From: Andrew Dunbar (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Aug 13 2002 - 22:56:03 EDT
--- Raphael Finkel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I want to build an Abiword spelling list for Yiddish
> (Unicode). What tools
> do I need in order to build it? I have a list of
> 60K Unicode entries ready
> to go. I use Linux.
Hi Raphael. There may be some special problems for
doing a Yiddish spell-checker that make it trickier
than latin-alphabet spell-chekcers.
Firstly, ispell and aspell (which we use for our
spell-checking) can only handle 8-bit encodings, so
need to find an encoding which you can convert the
Unicode to this format. I don't know enough about
Yiddish but I do know that there is more than one
orthography or spelling standard, so we need to be
to tell people which one it uses. Then, I believe
some spelling standards require vowel points in
certain places whereas in others they are always
First you need to find whether the words you want to
use as the spelling word list use vowel points at all.
Then you need to find if there is an Encoding which
supports the vowel points - hopefully they do.
If they do, you have to decide whether to include both
words with and without vowel points in one dictionary.
If you either a) don't need vowel points or b) find
an 8-bit encoding that can handle vowel points, it
should be identical to getting spellchecking to work
for any other language.
Apologies for any naive assumptions I may have made
about Yiddish. I know what I've said does apply to
Hebrew at least.
> Raphael Finkel
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