[gedit-list] GEdit inline spelling and GtkSpell

(Please CC me, as I'm not on the GEdit list.)

Hello all,

I noticed in a GNOME announcement that GEdit had support for inline
spell checking.  I'm interested in spell checking, so I looked at the
GEdit code, and I was a little surprised to find that GEdit had
copied[1] the code from my project[2] verbatim.

Don't get me wrong-- this is perfectly fine, legally, and I'm not upset
with you, but from a technical standpoint I'm a little confused.
The primary reason GtkSpell is distributed as a library is so when bugs
are fixed in GtkSpell, the fixes work in all other projects that use
GtkSpell (including Gaim and Pan, among others).  Now, if I fix a bug in
GtkSpell (or extend it, for example to languages not covered by aspell),
the problem remains in GEdit, and it becomes more difficult to keep
track of which versions are where.

For example, I notice you've even had a bug reported[3] which has since
been fixed in GtkSpell.

So:  Is there something I could do to make GEdit and GtkSpell cooperate?
I'm happy to extend the API in whichever way you need, but I need to
hear from you because it suits my needs[4] just fine.  :)

[1] http://cvs.gnome.org/bonsai/cvsblame.cgi?file=gedit%2Fplugins%2Fspell/gedit-automatic-spell-checker.c&rev=&root=/cvs/gnome
[2] http://gtkspell.sourceforge.net
[3] http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=97861
[4] http://logjam.danga.com

      Evan Martin
martine cs washington edu

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