GNU Aspell 0.60 is now available at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/aspell-0.60.tar.gz
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 superior 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 http://aspell.net.
The two major changes in this release, as compared to 0.50.5, are support for affix compression and better Unicode support.
Complete list of changes from 0.50.5:
With support for affix compression finally being implement Aspell should be able to replace Ispell for most tasks. The only major feature that Ispell has which Aspell does not is a nroff filter, which can easilly be corrected if someone who knows nroff well is willing to work with me to add it.
With the release of GNU Aspell 0.60 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.
GNU Aspell can support any of the following languages, many of which already have dictionaries available:
Code Language Name Dictionary Gettext Available Translation aa Afar - - af Afrikaans 0.50 - ak Akan - - am Amharic Planned - ar Arabic Planned - as Assamese - - ast Asturian / Bable Maybe - av Avar - - ay Aymara - - az Azerbaijani 0.60 - ba Bashkir - - ban Balinese Maybe - be Belarusian 0.50 Incomplete bem Bemba Maybe - bg Bulgarian 0.50 - bh Bihari - - bi Bislama Maybe - bm Bambara - - bn Bengali 0.60 - bo Tibetan - - br Breton 0.50 - bs Bosnian Maybe - ca Catalan / Valencian 0.50 - ce Chechen - - ceb Cebuano Maybe - ch Chamorro Maybe - co Corsican Maybe - cs Czech 0.50 Yes cv Chuvash - - cy Welsh 0.50 - da Danish 0.50 Incomplete de German 0.50 Yes ee Ewe - - el Greek 0.50 - en English 0.50 Yes eo Esperanto 0.50 - es Spanish 0.50 Incomplete et Estonian 0.60 - eu Basque Maybe - fa Persian Maybe - ff Fulah - - fi Finnish 0.60 - fj Fijian Maybe - fo Faroese 0.50 - fr French 0.50 Yes fur Friulian Maybe - fy Frisian Maybe - ga Irish 0.50 Yes gd Scottish Gaelic 0.50 - gl Gallegan 0.50 - gn Guarani Maybe - gu Gujarati Maybe - gv Manx Gaelic 0.50 - ha Hausa Maybe - haw Hawaiian Maybe - he Hebrew 0.60 - hi Hindi Maybe - hil Hiligaynon Maybe - ho Hiri Motu - - hr Croatian 0.50 - hsb Upper Sorbian 0.60 - ht Haitian Creole Maybe - hu Hungarian 0.60 - hy Armenian - - hz Herero - - ia Interlingua (IALA) 0.50 - iba Iban Maybe - id Indonesian 0.50 - ig Igbo Maybe - ii Sichuan Yi - - ilo Iloko Maybe - io Ido - - is Icelandic 0.50 - it Italian 0.50 - jv Javanese - - ka Georgian - - kac Kachin Maybe - kg Kongo Maybe - ki Kikuyu / Gikuyu - - kj Kwanyama - - kk Kazakh - - kl Kalaallisut / Maybe - Greenlandic kn Kannada - - kok Konkani Maybe - kr Kanuri - - ks Kashmiri - - ku Kurdish Maybe - kv Komi - - kw Cornish Maybe - ky Kirghiz - - la Latin 0.60 - lb Luxembourgish Maybe - lg Ganda Maybe - li Limburgian Maybe - ln Lingala Maybe - lt Lithuanian 0.60 - lu Luba-Katanga - - luo Luo (Kenya and Maybe - Tanzania) lv Latvian 0.60 - mg Malagasy Maybe - mh Marshallese Maybe - mi Maori 0.50 - min Minangkabau Maybe - mk Macedonian 0.50 - ml Malayalam Maybe - mn Mongolian 0.60 Yes mo Moldavian - - mr Marathi Maybe - ms Malay 0.50 - mt Maltese 0.50 - my Burmese - - nb Norwegian Bokmal 0.50 - nd North Ndebele Maybe - nds Low Saxon Maybe - ne Nepali Maybe - ng Ndonga Maybe - nl Dutch 0.50 Yes nn Norwegian Nynorsk 0.50 - nr South Ndebele - - nso Northern Sotho Maybe - nv Navajo - - ny Nyanja 0.50 - oc Occitan / Provencal Maybe - om Oromo - - or Oriya - - os Ossetic - - pa Punjabi - - pam Pampanga Maybe - pap Papiamento Maybe - pl Polish 0.50 - ps Pushto - - pt Portuguese 0.50 Incomplete qu Quechua 0.60 - rn Rundi Maybe - ro Romanian 0.50 Incomplete ru Russian 0.50 Yes rw Kinyarwanda 0.50 - sc Sardinian 0.50 - sd Sindhi - - se Northern Sami Maybe - sg Sango - - si Sinhalese - - sk Slovak 0.50 - sl Slovenian 0.50 - sm Samoan Maybe - sn Shona Maybe - so Somali Maybe - sq Albanian Maybe - sr Serbian Maybe Incomplete ss Swati Maybe - st Southern Sotho Maybe - su Sundanese Maybe - sv Swedish 0.50 - sw Swahili 0.50 - ta Tamil 0.60 - te Telugu Maybe - tet Tetum 0.50 - tg Tajik Maybe Incomplete ti Tigrinya Maybe - tk Turkmen Planned - tl Tagalog 0.50 - tn Tswana 0.50 - to Tonga Maybe - tpi Tok Pisin Maybe - tr Turkish 0.50 - ts Tsonga Maybe - tt Tatar - - tw Twi - - ty Tahitian Maybe - ug Uighur - - uk Ukrainian 0.50 Yes ur Urdu Maybe - uz Uzbek 0.60 - ve Venda Maybe - vi Vietnamese 0.60 - wa Walloon 0.50 Incomplete wo Wolof - - xh Xhosa Maybe - yi Yiddish 0.60 - yo Yoruba - - za Zhuang - - zu Zulu 0.50 -
Dictionaries marked as "0.50" are available for Aspell 0.50. Ones marked as "0.60" are available for Aspell 0.60 only. Ones marked as "Planned" should eventually be available. Ones marked as "Maybe" might be available in the future. See http://aspell.net/man-html/Planned-Dictionaries.html for more info.
Dictionaries can be downloaded at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/dict/
Finally, if you wish to support the continuing development of Aspell please consider donating. Your donation will encouraging me, Kevin Atkinson, to continue to spend my time developing Aspell. Without your support Aspell may go into another period of non-development as was the case for most of 2003.
If you wish to contribute a modest amount of money you can do so now by using the SourceForge donation system: http://sourceforge.net/donate/index.php?group_id=245.
If you wish to talk to me (as in over the phone) before contributing money, or wish to only contribute money towards development of a certain area of Aspell, this can be arranged.