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bug#20741: 24.4; flyspell doesn't work with abbreviations ending in a pe

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: bug#20741: 24.4; flyspell doesn't work with abbreviations ending in a period
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 22:42:39 +0100

On 5 June 2015 at 20:23, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> From: Reuben Thomas <address@hidden>
> Date: Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:06:40 +0100
> flyspell marks as incorrect “etc.”, “i.e.”, “e.g.” &c.

I can reproduce part of this with en_GB, but not with en_US.  So I
think it's an issue with the dictionary, not with flyspell or ispell.

The en_US dictionary contains "etc", which is incorrect.

What OTHERCHARS are you looking at?  In Emacs 24.4 and later,
ispell.el takes that value from the dictionary's .aff file, not from
the internal database.  So if you customized ispell-dictionary-alist,
try without those customizations, you shouldn't need them in v24.4.

​Oh dear, after ​further investigation this turns out to be because Debian overrides ispell.el and flyspell.el with its own patched versions, which predate Emacs 24.4 (they are from 2013).

In what follows, I have moved these patched files aside, and am definitely working with just Emacs 24.4's versions!

Now, still using hunspell, and having removed "i.e", "e.g" and "etc" from my en_GB spelling list, I get exactly the same highlighting.
> ispell sets my default dictionary to en_GB (from my locale, I presume),

Yes.  But you can override that, if you want.

​I don't want to override it, it's fine.

​When I mention OTHERCHARS, I am looking at the documentation for ispell-dictionary-alist. Indeed, when I change language, and I am using hunspell, the language definitions seem to be auto-generated. With hunspell, OTHERCHARS is set to include ".".​ But indeed, removing it or moving it into CASECHARS and NOT-CASECHARS still seems not to help, so I'm back to my original workaround.

But indeed, apart from when I specifically mentioned customising the dictionary, I am working with Emacs's default values, not customised at all.

​Thanks very much for your help with this.


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