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Re: ispell.el doesn't find all of aspell's dictionaries

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Re: ispell.el doesn't find all of aspell's dictionaries
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 01:38:01 -0400

Thanks for implementing this.  I will send you the papers.

    My code specifies UTF-8 as the encoding to use for all communications
    with aspell.  This is very convenient for the programmer, but will
    fail in these cases:

    * Some code passes a word to spellcheck on the command line, as
      opposed to through stdin.  (aspell will interpret it according to
      the current locale.)  I haven't checked for this thoroughly.

Would you please check that code?

    * Some language supported by aspell can't be encoded in UTF-8.  Seems
      unlikely to me.

I agree.

    * aspell is compiled without UTF-8 support.  Its README file says that
      the prerequisites are lib{n,}cursesw and the mblen function, which
      should be present on any modern GNU system, and many others.

Could you make sure it gets a clean error if aspell does not have
UTF-8 support?

Would this be solved most cleanly by having aspell provide some
additional info about each dictionary?

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