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GNU Aspell 0.60.1 Released

From: Kevin Atkinson
Subject: GNU Aspell 0.60.1 Released
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2004 19:21:51 -0700 (MST)

GNU Aspell 0.60.1 is now available at:

GNU Aspell is a Free spell checker designed to eventually replace
Ispell.  It can either be used as a library or as an independent spell
checker.  Its main feature is that it does a much better job of
suggesting possible replacements for a misspelled word than just about
any other spell checker out there for the English language.  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.

Additional information on GNU Aspell can be found at

This release adds a new Nroff and Texinfo filter and fixes a number a bugs
and portability problems.

Complete list of changes from 0.60:

   * Lots of compile fixes for various platforms.

   * Miscellaneous bug fixes.

   * Added Nroff filter thanks to Sergey Poznyakoff.

   * The default filter mode when in pipe mode is now nroff for
     compatibility with Ispell.

   * Added Texinfo filter.

   * Added a section detailing the differences between Ispell and

   * Updated the section on thread safety.

   * Other miscellaneous manual changes such as updating the To Do and
     Authors section.

Major changes from 0.50.5:

   * Support for affix compression.

   * Better Unicode support.

With the new Nroff filter and support for affix compression Aspell should
be able to replace Ispell for most tasks.  The only significant area where
Ispell is better than Aspell is the ability to deal with arbitrary
multi-character letters such as old ASCII encodings of accented letters.  
However, support for this is on the To Do list.

With the release of GNU Aspell 0.60.1 it is my sincere hope that GNU
Aspell can replace Ispell as the de facto spell checker for all free
operating systems and possible all Unix like systems.  All known
Ispell dictionaries have been converted to Aspell format, except for
Albanian (sq) as I was unable to find the source word list.


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