German nouns are normally spelt w/ a capital first letter, but can I make the spell checker stop caring about that?

  • :h spellcapcheck ?
    – VanLaser
    Feb 15, 2016 at 19:51
  • @VanLaser, that is only for caps at the beginning of sentences, as far as I can see.
    – Toothrot
    Feb 15, 2016 at 20:15
  • Did you try it? set spellcapcheck=
    – VanLaser
    Feb 15, 2016 at 20:19
  • @VanLaser, yes, I already have it my .vimrc.
    – Toothrot
    Feb 15, 2016 at 20:25
  • The option is local to buffer. Just try this in a new buffer: :set spell spelllang=de spellcapcheck= and start testing.
    – VanLaser
    Feb 15, 2016 at 20:33

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No you cannot make the spellchecker take care of it. In fact, treating German nouns as lowercase would be an error.

  • According to contemp. rules, yes, not, for instance, in Grimm's dictionary.
    – Toothrot
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:49
  • Besides it should be possible to use lowercase privately. And when using a german word in English, kleinschreibung is arguably the most sensible, even if one cares about cont. rules.
    – Toothrot
    Feb 16, 2016 at 9:56
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    That contradicts the official german spelling rules, besides, even Grimms dictionary won't adhere to the official rules anymore, since it is too old. The rule is, to uppercase write German nounds. Period. Feb 18, 2016 at 6:39

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