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Old 11-20-2010, 02:35 AM
Sam Varshavchik
 
Default Firefox, Aspell, and GPL/LGPL

Firefox's spell checker just complained at me about "theater". It wants me
to spell it as "theatre", instead.


Running aspell from the command line confirmed that it had to problems with
the Yankee spelling, so Firefox must be using its own dictionary, instead of
aspell. I distinctly remember an old thread which discussed a push to get
all apps to use the system aspell dictionary, where possible.


Looking around, I found an old article from 2006 which claimed that the
roadblocker to Firefox integrating aspell is aspell's GPL license:


http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/ben/archives/016618.html

However, the aspell RPM right now tells me that it's "LGPLv2 and LGPLv2+ and
GPLv2+ and MIT". Looks like aspell's license has change since then. I think
it would be nice to review the subject of getting Firefox integrated with
aspell.


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Old 11-20-2010, 03:07 AM
Andrew McNabb
 
Default Firefox, Aspell, and GPL/LGPL

On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 10:35:03PM -0500, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> Firefox's spell checker just complained at me about "theater". It
> wants me to spell it as "theatre", instead.

There's an open bug about this since Fedora 9:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=439598

Unfortunately, it hasn't gotten much attention.

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Old 11-21-2010, 02:48 AM
Kevin Kofler
 
Default Firefox, Aspell, and GPL/LGPL

Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> Running aspell from the command line confirmed that it had to problems
> with the Yankee spelling, so Firefox must be using its own dictionary,
> instead of aspell. I distinctly remember an old thread which discussed a
> push to get all apps to use the system aspell dictionary, where possible.

Uh, the default spellchecker in Fedora is hunspell, not aspell. Firefox also
uses hunspell, and so do OO.o, all KDE apps (by default), all apps using
Enchant (by default) etc. There are very few applications in Fedora which do
not default to hunspell, we worked hard on making everything important use
hunspell. See: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureDictionary

The issue you're seeing is with the settings being passed to hunspell by
Firefox.

Kevin Kofler

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