Since upgrading to rawhide, I can't convince aspell to work properly rather than
in dumbed-down 'strip-accents' mode. It doesn't like the option in
/etc/aspell.conf which used to make it work correctly:
hades /home/dwmw2 $ aspell -a
Error: /etc/aspell.conf:1: The key "strip-accents" is unknown.
When I say 'correctly', I mean I expect it to accept correct spellings of words
with accents. And I expect it to _correct_ me if I accidentally miss an accent.
This shows it misbehaving. It says 'no, yes, no' and gets it wrong in all three
@(#) International Ispell Version 3.1.20 (but really Aspell 0.60.3)
& rÃ´le 35 0: role, Roley, rile, Rolfe, roles, tole, roe, Ole, ole, roll, rule,
prole, Rolf, roue, Cole, Dole, Pole, Rome, Rose, Rowe, Roze, bole, dole, hole,
mole, pole, robe, rode, rope, rose, rote, rove, sole, vole, role's
& cafÃ© 21 0: cafe, cafes, Cage, cage, chafe, caff, cave, CARE, Cale, Care, Case,
Cate, Caye, Rafe, cake, came, cane, cape, care, case, safe
The strip-accents option is not supported in the last version of aspell (see
/usr/share/doc/aspell-0.60.3/README). From the version 0.60 there have been
separated world lists with and without accents (aspell uses world lists without
The spell checking for text with accents should be done by set
master option to "world_list_with_accents" now.
There was a misstake in aspell man page - option strip-accents was mentioned
there. It is fixed from aspell-0.60.3-4.
Thanks, I'll try that.
Actually, I believe that the with-accents dictionary ought to be the _default_
now that we handle UTF-8 everywhere. The old excuse that keyboards and
typewriters can't handle accents is no longer valid.
Admittedly, there are people who _deliberately_ want to stick to ASCII, but in
general those are the people who can't be bothered to pay any attention to the
results of aspell anyway.
If people are actually bothering to run a spell-checker, or to pay any attention
to the results which an automatic spell-checker offers, then it's reasonable to
assume that they do actually care about being correct. They're probably omitting
the accents just because they don't know how to enter them, and a
spell-checker's auto-replace functionality could be very useful to them.
*** Bug 183204 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***