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Re: Please focus on one generic spell checker in Debian (Was: Bug#487732: O: ispell -- International Ispell (an interactive spelling corrector))

Le 1 juil. 08 à 14:59, Michael Tautschnig a écrit :

Am Dienstag, 1. Juli 2008 12:33:18 schrieb Lars Wirzenius:
ti, 2008-07-01 kello 12:10 +0200, Thibaut Paumard kirjoitti:
Come on, UTF-8 is good.

UTF-8 also 16 years old. [...] Surely it's enough
age for a character set encoding to be accepted into general use?

Debian's Social Contract says that "Our priorities are our users and free software". It does _not_ say that "Debian should tell users what is good".

And further, if our users request that some spellchecker support the LaTeX-style
umlauts, then we should better support them.

Sure, I didn't want to imply a disagreement here. I was just triggered by the rant against UTF-8. Those tools that don't support UTF-8 should be fixed, but at the same time we must not force users to use it. Indeed, when writing papers in some scientific journals, I stick to 7-bit encoding just to be on the safe side, as I'm not sure of their editorial process. At those moments I'm happy to have a spell-checker that treats LaTeX-style accents correctly (although those are only in proper nouns as those papers are in English anyway).

Regards, Thibaut.

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