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7.3 Phonetic Code

Aspell is in fact the spell checker that comes up with the best suggestions if it finds an unknown word. One reason is that it does not just compare the word with other words in the dictionary (like Ispell does) but also uses phonetic comparisons with other words.

The new table driven phonetic code is very flexible and setting up phonetic transformation rules for other languages is not difficult but there can be a number of stumbling blocks — that’s why I wrote this section.

The main phonetic code is free of any language specific code and should be powerful enough to allow setting up rules for any language. Anything which is language specific is kept in a plain text file and can easily be edited. So it’s even possible to write phonetic transformation rules if you don’t have any programming skills. All you need to know is how words of the language are written and how they are pronounced.

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