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Re: [aspell-devel] Aspell and exotic languages

From: taneem
Subject: Re: [aspell-devel] Aspell and exotic languages
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 03:18:00 -0500
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Hi Evan,

I used aspell to create a Bengali (an indic language) spell checker (bspeller), 
and it works fine.

As far as I understand, if you can have an 8-bit encoding for a language, then 
aspell can support it (but don't take my word for it). For the Bengali spell 
checker the frontend uses utf-8 encoding; however, the aspell dictionary and 
the interface between aspell library and bspeller uses an 8-bit encoding.


Quoting Evan Martin <address@hidden>:

> Hello,
> I'm curious about Aspell's support for non-European languages.  I've
> seen at least two projects recently that spell-check Hebrew[1] and
> Arabic[2] and neither of them seem to be extensions to Aspell.  Could
> these projects be folded into Aspell, or would you say that some aspect
> of those languages (perhaps the morphology?  I don't know how clever
> Aspell is or whether it's all in the wordlist) is incompatible with
> Aspell's design?
> I'm sorry for the vague question.  I'm trying to determine whether I'll
> need to target multiple spelling backends simultaneously or whether
> Aspell will handle everything...
> [1]
> [2]
> -- 
>       Evan Martin
> address@hidden

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