GNU Aspell

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GNU Aspell
Developer(s) GNU Aspell developers
Stable release 0.60.6.1 / 4 July 2011; 3 years ago (2011-07-04)
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Spell checker
License GNU LGPL
Website aspell.net

GNU Aspell, usually called just Aspell, is a free software spell checker designed to replace Ispell. It is the standard spell checker for the GNU software system. It also compiles for other Unix-like operating systems and Windows. The main program is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL), the documentation under the GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDL). Dictionaries for it are available for about 70 languages.[1] The primary maintainer is Kevin Atkinson.

Comparison to Ispell[edit]

Unlike Ispell, Aspell can also easily check documents in UTF-8 without having to use a special dictionary. Aspell will also do its best to respect the current locale setting. Other advantages over Ispell include support for using multiple dictionaries at once and intelligently handling personal dictionaries when more than one Aspell process is open at once. However, Ispell follows the Unix convention of being a command applied to a file, e.g., ispell text-file-with-spelling-errors, Aspell requires other command-line options, and the "--help" option is more comprehensive. Sample uses include:

  • Interactively run through the text_file checking the spelling (aspell check text_file).
  • Allows typing a word (followed by newline and Ctrl-D) to find words that sound the same (aspell soundslike).

Windows port[edit]

As of January 2013, the latest official Windows port of GNU Aspell was still 32-bit version 0.50.3 (Dec 2002), with dictionaries of similar age.[2] The developer says he has "no time and very little interest in maintaining a Windows port", and has been looking for somebody to maintain it.[3] However, the LyX project maintains a separate fork of Aspell for Windows and dictionaries, and say "the LyX project has long solved the Windows packaging problem by forking Aspell", although as of October 2011 the latest versions were dated 2009.[4][5]

Regularly updated Cygwin port of aspell could be used in Windows too.

Integration[edit]

Aspell has been integrated into software such as Gajim,[6] LyX, Notepad++ and previously Pidgin,[7] Opera,[8][9] gedit and AbiWord.

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