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bug#44318: 28.0.50; Problem with ispell/flyspell and ""enchant"" backend

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: bug#44318: 28.0.50; Problem with ispell/flyspell and ""enchant"" backend
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 21:39:40 +0200

> From: Reuben Thomas <rrt@sc3d.org>
> Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2020 18:53:54 +0000
> Cc: 44318@debbugs.gnu.org, dinkonin <dinkonin@gmail.com>
>  We are miscommunicating.  My point is that if Emacs will depend on
>  Enchant and won't be able to use the existing spellers without Enchant
>  being in-between, then we will be in a dire situation if Enchant stops
>  being developed and bit-rots.  By contrast, with the current code, we
>  can always tell users to use aspell/hunspell directly.
> What I was trying to say is that it would be very easy to re-add support for 
> the other spell-checkers, since
> they and Enchant operate in the same way, and they would not have changed in 
> the mean time.

If we switch to supporting only Enchant, the compatibility will soon
disappear.  And re-adding back deleted code is just waste of
resources.  So I still think this is not a good idea, sorry.

> in the end it should be less effort to maintain Enchant than to
> maintain multiple back-ends in ispell.el.

That's an advantage, indeed, but as I said before, the downsides
overwhelm it.

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