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Linux.com: CLI Magic: Ispell

Nov 30, 2004, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"Unless you are one of those who writes everything you write from inside one of those behemoth office-style word (or is it world?) processors, a fast, convenient, powerful, and stand-alone spell checker is a very hand thing to have around. Luckily for us in the Unix/Linux world, we've had one forever: it's called Ispell. Climb down out of that rodent-driven environment you spend too much time in for awhile, and I'll show you.

"According to the International Ispell home page, R. E. Gorin chiseled the original out of PDP-10 assembler code in 1971. Pace Willison ported that version to C in the early 80s, and later in the decade it was adopted by Walt Buehring, who made it available on the Internet. The current version is maintained by Geoff Kuennig, who is also the guy who made it international. There is even a version for the Emacs afflicted, but we won't go into that..."

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