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Release 1.4 (June 24, 2017)

 * This month, the Academy of the Hebrew Language published a new version
   of their niqqud-less spelling standard, with some important changes from
   the old rules - mostly adding yod and waw in additional places.
   This version of Hspell will be the last one following the previous
   spelling standard. The next release will be named "2.0" and will follow
   the new spelling standard.

 * The niqqudless.odt document, which describes (in Hebrew) Hspell's
   spelling standard, is finally complete at 110 pages. There is still room
   for improvement and more content to expect in the next releases, but the
   current document no longer has any major holes, and discusses the majority
   of spelling issues that we've encountered while developing Hspell.

 * Vocabulary: 469,509 words (when built with "--enable-fatverb")
               based on 24534 base words: 12929 nouns, 3897 adjectives,
               5269 verb stems, and 2439 other words.

Release 1.3 (February 25, 2015)

 * Some spelling inaccuracies fixed, and 400 base words added.

 * Continued to improve the niqqudless.odt document, which describes (in
   Hebrew) Hspell's spelling standard. The document is still a draft, but
   is already over 100 pages, discusses the majority of spelling issues
   we've encountered while developing Hspell, and is a good place to turn to
   if you're not sure why Hspell expects you to spell a particular word
   in a particular way.

 * Vocabulary: 468,508 words (when built with "--enable-fatverb")
               based on 24495 base words: 12908 nouns, 3889 adjectives,
               5261 verb stems, and 2437 other words.

Release 1.2 (February 28, 2012)

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and 600 base words added.

 * Continued to improve the niqqudless.odt document, which describes Hspell's
   spelling standard. The document is still incomplete, but is already over
   80 pages long and may already explain spelling issues you've been
   pondering - so take a look!

 * Fixed bugs which could cause the "hspell" command to core-dump on some
   words with a lot of apostrophes (because they were confused with gimatria),
   and hspell_trycorrect() to core-dump on an empty word.

 * Fixed a bug which caused us to accept a definite article on verbs with
   objects, e.g., הכובשן.

 * The "myspell" target was removed, as this format has been all but abandoned
   in recent years. Use "make hunspell" instead.

 * The "hunspell" target used to use a utility called "doubleaffixcompress"
   to make the dictionary smaller. This utility is in fact broken, and is no
   longer used in this release - resulting in bigger, but more correct
   hunspell-format dictionaries.

 * In previous releases, generated hunspell and aspell dictionaries incorrectly
   accepted bare infinitive verbs, e.g., ישון. This is fixed in this release
   for hunspell dictionaries, using the hunspell-specific NEEDAFFIX feature.
   Unfortunately, aspell does not have this feature, so the aspell dictionary
   still has this bug. Added a "make test" to test this bug.

 * The "--enable-aspell" configure parameter was removed - use "make aspell"
   instead. Also added a "make he.rws" target to build he.rws from he.wl.
   See the INSTALL file for more information about building Hebrew
   dictionaries for various multilingual spell-checkers.

 * Added new "--enable-shared" configure parameter to build a shared library
   libhspell.so, which would be used when compiling the "hspell" tool.

 * Vocabulary: 464,725 words (when built with "--enable-fatverb")
               based on 24082 base words: 12718 nouns, 3786 adjectives,
               5244 verb stems, and 2334 other words.

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Release 1.1 (December 31, 2009)

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and 900 base words added.

 * This release introduces a new a document (in Hebrew), niqqudless.odt,
   which explains in detail Hspell's spelling standard, and why Hspell
   spells some words the way it does. If you ever wondered whether
   (or why) Hspell's spelling is justified, this is the document for you.
   This first release is still far from explaining all of the spelling
   questions that we have encountered while developing Hspell, so be on
   the lookout for newer releases of this document on Hspell's website.
   On the website, you can also find the same document in alternative
   formats, such as PDF; The source package contains only the source of
   the document, in OpenOffice format.

 * Fixed some makefile errors, and modernized some makefile targets.

 * The myspell dictionary created by "make myspell" now uses a different
   encoding, and as result loads as much as 10 times faster in the
   "hunspell" multilingual spell-checker.
   Also added a new makefile target "hunspell", which generates a dictionary
   especially for hunspell, which is smaller and uses less memory than the
   myspell dictionary.

 * Vocabulary: 461,326 words (when built with "--enable-fatverb")
               based on 23486 base words: 12445 nouns, 3583 adjectives,
               5242 verb stems, and 2216 other words

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Release 1.0 (May 16, 2006):

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added:
   1,500 base words added.

 * Fixed small bugs in the generation of dictionaries in the aspell format
   (for aspell) and myspell format (for Mozilla and OpenOffice), and made
   these files somewhat smaller.

