
    
GNU/Linux Debian (mostly squeeze) –  Vi. Feb 12 '10 at 20:58
    
I also wish Firefox could do this. Not strictly an "answer," but you could try using Chrome, which does support multiple-language spell checking out of the box: google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95604. –  Arthaey Angosii Jun 20 '11 at 18:26

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Unfortunately, I don't believe there is an easy solution to this. I use two different languages on a daily basis and the best (not ideal) solution is a combination of multiple dictionaries and an add on such as:

Dictionary Switcher or Quick Locale Switcher

Both of which present their own problems.

Another, less than ideal solution, is:

ImTranslator

Whilst it is a translator, it also supports multilingual spell checking.

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I use French and English in almost all of my e-mails and this is a nightmare...

There is a (quite simple) solution, but you need to hack one of your dictionary: copy paste the content of e.g. your English dictionary into your French one, I works! As simple as that!

This is how I solved this issue on Mac OS X:

1) Go to /Users/HERE_YOUR_USER/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles (use cmd-shift-g if your Library folder is hidden) then select your profile folder (mine was default.uo0) then the extensions folder.

2) You will see folders for each of your dictionaries (en-US@dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org and fr-classique-reforme1990@dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org in my case). In each main folder, a "dictionaries" folder.

3) Copy the content of the .aff and .dic of one of your dictionary into the .aff and .dic file of the other. don't copy the first line in the .dic file, it's the word count!

Warning: in the .dic file, update the word count on the first line. It must be the number of lines of the file minus 1 (the first which is the word count...).

4) Restart Firefox! and now... vous pouvez taper en français et in English in the same text area!

Enjoy!

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Just did a cp extensions/en-gb@flyingtophat.co.uk/dictionaries/* extensions/pt-BR@dictionaries.addons.mozilla.org/dictionaries/ here. Didn't seem to work very well. How did you join the files exactly? –  jpbochi Feb 19 at 15:07

Try the Firefox add-in SpellCheck.

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Already looked there. red box: "This add-on is for older versions of Firefox. experimental". My Firefox is v3.2.5 –  Vi. Feb 12 '10 at 23:22
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This add-in seems to be no longer available. –  Peter Mortensen Feb 3 at 14:28

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