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Re: Aspell Now Has Affix Compression Support

From: Kevin Atkinson
Subject: Re: Aspell Now Has Affix Compression Support
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2004 20:21:10 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 24 Jan 2004, Kevin Atkinson wrote:

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> I have just released another pre Aspell 0.51 snapshot, version 
> 0.51-20040124.  This snapshot has several major changed from the previous 
> one.  
> The biggest being support for Affix Compression.  Affix compression stores
> the root word and then a list of prefixes and suffixes that the word can
> take, and thus saves a lot of space.  The codebase comes from MySpell
> found in OpenOffice.  It uses the same affix file OpenOffice (and Mozilla)
> use.  However, affix compression is currently incomputable with sounds like 
> look up which means that the suggestion quality will suffer.
> The other major change is that the manual has been converted to texinfo 
> format thanks to the work of Chris Martin.
> Other changes from Aspell 0.50:
>   * Added support for loadable filters thanks to Christoph Hinterm├╝ller
>   * Enhanced TEX filter to support recognize accent commands, such as the
>     German umlaute, and to treat words with hyphenation characters in them
>     as one word, also thanks to Christoph Hinterm├╝ller
>   * Added gettext support thanks to Sergey Poznyakoff
>   * Reworked how the dictionary is stored to take up less space (around
>     80% for the English language) and be faster in some cases.
>   * Reworked the build system so that a single Makefile is used for most
>     of the code.
> I would really appreciate it if people could test it out and report back
> any bugs to the appropriate tracker at
> .
> Due to the changes in the build system I would really appreciate it if
> package maintains could attempt to package it and report back any
> problems.  Since this is a pre-release version please DO NOT replace
> Aspell 0.50 with the snapshot as I do not consider it sufficiently stable
> yet.  In particular, the way loadable filters are handles and the
> dictionary format may change before Aspell 0.51.
> I have registered the 'Aspell' domain with the Translation Project 
> (  This means 
> that if you wish to contribute to contribute a translation for Aspell you 
> should go through them.
> You can find the snapshot at
Make that  Sorry ;(

> Future snapshots will be uploaded to  It is
> unlikely that I will announce every snapshot release to
> aspell-announce.  So, if you are interested in following Aspell
> development I suggest you subscribe to aspell-devel.


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