 * New "hebeng" make target, which generates an xpi file like the "mozilla"
   target, but instead of taking only the Hebrew word list, it merges it
   with another English word list. This can allow mixed Hebrew-English
   spell-checking in Mozilla.

 * When Hspell was given Hebrew words with niqqud (in the cp1255 encoding)
   it used to incorrectly split them on the niqqud characters. Now it
   collects the entire word, with its niqqud, and by default considers it
   to be an error (as Hspell cannot check its correctness). To accept
   this voweled word as correct, you can add it to your personal dictionary.

 * Hspell is part of Fedora Extras and is available in places such as
   http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/extras/4/SRPMS/.
   To save the pain of maintaining two RPM packages, the hspell.spec file
   was removed form the tarball.

 * A new "-vv" option prints some information on optional Hspell features
   enabled at compile time. It can be used, for example, to check if
   morphological analysis has been enabled, by checking
       hspell -vv | grep -q LINGINFO

 * Small bug fixes and manual page improvements.

 * Vocabulary: 455,043 words (when built with "--enable-fatverb")
               based on 22589 base words: 11724 nouns, 3297 adjectives,
               5223 verb stems, and 2345 other words

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Release 0.9 (January 13, 2005):

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added: almost
   2,500 base words added.

 * Continued the effort to export Hspell's dictionary (word list and valid
   prefix information) to formats used by other spell-checking frameworks.
   The "aspell" make target finally works correctly, and was used to generate
   a Hebrew dictionary for Aspell 0.6 (ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/dict/he/).
   A new "myspell" target generates a dictionary in Myspell format, suitable
   for use in OpenOffice and Mozilla. The "mozilla" target prepares an xpi
   package for Mozilla out of that dictionary.

 * C API improvements: New hspell_set_dictionary_path() function to tell
   Hspell where its dictionaries were installed. Fixed bug on UTF8 locales
   and removed spurious printouts.

 * "Hspell -a" (ispell-like pipe API) improvements: words can now be added to
   personal dictionary. This means that the "Add word" in KDE, LyX, and other
   Hspell-using applications will finally work.

 * Fixed errors in the morphological analyzer ("-l" option, when built
   with --enable-linginfo). Also, now if the "-l" and "-c" options are given
   together to hspell, morphological analysis is given also for correction
   suggestions, and those are given even for words which are already correct.

 * Fixed many other bugs. Check out http://ivrix.org.il/bugzilla/.

 * Vocabulary: 445,081 words (when built with "--enable-fatverb")
               based on 21087 base words: 10728 nouns, 3008 adjectives,
               5207 verb stems, and 2144 other words

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Release 0.8 (June 21, 2004):

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added: almost
   2,000 base words added.

 * Reorganized and simplified directory structure of source distribution,
   and added "autoconf" configuration (use "configure" before "make").

   See "configure --help" for a list of build-time options, such as to enable
   more verb forms and to enable a morphological analyzer for the "-l" option.
   See the INSTALL file for more instructions.

   The old Perl "hspell.pl", deprecated in release 0.6, is now gone.

 * If available, use zlib instead of an external gzip process to read the
   compressed dictionaries. On our tests, this reduced startup time 2-6 fold.
   It also allows the Hspell API to be used on systens where pipes or
   gzip are not available, but zlib is (namely, Windows).

 * Improved Hspell's C api. There is a new function hspell_uninit() for
   reclaiming memory allocated by hspell_init(), and all exit() calls
   were purged from the Library (printouts are still there, unfortunately).

   NOTE: Because Hspell now uses zlib (see above), when using the libhspell.a
   library you must now also link with the zlib (-lz) library. This is
   especially important to remember when looking for libhspell in your own
   configure scripts.

 * Fixed a few bugs: in morphological analyzer, handling of files without
   a newline, and more.

 * It is now possible to use Hspell's Hebrew word list (and valid prefix
   information) in the upcoming versions of the Aspell spell-checker.
   A new build option, "configure --enable-aspell", creates the two files
   "he.cwl" and "he_affix.dat" which can then be used to build Aspell's
   Hebrew dictionary.

   We would like to thank Kevin Atkinson and Kevin Patrick Scannell for
   their efforts in fixing Aspell's affix support, and making Aspell a
   viable multi-lingual spell-checker.

 * Vocabulary: 425,709 words (when including kinuyim on verbs)
               based on 8935 nouns, 2181 adjectives, 5192 verb stems, and
	       2289 other words


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Release 0.7 (December 22, 2003):

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added: over
   1,000 base words added.

 * Portability improvements (thanks to Baruch Even).

 * New run-time option -H causes hspell to accept He Ha-she'ela in the text.

