I've been reading with interest recently about the efforts of several groups in africa especially to make spell checking dictionaries (usually for Open Office) for their native language, where Microsoft has refused to support or help them develop dictionaries for Microsoft Word etc in the past. The latest story is http://www.tectonic.co.za/default.php?action=view&id=281&topic=Open%20Source about a kiswahili dictionary developed (in a day supposedly... I suspect they might be fibbing Lawrence of Arabia style) at an african conference recently. I think most of the work done apart from this dictionary has been on African languages spoken in South Africa (including Afrikaans, although its african only in the sense that most of its speakers are african... the language itself isn't native to africa). Has anyone considered making a spell checking dictionary for one of their conlangs? It might be fun to have it spell checked in open office as you write examples... if you can make your own font and write in that, you could even have it done in your own script. I've tried to make perl spellcheckers for my conlangs before, but sadly my perl isn't very good... I've made some simple prolog grammars (grammar checkers) too, but generally I found prolog tiring to work with when you're dealing with an agglutinating rather than an isolating language. When your language glues bits together, a prolog solution isn't as neat and simple as when the language is (relatively) isolating. I think we need a good programmer among us to go out and write an interpreter for a programming language specially designed for language parsing... Lisp is supposedly good for that sort of thing too, but it suffers from serious bracket addiction a la C. Not elegant at all. Chris.