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[openFATE 305688] system wide spellchecker (hunspell)
Feature changed by: Tomáš Chvátal (scarabeus_iv)
Feature #305688, revision 28
Title: system wide spellchecker (hunspell)

openSUSE-11.2: Rejected by Stephan Kulow (coolo)
reject date: 2009-08-12 11:30:45
reject reason: too late for 11.2
Requester: Important

- openSUSE-11.3: Evaluation by project manager
+ openSUSE-11.3: Rejected by Tomáš Chvátal (scarabeus_iv)
+ reject date: 2017-06-28 14:23:28
+ reject reason: not done in time
Requester: Important

Info Provider: Michal Seben (mseben)
Requested by: Kálmán Kéménczy (kkemenczy)
Partner organization:

Why Hunspell?
MySpell is not developed for quite a long time either in Mozilla and in Hunspell is a fork of MySpell, it has great
improvements is several ways, and fully backward compatible with
MySpell. Main features:
* Extended support for language peculiarities; Unicode character
encoding, compounding and complex morphology.
* Improved suggestion using n-gram similarity, rule and dictionary
based pronounciation data.
* Morphological analysis, stemming and generation.
* GPL/LGPL/MPL tri-license
Fedora project:
Ubuntu project:
I also find a reference in the wishlist:

#2: Petr Mladek (pmladek) (2009-02-06 19:21:04)
In general, I think that it makes sense to have one system speelchecker
(disk space savings, easier maintainability, shared user-specific-
dictionary between applications, ...). I do not know the implementation
details but I heard from more sides that hunspell was the best choice.
It seems that Fedora and Ubuntu are going to use hunspell for this
purpose => we could resuse their solution has already used the system hunspell since openSUSE-
11.1. It used the internal hunspell long time before.

#3: Petr Gajdos (pgajdos) (2009-02-10 18:02:44)
I don't have any objections. But there are plenty of packages that
depends on aspell-devel, aspell or ispell. Question is if this is real
dependency or not. For example gtkspell had fake dependency on aspell-
devel, because it is linked againist enchant wrapper in fact. Many of
them are real, though -- they must be reworked then.

#4: Scott Couston (zczc2311) (2009-02-10 21:36:17)
Apart from the purely technical aspect, Myspell offers very very poor
English US and slightly better English UK suggestion choice and is
hugely dependent on the user getting the first two letters correctly
spelt speelt spellt in the word that is mispellt. - English is such a
poorly constructed language when it comes down to conventions that
always apply. There is very little logic in the English Language so
without * Improved suggestion using n-gram similarity, rule and
dictionary based pronounciation data. * Morphological analysis,
stemming and generation MySpell is very poor. - The other notable drag
with the very very poor UK dictionary that still gets confused between
US/UK words - and there is a huge difference. Quite often I cut and
past into Open Office as the spell checker and word choice offerings
are just so much better - in every sense. I would love to see us use
the same spell checker and language modules that Open Office use so we
can stop relying on other dictionary modules being developed and make
use of the continual development that is done for us by OO. - Love the
1 dictionary, love the continuity idea, but rather than reinvent
dictionary modules can we not use OO and its spell checker process.

#5: Petr Mladek (pmladek) (2009-02-11 11:35:57) (reply to #4)
I see that we have started to use hunspell in by default
since OOo-2.0 and January 2006. I am surprized that there is such a big
difference between myspell and hunspell but... In each case, it looks
like you have a good experience with hunspell.

#6: Scott Couston (zczc2311) (2009-02-11 22:10:48)
My PC always has a copy of OO Writer Open - I write all the text
anywhere else and before I commit I cut and paste to OO then correct
spelling and cut and paste back into dialog - Its that bad - and the
worst thing is the enormous amount of personal dictionaries any use can
have - I think we are up to about 7 or so user specific dictionaries
counting OO ;-)
Other advantages are there is an abundant number of localised .LEX(?)
files available for OO/FireFox/Thunderbird

#7: Scott Couston (zczc2311) (2009-02-27 23:19:23)
The Other Wonderful thing is that if we make this change the enormous
amount of dictionaries that are available in OO and continue to be
developed by Mozilla and other Interested Parties is a function win in
every respect - We will never have to re-invent the wheel in both the
type of spell checker and its associated dictionaries. The shear amount
of localisation between English in a UK/US/AU form is so unreal and the
size of the dictionary is so much larger than the current. Whilst we
are about it - Could we also have the ability to *easily* remove a word
that was added to a dictionary - I don't know about you - but getting
out a huge text editor to find the word we accidentally add to a
dictionary of any sort, is the biggest time waster of them all and we
end up never getting rid of our additions that are commonly created by
clicking on the wrong button during spell check. - NOT spell as you go
- Spell check of completed text.
While we are at this can we go to the point in providing a Universal
Network Dictionary Server NDS - I think that's best for me to open a
new feature request - but lets get this up and running much better in

#8: Scott Couston (zczc2311) (2011-04-13 03:50:11)
I was happy to learn that hunspell was implemented in about 11.1.....
The idea of having 1 system wide spell checker dictionary file was an
offspring of this request and is not going to happen in my life
time.... ...does anyone ever read or act on these feature requests...
why not partially close or add a comment to this effect when we went
over to system wide hunspell 2 or so years ago???

#9: Cor Blom (cornelisbb) (2011-10-08 23:53:52)
Hunspell is -- directly or via enchant -- supported by all major apps,
including firefox, libreoffie, kde, gnome. Other distro's already has
hunspell as system standard (for example fedora). The only thing that
needs to be done is make a decision and remove aspell and ispell from a
standard installation and disable aspell for enchant or split it off to
a seperate package. It is a nice feature for those who work in more
languages and needs to install more dictionaries. It is a pain when you
have to search which spellingbackend your program is using so that you
know which dictionaries to install and when you switch to a different
program to discover that another spellingbackend is used (or to think
that spellchecking is not working).
Something for 12.2 then?

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