January 22, 2017
A new version is now available with several new words.

There were no changes in VarCon, AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components where not updated.

November 20, 2016
A new version is now available.

This version includes an Australian spelling category and dictionary thanks to to the work of Benjamin Titze. The dictionary, in addition to accounting for the locale spelling of words, includes a few locale specific additional words.

This release also incorporates a few (non Australian specific) new words.

There was no change to AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components were not updated.

November 20, 2016
SCOWL has moved from Kevin's personal account into it's own (en-wl) GitHub origination.

June 26, 2016
A new version is now available. This versions includes several new words and incorporates the changes from version 6.0.2 of 12Dicts.

There was no change to AGID so that component was not updated.

June 22, 2016
A new version of the Official 12dicts package is now available. This version makes numerous changes to the lemmatized lists among other changes.

April 14, 2016
A new version of the Official 12dicts package is now available. This version of 12dicts adds five new lists and makes significant changes to three others.

The Alt12Dicts package will be updated in Git in a few days. A new version of SCOWL as well as Alt12Dicts will be released shortly after.

Jan 19, 2016
A new version is now available with various new words and other minor enhancements.

The "SET UTF8" line was changed to "SET UTF-8" in the Hunspell affix file as some versions of Hunspell don't recognize the former.

There was no change to Alt12Dicts so that component was not updated.

Aug 24, 2015
A new version is now available with several new words.

There were no changes AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components where not updated.

May 18, 2015
A new version is now available with several new words including "healthcare".

There were no changes in VarCon, AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components where not updated.

April 24, 2015
A new version is now available. This version adds some new words.

The Hunspell dictionary has been converted to UTF-8 in order to handle smart quotes correctly.

There were no changes in VarCon, AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components where not updated.

February 15, 2015
A new version is now available. This version adds a large number of neologisms (newly invented words) such as "selfie" and "smartwatch".

Updated Aspell dictionaries are now also available.

There were no changes in AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components where not updated.

January 28, 2015
A new version is now available. There were no changes in AGID so that component was not updated.

A new tool is now available to aid in determining if a given word should be added to SCOWL (at levels 60 and 70) and hence appear in the speller dictionaries. It looks up words in the Google Book's Corpus (1980-2008) and assigns a score that indicates if a word should or should not be considered for inclusion based on its frequency in corpus. The tool will also look for similar more common words to help determine if adding the less common word might cause a problem. (Less common words that are very similar to more common words are less likely to be accepted in a speller dictionary as they can easily mask an incorrect spelling of the more common word.)

November 11, 2014
A new version is now available. There were no changes in AGID or Alt12Dicts so those components where not updated.

August 11, 2014
A new version is now available. From this point forward, dates will be used as the version string and all of SCOWL's components will be released simultaneously.

June 4, 2014
New redesigned website!

Also make additional Hunspell dictionaries available on an experimental bases.

January 6, 2011
A new version of SCOWL, corresponding Aspell and Hunspell dictionaries, and VarCon is now available. These are bug fix releases.

December 28, 2010
A new version of SCOWL, corresponding Aspell and Hunspell dictionaries, and VarCon is now available. The biggest changes are greatly improved Canadian and British wordlists due to a massive effort to verify the variant information in VarCon against authoritative sources. The American wordlist has also been improved.

December 5, 2008
An initial version of the official Hunspell en_US and en_CA dictionaries, created from SCOWL, is now available.

June 17, 2007
A new version of the offical 12Dicts package is now available which contains several new lists.

August 10, 2004
A new version of SCOWL, VarCon and, Alt12Dicts is now available.

January 27, 2003
A new version of the offical 12Dicts package is now available. It differs from previous versions by containing three additional lists which are not derived from the "classic" 2dicts sources. Changes to the classic lists are limited to error corrections.

January 3, 2003
A new version of SCOWL, AGID, and VarCon is now available.

June 7, 2001
A new version of the offical 12Dicts package is now available. It differs from previous versions primarily by replacement of one dictionary with another dictionary from the same publisher. Additionally, there have been many error corrections, especially to the 2of12inf list.

May 20, 2001
Finally updated the webpage to reflect the fact that a new version of SCOWL, and AGID was released in the beginning of April.

Added a link to the an online version of a Longman dictionary.

February 27, 2001
Added a link to the online version of the Encarta dictionary.

January 29, 2000
A new version of SCOWL, AGID, and VarCon is now available. A new package, "Ispell English Wordlists" is also available.

October 9, 2000
A new version of both the Official and Unofficial 12Dicts package is now available. These new versions contain a new word list of the inflected forms of words, many error corrections, and other changes resulting from new editions of some of the source dictionaries.

August 19,2000
A new revsion of SCOWL and AGID is now available.

The first version of "Unofficial Jargon File Word Lists" is now available

August 5, 2000
A new revision of SCOWL is now available. This version has more sensible upper case word (including proper names) at the default level.