By Deane Barker on October 3, 2004

GNU Aspell: I thought this was kind of interesting. Given my ignorance, I’m sure it’s been around for years.

GNU Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. It can either be used as a library or as an independent spell checker. Its main feature is that it does a superior job of suggesting possible replacements for a misspelled word than just about any other spell checker out there for the English language.

There’s a PHP API for it, though I seriously doubt many servers have it compiled in. Of course, Perl has an interface as well.

I searched for a while but couldn’t find an actual sample of using it for server-side spell checking (either checking user’s content text or checking search terms). If you know of an implementation with code samples, speak up.



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