Spell-checking in Armenian – a nightmare

The only working solution for spell-checking my Armenian language texts is the Armenian PowerSpell 2009 which is expensive – costs 9000 AMD per year for the one computer license.
The program adds spelling option to Microsoft Word. It works, however, it is not the ideal solution because, while it claims having 500,000 word dictionary, I found that it doesn’t recognize a surprisingly lot of Armenian words. To be fair th0ugh, the program has an “Add to dictionary” option.
Also, forget about spell-as-you-type option, and I also found the program to be very demanding in terms of computer resources – quite slow! Armenian PowerSpell 2009 is a combination of a standalone program (which looks like an Access database shield) and a Visual Basic Macro, which installs into Microsoft Word. The Macro is locked – so you can’t view or edit the program, which is quite frustrating, because I’ve seen a couple of errors and would like to correct those (e.g. the Macro doesn’t recognize the Armenian question mark and the ՛եւ՛ letter). Above all – I don’t like proprietary software, when I know that there ought to be better open source options.
Armenian language is not listed in Microsoft Proofing Tools page – so I assume it’s not supported by Microsoft, even as there is a Microsoft office in Armenia.
Armenian is not listed in Open Office v3 language extensions either – although, years ago, there was a release of the Armenian language Open Office.
There is also something called the ArmSpell Project which doesn’t really provide anything useful if you’re on Windows, and I have yet to test the Linux stuff they’re offering.

Armenian blogosphere on Obama's Turkey visit

Obama, on his first day of visit to Turkey, said his views on mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915, which he has termed genocide, have not changed. However, Obama said he prefers not to focus on his views, in an attempt to be more encouraging around the Armenia-Turkey border opening talks.

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Serzh Sargsian's 1 year in power

“We shall build the Armenia where mutual respect, love, and tolerance will prevail,” Serzh Sargsian swore on April 9, 2008 in his inaugural address, hidden behind a police wall that encircled most of central Yerevan.
The Northern Avenue in downtown Yerevan that has been the scene of daily meetings of opposition supporters over the past year was cleared of all protesters and remained under tight police control for the second consecutive day on Thursday. David Jalalian, a journalist from the A1Plus.am news service who covered the incident, was beaten by one of the policemen and hospitalized from the scene. 
All of this hardly resembles the “Armenia where mutual respect, love, and tolerance prevail.”

Statement of 6 media organizations

The agenda of the RA National Assembly includes the second hearing of the package of draft amendments to the RA Laws “On Television and Radio”, “Regulations of the National Commission on Television and Radio”, “Regulations of the RA National Assembly”, “On State Duty”. Despite the few improvements against the previous version of the package strongly criticized by our organizations in the statement of February 3, 2009, the document, as we see it, remains far from the demands of the time. Continue reading “Statement of 6 media organizations”

Podcast: Traditional Media vs Bloggers, Round v2.0

PodcastThe traditional media talked about the blogs this week again. Bloggers noticed that too. In an article about Yerevan’s Municiapl administration elections, Top journalist of “Aravot” daily – Anna Israyelian, had referred to the opinions expressed by Uzogh (Ruben Muradyan) on his blog.
Uzogh on his turn had started a discussion about “Aravot” Daily’s coverage on his blog. As the discussion proved interesting, we decided to invite Anna Israyelian, Ruben Muradyan (Uzogh), Gegham Vardanyan (Reporter_arm) and Artur Papyan (Observer) to the Internews Studio, to discuss the issue of copperation between the traditional media and blogs.
This episode of Armenian Blogosphere podcast is completely dedicated to that subject. You can download the 1.2 Mb podcast in mp3 format from here or listen to it online by clicking the player icon below.

Yerevan's Municipal Elections for Dummies

Elections of the local administration bodies of Yerevan city are scheduled on May 31, 2009. Given the size of Yerevan’s population (over 1 million according to official data on Yerevan municipality website ), which comprises one third of Armenia’s population, and the city’s economic significance (roughly 50% of Armenia’s economic activity is concentrated in Yerevan according to IMF data ), the upcoming elections can be compared to nationwide parliamentary or presidential elections. Continue reading “Yerevan's Municipal Elections for Dummies”

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