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Re: Evolution spellcheck (English (American))



On 1/20/07, Tim <ignored_mailbox yahoo com au> wrote:
On Fri, 2007-01-19 at 22:29 -0600, Jonathan Berry wrote:
> I was typing an email a minute ago and used the word "gauge" in it.
> After debating with myself on the spelling, I looked it up:
> http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=gauge
> Typing that in, Evolution did not like it!  This was just too bizarre
> not to share :-).  So, should I file a bug somewhere?  Where?  What
> does the spellchecking for Evolution?  Does anyone else see this?
> $ rpm -qa evolution
> evolution-2.8.2.1-3.fc6.x86_64

Hmm, you're lucky to have your language somewhat supported.  Ours isn't,
at all, so I've killed the spell checking.  However, for a change,

You could possibly create your own dictionary or do something like
that.  I know you at least have the option to add words when you
right-click on one it thinks is misspelled.

[snip]
<http://www.mail-archive.com/evolution-list gnome org/msg05180.html>
Suggests that aspell is used with it, as well.

This seems to be accurate.  I have three English dictionaries listed:
America, British, and Canadian.  These are also the ones provided in
the aspell-en package.  More conclusively, running aspell on a text
file with "gauge" in it, aspell doesn't know the word.  So, looks like
this is a deficiency in aspell's dictionary.

Interestingly, checking this same file with LANG=en_BR, aspell does
not complain.  So "gauge" appears to be in the British dictionary,
just not the American.  After some more poking around dictionary.com,
it looks like "gage" is a possible alternate spelling, though it has
its own, quite different, meaning as well.  Oh the joys of the English
language :-).  Perhaps it is assumed that "gage" is the preferred
American spelling.  I don't know.  I think I've mostly always seen it
as "gauge," but....  Maybe I'll just add it to my dictionary and be
done with it.  Or does someone else think this is bug-worthy?

Jonathan


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