Issue 39381

Summary: auto correction has unpractical defaults for the german language
Product: Writer Reporter: phil82 <gillian.tiefenlicht>
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Severity: Trivial    
Priority: P2 CC: issues,
Version: OOo 2.0   
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Description phil82 2004-12-21 10:13:46 UTC
There are some options activated in the auto correction that doesn't really make
a) beginning a sentence with a capital letter: This annoys most German users
especially as one has to take off this feature regularly again as it seems to be
saved with the document and not with the OpenOffice-Options.
Reason: The German language has very long words and in nearly all business and
scientific words you regularly find abbreviations u.s.w./bzw./M.f.G./z.B. and so
on. There is such a variety of abbreviations and sometimes the abbreviation is
just a typical syllable of a long word that just cannot be on the ignore-list of
When entering words in fields of a table you also always get a capitalized word
though you nearly don't have real sentences in fields of a table. Say you have a
typical headline of a table and insert "relativ" and "absolut" you'll get an
In the German language all substansives are written with a capital letter and
when one is entering a text, one is specially concentrated on where to set
capital letters anyway. 
I think there is no real need for this option in German.
Couldn't we just set this feature to "off" for default in the German package?

b) same as a) with German words with more than one capital letter. There is an
ignore-list but it doesn't help a lot. Especially in Chart and Graph when one
uses a lot of abbreviations of the form MSinteger, HGewicht, BMedium and so
forth. This even works when the second capital is an index. It's annoyable when
one first has to set this option off in the auto correction.
Comment 1 2007-05-07 19:53:10 UTC
You can disable the auto-correction feature.  This is an automatism that tries
to help the user.  The frequency of periods denoting a full stop sentence in the
german language is in my opinion still higher than periods denoting abbreviations.

So, if you are annoyed by this, just disable it in your profile.
Comment 2 hardy314 2009-05-30 20:16:01 UTC
I would also like to vote for the suggested change: 

Please make the default setting of the autocorrect checkbox "Start every
sentence with a capital letter" OFF in the german language program version.

I always turn it off anyway, as do most other Germans I know.

It is far more nasty to have 20% of cases where OO definitly introduces a
spelling error where you didn't make one (e.g. with abbreviations like "z.B.")
compared to the rare chance that OO really corrects an unintentionally typed
lower case letter at the beginning of a sentence (even assuming the full stop
period signs are in the majority with 80%)!