New version of Dutch spell checking dictionary

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New version of Dutch spell checking dictionary

Simon Brouwer
  Hi all,

Today, on the European Day of the Languages, the project OpenTaal
( has released a new version of its Dutch spell
checking dictionary.
This new version was again successfully certified by the Nederlandse
Taalunie (Dutch Language Union, the institute that maintains the
official Dutch spelling)

More than 50,000 words were added to the dictionary. Also, the Hunspell
dictionary supports recognition of compound words. The big advantage of
this is that much fewer correct words are rejected.

Previous versions of the OpenTaal dictionary are being used by millions
of people. In first instance it is developed for use in open source
software such as, Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox, and
Google Chrome. But because of its liberal license it is also available
in, for example, Mac OSX and Opera.

The project OpenTaal is driven by Dutch and Belgian volunteers and
receives help from professional linguists. It aims to develop free and
open Dutch linguistic resources for use in open source projects.
OpenTaal is also developing a Dutch thesaurus and grammar checking. The
project is supported by the foundation Stichting OpenTaal.

Best regards,
Simon Brouwer.

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