Re: POW: Get ispell working

Subject: Re: POW: Get ispell working
From: Kevin Atkinson (
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 02:11:45 CDT

I should also point out that, I, the author of Pspell, would appreciate
it more if someone could get Pspell working on more platforms. It really
should not be that hard. I believe, it is mostly the issue of getting
libtool to handle the compiling of C++ libraries correctly (using the
multi-language branch). Libtool can handle the dynamic loading of
modules on most platforms including Win32 but it can't correctly compile
C++ libraries correctly on that platform.

There is also the issue that Aspell (not Pspell) may not be able to
compile using VC++. However I addressed that message in a previous email:

Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 19:32:28 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kevin Atkinson <>
To: Mike Nordell <>
Cc: AbiWord-dev <>
Subject: Re: ispell multilingual spellchecking

On Sat, 14 Apr 2001, Mike Nordell wrote:


> > Also it is unlikely you will be able to use VC++ for Pspell and Aspell it
> > is best to use Gcc (wither the Cygwin or MinGW version).
> > However, provided that you only the the extern "C" interface of Pspell
> > (which I believe you do), you should, at least in theory, be able to
> > compile Pspell/Aspell with MinGW Gcc and AbiWord with Visual C++. You can
> > easily provide binary versions of the Pspell/Aspell library for those who
> > want to work on AbiWord but don't want to mess with compiling it using
> > Gcc.
> Though it is a workaround, I'm not sure it's an acceptable solution.

Why Not? Pspell is not really a part of AbiWord, rather it is a library
that AbiWord is using.

> If it's
> buildable with the mingw gcc, it should also be buildable with MSVC
> (providing it's legal C/C++ code of course).

Aspell (not Pspell) uses a lot of advanced C++ features that I am not sure
MSVC can handle. Pspell will compile under MSVC but it is pretty useless
without a working spell checker.

__end email__

I personally think that you should let Ispell die, but, I am a bit biased.

The one main advantage Ispell has over Aspell is affix compression.
However, I would be glad to work with someone to add that feature to

Kevin Atkinson
kevina at users sourceforge net

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