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Note: Beginning with 2.0 support for the aspell command line program has been dropped. Although the aspell library (aspell 0.60.x) is still supported, Windows binaries are compiled without this feature. Windows users should thus use either Hunspell or Enchant.
Aspell is located on SourceForge.
Aspell itself does not provide a windows installer for Aspell6. If you need to install Aspell separately on windows, it can be downloaded from the LyX repositories:
Aspell is modular, a spell checker and separate dictionaries for different languages.
In other words, to use Aspell, both the program and a suitable dictionary needs to be installed.
The LyX Windows installers attempts to install both Aspell and suitable dictionaries. The Aspell application itself can be downloaded from SourceForge for Windows, but not the dictionaries. We therefore create separate dictionary installers to create the dictionaries for different languages.
Some related discussions on the LyX developers' list:
The dictionary installers are primarily located at
Alternative download repository:
Location of old dictionary installers
Dictionary installers used by the old (official) LyX installers used to be stored in the wiki's uploads directory.
The current dictinary format has number '6', and it is not expected to change soon.
The name a dictionary installer can be as follows:
A new dictionary installer for a language may be created because:
How will we deal with old versions of dictionary (installers)?
When a new dictionary comes along, we'll eventually catch up and produce a corresponding dictonary installer. Then we'll eventually make an updated LyX installer, that'll refer to the new dictionary installer. However, the old LyX installers will still refer to the old dictionary installer, so in order to not break those we need keep the old dictionary installers around.
One way to make the installer always use the latest version of a dictonary installer, could to use symbolic links (called e.g.