The Ispell and Aspell command line spellcheckers

SPELLING LESSON

Article from Issue 63/2006
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Nobody is safe from typos and jumbled up words. Spellcheckers like Ispell and Aspell keep the letters in the right places.

Spellcheckers in office packages and mail programs help find typos and suggest alternative spellings. Ispell and Aspell proofread your files at the command line, and, although they can’t replace a good dictionary, they are extremely reliable helpers.

Ispell is a mature application that has been on various Unix derivatives for many years now. The GNU project introduced Aspell as a potential successor. Aspell comes with dictionaries for various languages and can handle UTF-8 (in contrast to Ispell).

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