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    Pauli,

    Thank you for sharing the results of your experiment with the German Hunspell file with us.

    Before learning about your experiment I did a similar one with the English one. My results were the opposite of yours.

    Here are the details:
    Wikipedia gave me "doghouse" as an example of a composite word. Then I tried to look up each of the 3 words,
    dog, house and doughouse in my Firefox en-US.dic. To my great surprise I did find all 3 words.
    In other words in the English dictionary Hunspell does not use the fact doghouse is a composite word.

    Now I would like to report on a similar experiment.
    I wanted to find out how Hunspell treats declined words. So I was searching for the word "houses" in en-US.dic.
    I did not find it. I took this to mean that the word houses is there in a coded form. In fact I noticed that it is "tagged".

    Then I did the same experiment with the file English.vdf. There I did find the word "houses".

    I also would like to report to Scott that I did not find the word Peter. I only found peter.


    PS.
    I just noticed that I could say that a thought experiment of mine with the English Hunspell CONFIRMED
    Pauli's experiment with the German Hunspell file:

    Here it is: My thought experiment is to use Pauli's conversion macro to convert the English Hunspell file to .vdf format.
    Then I get a perfectly correct .vdf file. However I loose words in the process. In particular, I loose declined words.



    -peter

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    German doesn't use the apostrophe (or accents) as in French.
    However, it has three "umlauts":
    Traditional German also has an "eszett" which looks like a capital Beta:
    I don't know if the eszett is still used much in modern "Internet" German.

    So, as long as Scribe can handle 8-bits chars, it should be able to handle German just fine.
    French is another story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrvedit View Post
    German doesn't use the apostrophe (or accents) as in French.
    However, it has three "umlauts":
    Traditional German also has an "eszett" which looks like a capital Beta:
    I don't know if the eszett is still used much in modern "Internet" German.

    So, as long as Scribe can handle 8-bits chars, it should be able to handle German just fine.
    French is another story.
    Hi Ted,

    Thank you for the info on the apostrophe in German. I am thinking perhaps Spanish next, In the Southern US, a working knowledge of Spanish is a benefit. Will avoid French for now. Scott
    Using Vedit 6.21.3, (32 bit), dated 9/12/11 running on Windows 7 (64 bit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal View Post
    I think you should be able to add full line comments in the (main) dictionary file.
    As comment delimiter, you can use any character(s) that can not be part of a word, so // should work fine.
    The binary search expects the whole line to match with the word being searched. A comment would be just another line that does not match.
    Pauli,

    Somehow, I missed this message of yours.
    So, a belated big thank you.


    -peter

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