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Re: [aspell-devel] Is Aspell Still Relevant in Light of Hunspell?

From: Ethan Bradford
Subject: Re: [aspell-devel] Is Aspell Still Relevant in Light of Hunspell?
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 12:29:17 -0700

Hunspell seems to have much more active support, and the morphological advantages it has over Aspell (multiple suffixes, suffixes and prefixes on the same word) make it easier to work with for Arabic and Turkish, the two languages I've worked on.  I guess my ideal world would be putting all the work that's going into Aspell into providing Hunspell with any additional Aspell capabilities it's missing, so there's one strongly supported open-source spell checker.

On 10/10/07, Kevin Atkinson <address@hidden> wrote:

Since hunspell comes out it seams like no one cares much about Aspell. For
example, it seams that RedHat wants to completely eliminate all spell
checkers except Hunspell:

Originally Hunspell was designed to replace MySpell in OpenOffice however
since then it has become an independent spell checker with many of the
same features of Ispell/Aspell.  Although it is never explicitly states
the Hunspell is intended as a better Aspell (in fact they hardly mention
Aspell at all), it is in a prime position to completely replace Aspell.
In fact the most recent version even has support for "dictionary based
phonetic suggestion" [Hunspell ChangeLog].

So the question is: Do You think Aspell is still relevant in light of

I have my own option on the matter but I thought I would post to
aspell-devel first to get others opinions.  I might also post this to

Thanks in advance.

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