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Author Topic: Microsoft is bringing Windows Spellchecker to Chromium project  (Read 210 times)
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« on: July 04, 2019, 10:23:38 PM »

Microsoft is testing yet another new feature for Edge based on the open-source Chromium project and other Chromium browsers, including Google Chrome. After adding an improved find box and other improvements to Chromium, Microsoft is now bringing Windows Spellchecker to Chromium project.

Chrome’s built-in spellchecker is currently powered by Hunspell speller which is also used in apps like LibreOffice and OpenOffice. As per a new commit, Microsoft is adding Windows Spellchecker to Chromium and it will coexist with Hunspell speller.

Microsoft is working on various changes to enable Windows Spellchecker integration in Chromium, including implementation of spellcheck platform interface.

“We need to implement platform agnostic interfaces to integrate windows spellchecker into Chromium. We also need to refactor some code to enable runtime switch between Windows spellchecker and hunspell spellchecker,” Microsoft noted in the commit.

“After these steps, we enabled Windows Spellcheck Services integration and also achieved runtime switch between platform spellchecker and hunspell spellchecker for windows platform,” the commit reads.

Enable Windows Spellchecker in Chrome

In Google Chrome Canary, the experimental flag for Windows Spellcheck is already available and you can enable it to use the native spellchecker on Windows.

“Use the Windows OS spellchecker to find spelling mistakes and provide spelling suggestions instead of using the Hunspell engine,” the flag description reads.

The changes aren’t noticeable at glance, but it should improve the overall typing experience in Chrome for Windows. As of now, Windows Spellchecker flag is not available in Edge Canary or Dev builds.


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