[webkit-qt] Spellchecking with C API (was: APIs going forward)

Kenneth Rohde Christiansen kenneth.christiansen at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 02:00:27 PST 2013

Why use enchant and not just use Hunspell (like Firefox, Chrome,
Opera, Mac, Openoffice). That also allows for using the Chrome version
which uses binary dicts and provides faster start up time and lookups.


On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM, José Dapena Paz <jdapena at igalia.com> wrote:
> El mar, 05-02-2013 a las 10:16 +0100, Simon Hausmann escribió:
>> > I think it could be possible to keep compatibility at least between
>> > minor version numbers. "qtwebkit" repository could at least make sure it
>> > doesn't add API/ABI changes once a stable release is done. This would
>> > likely be enough warranty for most uses.
>> If with "minor" you mean between "patch" releases of Qt, then yes. Since we
>> usually don't take new snapshots from trunk between patch releases but only
>> for minor releases of Qt, the API would only change then.
> Yes, that's what I meant. For me it looks like a very good idea (in the
> case of the issues I'm checking, html5 notification and spellchecking),
> it would simplify things a lot.
> So, with this new approach, my main doubt is where would the
> enchant-specific API fit best. I guess I could create something like
> WKTextCheckerEnchant, with the specific methods. And I could make qt
> load the enchant implementation by default. And by default use as
> languages the ones in environment.
> My main doubt in this case would be if I should also add a method to set
> Enchant implementation as client. Something like
> "WKTextCheckerEnchantSetAsClient", that would call
> WKTextCheckerEnchantSetClient with the Enchant implementation. Or even a
> method like "WKTextCheckerIsEnchant" to be able to check if loaded
> client is Enchant.
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Kenneth Rohde Christiansen
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