 * The "-n" option (for spelling hints, an explanation of certain kinds of
   errors) that was lost in version 0.6, is now back. The "likelyerrors"
   feature is still missing in this version.

 * A new, and somewhat tentative, Documented C API (libhspell.a library,
   spell.h header, hspell.3 manual). This are not available in the normal
   RPM - compile the sources yourself if you want them.

 * A full morphological analyzer (explaining all the possible ways to read
   a given word, how each reading was derived and its syntactic properties)
   is now available when Hspell is run with the "-l" option.

   Because the data files needed for this feature currently take up as much
   as 4 times the space needed only for spell-checking, and because the
   collection and sorting of linguistic information makes the compilation
   takes much longer, this feature is not compiled by default, unless
   compilation is done with "make linginfo". Also, the normal RPM does not
   include this feature, but the "fat" RPM does include it.
   An innovative parade of hash symbols now appears on screen to the benefit
   of the bored builder :)

 * Vocabulary: 406,629 words (when including kinuyim on verbs)
               based on 8042 nouns, 1783 adjectives, 5113 verb stems, and
	       1880 other words

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Release 0.6 (August 5, 2003):

 In this release, the Hspell front-end (the hspell program) was rewritten.
 The new front-end has many improvements over the old one, but also a few
 setbacks - features that are (temporarily) unavailable because they weren't
 yet ported to the new version.

 The improvements:

 * A huge performance improvement - hspell now starts up, and runs, at least
   20 times faster than it used to and takes less than one fifth the memory.

 * The new front-end is written in C, so Hspell can now run on systems which
   do not have Perl. Perl is still needed for building Hspell from source.

 * The list of allowed prefixes was improved (joined work with Shlomo Yona)
   and hspell now finally knows which prefixes are valid for most words,
   reducing the risk of accepting misspellings as correct and reducing the
   number of silly (and wrong) correction suggestions.

   Note that unlike earlier versions, words listed in the user's personal
   dictionary (~/.hspell_words or ./hspell_words) are no longer automatically
   accepted with prefixes. Also, these words are never used as suggested
   corrections.


 * "hspell -a" was made more compatible with the standard "ispell -a" (thanks
   to Mooffie). Hspell is now known to be used with LyX, KDE, Geresh and Emacs.

 The setbacks:

 * The "-v" option, that used to explain how valid words were derived, is
   no longer available in this version. It is replaced by a "-l" option,
   which in this release is weaker (it can only show a division of valid
   words into prefix particle + word).

 * The "-n" option, that used to give hints on how to spell correctly, is
   not available.

 * The "likelyerrors" feature (or recognizing certain words as theoretically
   correct but still very likely to be mistakes) is not available.

 * TeX-like repeated single quote ('') is not treated as double quotes (").

 * Long options (GNU's "minus-minus" options) are not supported in this
   version.

 Some other changes:

 * Included in the distribution is a new utility "multispell" by Mooffie,
   which can spell-check mixed Hebrew-English text by interfacing with two
   spell-checkers (hspell and ispell) simultaneously. Multispell is better
   than hspell's built-in slave mode (hspell -a -i) when the calling program
   can't deal with wrong word order in the results (e.g., Emacs has this
   issue.)

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and more words added: over 600
   base words added.

 * Vocabulary: 394,833 words (when including kinuyim on verbs)
               based on 7462 nouns, 1533 adjectives, 5060 verb stems, and
	       1819 other words


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Release 0.5: (May 8, 2003)
 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added: about
   2,000 base words added.

 * Objective Kinuim are now allowed on all forms of verbs. Because this adds
   as many as 150,000 correct but rarely-used (in modern texts) inflections,
   a compile-time option is present for enabling or disabling these forms.
   The default in this version is *not* to enable them, but this may be changed
   in the future.
   Also, precompiled RPMs of both types are available (thanks to Tzafrir Cohen).
   In order to build the source rpm you must --define in the command-line either
   'fat 0' or 'fat 1'. Can anyone tell me how can I set a default for that?

 * Infinitives now allow בכלמ prefixes, not just ל: לשבור, בשבור, כשבור, משבור.

 * Added a "-d" option to the word-list generators, which prints derivation
   explanation for all inflections, and also gender information for all nouns.
   This feature is not presently used for spell-checking.

 * Bug fixes: B-words were ignored unless "-v" was used; gimatria checking
   failed to recognize numbers ending in 17-19;

 * fixed "ispell -a"'s handling of "^..." lines that prevented Hspell from
   working properly with KDE (thanks to Meni Livne).

 * Vocabulary: 390,846 words (when including kinuyim on verbs)
               based on 7125 nouns, 1484 adjectives, 4801 verb stems, and
	       1799 other words

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Release 0.4: (March 10, 2003)

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added: over
   2,300 base words and 60,000 inflections.
   Thanks to Orna Agmon for reporting some of the missing words.

