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Re: [TSVN] Spellchecker - arguments

From: Simon Large <simon_at_skirridsystems.co.uk>
Date: 2005-07-18 18:27:22 CEST

SteveKing wrote:
> The discussion about wether to include the spellchecker in the main
> installer and the language packs has become really long, so I'd like to
> summarize the arguments against that and add my comments to those
> arguments:
>
> - I don't need a spellchecker at all for log messages
> Ok, then just don't use it. There's an option to disable the spellchecker.

Agreed.

> - We should only install what's *necessary*, the sp is optional
> The same applies to the docs. You all might have noticed that people
> usually don't even read the docs. So they're not necessary and we should
> then provide a separate download for the docs too.

That's unfair. We have about 50,000 users. some of them don't read the
docs and ask silly questions on the mailing list. Most of them do read
the docs.

> Oh, and to take this even further: some people only use TortoiseProc
> which they then include in their favourite IDE/Editor. They don't need
> the shell extension at all and would be more than happy if it wouldn't
> be in the installer at all because it would get rid of the reboot after
> an upgrade.

I think you are talking about a _very_ small percentage here.

> The very same applies to TortoiseMerge (some people use other diff
> tools) and SubWCRev.

Or you could go the other way and include some external diff tools.
TMerge is almost core functionality because it's the only good patch
applier in the known universe, and you don't want to separate it from
TSVN. Anyway, we're talking a few hundred KB here.

But wait. Thunderbird includes a spell checker, but looking in its
folders it only has en_US.*, not th_en_US_v2.* and those dictionary
files are quite small. By the time they're compressed they are
insignificant. If we can live without the thesaurus part, the extra size
will not worry anyone, even if they don't want the dictionary.

Simon

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