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About the spelling reform of 1990 : Wikipedia (en), Renouvo (fr)
Although these rectifications have been modest, the reform is very controversial in France and not very widespread. Most of people only use some of these spelling rectifications and are likely to consider the others as spelling mistakes. To try to comply to every preferences, we created 4 dictionaries which follow differently thes reform.
You can help to improve the dictionaries on Dicollecte.
«Modern» dictionary — recommended
This dictionary offers mostly the classical spelling and some of the new spellings which are not controversial and widely used. This is the French language as it is written nowadays. We strongly recommend to use this dictionary, especially if you are not a native French speaker.
This dictionary is the «Modern» dictionary extended with alternative spellings, some of them still widely used and some others very old-fashioned.
«Reform 1990» dictionary
This dictionary offers only the new spelling, which is not very used. Some spellings are still mostly considered as mistakes by most of native speakers. (Unless you really know and approve the spelling reform, you should not use this dictionary.)
«Classic & Reform 1990» dictionary
With this dictionary, the classical spelling and the new one are considered as correct.
YOU CAN SELECT WHICH DICTIONARY TO USE WITH A RIGHT CLICK IN A TEXTAREA.
Issue about the preselection of one of these dictionaries
It is wrong that one of these dictionaries has priority over all others. There is no presetting within this extension. Firefox should always remember the last dictionary you used. If it doesn’t work like this for you, the issue comes from somewhere else (corrupted profile, Linux distribution mess, another extension ?).
It’s pointless to complain about this matter in the comments. If you don’t believe me, unzip the xpi file, you’ll find no code to prioritize one of these dictionaries.
NOTE: For old versions of Firefox and Thunderbird, from version 4 to 13, you can find a specific version, the v4.6.
NOTE: For Firefox 3, Thunderbird 3 and Seamonkey 2, use the older version of this extension, the v3.8.