 * Complete overhaul of the hspell homepage
   (http://www.ivrix.org.il/projects/spell-checker/).
   Also, the site now features signed RPMs, and the spec used to make them
   is included in the source distribution. The current binary RPM includes the
   dictionary compressed with a special algorithm, making it, and the final
   installation, very small (as little as 100K), at the expense of the "-v"
   option not working.
   Thanks to Tzafrir Cohen and Oron Peled for the initial version of the spec.

 * Shem Poal Natuy + Kinuy for all verbs, things like: ותבשב ,יננטצהב
   There is probably an error in the conjugation of these Shmot Poal from Binyan
   Qal. woo creates בזוכרנו, while the strict rules say it should be בזכרנו.
   This would be settled by the next release.

 * Added "-i" option, to be used in addition to "-a" from within other
   programs (e.g. LyX) to allow spell-checking of mixed English-Hebrew text
   by using ispell for the English words. The new program "hspell-i" runs
   hspell with the -i option, so it can be used in (for example) LyX as
   the spellchecker. (thanks to Alon Altman)

 * Long options, and new --help and --version options. (thanks to Tzafrir Cohen)

 * Vocabulary: 250,027 words
               based on 6238 nouns, 1174 adjectives, 4584 verb stems, and
	       1291 other words

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Release 0.3: (February 2, 2003)

 * Some incorrect words purged or fixed, and many more words added: over
   1,000 base words and 20,000 inflections. In this release, emphasis has
   been put on adding Hebrew nouns and adjectives.

 * Fixed Makefile behavior in certain case. In particular "make" should work
   regardless of LC_* environment variables. However, as hspell currently
   works on iso8859-8 encoded files, users with a utf8 locale must run the
   "hspell" perl program as "LC_ALL=C hspell" (otherwise, they will see
   error messages from Perl).

 * Added ispell-like "-a" option, for interfacing with LyX.
   If you want to use hspell under LyX you should use Hebrew-enabled LyX
   (version 1.1.6fix4 is known to work). Add the following line to your
   .lyx/lyxrc file:
	\spell_command hspell
   Notice that this prevents using English ispell/aspell from within LyX.
   If you know of a better configuration, please tell us.
   Notice that if a Hebrew misspelled word is found, it is shown reversed on
   LyX's spellchecker (and so are its corrections). This is about to be
   corrected in future releases of LyX. Also, LyX breaks Hebrew acronyms
   wrongly, and causes hspell to reject them.

   Read http://www.math.tau.ac.il/~dekelts/lyx/instructions2.html for
   Hebrew LyX general instructions.

 * No longer incorrectly recognize שלווום (should be שלוום, "that to their
   hook").

 * The wolig.pl automatic inflector can handle country names, and many more
   country names and nationalities have been added. Note that since I did
   not find a source for "official" country-name spellings in Hebrew, our
   list might contain errors. Please tell us if you know a dictionary or other
   authoritative document which contains the official Hebrew spellings of
   country names.

 * Vocabulary: 189,347 words
               based on 5238 nouns, 927 adjectives, 3568 verb stems, and
	       1203 other words

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Release 0.2: (January 5, 2003)
 * Many more nouns, verbs, and other words: around 2500 new base words, and
   40,000 inflections. Emphasis has been given to adding *common* words that
   will appear in typical, modern, documents.
 * Several incorrect words purged or fixed.
 * Wolig.pl (noun inflector) overhaul to better and more consistently handle
   niqqud-less (ktiv male) spelling rules, and to be able to theoretically
   handle at least 99.9% of the Hebrew nouns (of course, we don't have all of
   them in the dictionary, yet :)).
 * -n option to hspell program, which gives longer (human-written) explanations
   on certain spelling errors - especially common niqqud-less spelling errors.
 * Read additional accepted words from ~/.hspell_words and/or ./hspell_words
 * Kinuim Khavurim (possesive suffixes) are recognized on the infinitive forms
   of the verb.
 * Added manual page, hspell(1)
 * Improved Makefile (thanks to Oron Peled) and made other changes to the
   distribution (thanks to Baruch Even) for more easily building binary
   packages of hspell.

 * Vocabulary: 169,266 words
               based on 4505 nouns, 645 adjectives, 3407 verb stems, and
	       1237 other words

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Release 0.1: (first public release - December 13, 2002)

 * Vocabulary: 125,022 words
               based on 3206 nouns, 452 adjectives, 2712 verb stems, and
	       980 other words

 * In this release we would like to thank Uwe Brauer and Michael Lugassy for
   "convincing" us to start and to advance this project when we were almost
   ready to give up.
   See more acknowledgments in the README file.