Issue 3310 - Spell-checker should use the best available language pack
Summary: Spell-checker should use the best available language pack
Alias: None
Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: spell checking (show other issues)
Version: 3.3.0 or older (OOo)
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
: 69322 70058 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2002-03-04 00:26 UTC by vandan
Modified: 2013-02-24 20:42 UTC (History)
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Description vandan 2002-03-04 00:26:39 UTC
The spell checker fails if there is no language pack which exactly matches the
language of the document. Currently only English-US is available. There should
be an option to use the US language pack for every version of English (for
example we are in Australia: English-AUS), either as a dialog box which appears
upon pressing the spell-check button, or (better yet) under the
language-settings section of the the main options setup (Tools ==> Options).
Comment 1 khendricks 2002-03-04 14:11:02 UTC

I assume you are referring to OOo spellchecking here and not 
Star spellchecking.

Please see:

Users may add other dictionaries (I think you referred to them as 
language packs) as the desire.  OOo Tools->Options... can be 
used to turn them on and off and even determine where to keep 

The user detemines which language/locale to use as default for 
a document and can change it at will on a document by 
document basis or even a word by word (and character by 
character basis) if he/she so chooses.

As people build localizations for other locales (not just en_US), 
then can default to the correct dictionary for that locale.

Comment 2 Unknown 2003-03-08 03:37:34 UTC
OpenOffice should also automatically detect the language used in the
document. Or at least defining the language should be made easier.
Comment 3 rimugu 2003-06-02 17:59:08 UTC
tuokki2 is right, automatic detection of language is one of the most
requested features from end-users in Mexico.
Comment 4 utomo99 2003-09-15 03:20:16 UTC
But can you imagine how difficult it is ? 

can you tell, how to detect which language ? 
Comment 5 stx123 2003-12-13 16:32:50 UTC
 Reassign issue to owner of selected subcomponent
Comment 6 vandan 2005-04-29 04:28:26 UTC
re: the question "can you tell, how to detect which language ?" ...

The very reason why this is an issue is that OOo *does* know what language the
document is in, and if a matching language pack is not installed, spell checking

For example, we are in Australia. All our documents are created thus. When
someone with OOo goes to edit the document / template / whatever, they can't do
a spell check because the Australian language pack is not installed.

Why don't we install a language pack, I hear you ask? Impossible:
Comment 7 bluelightning 2006-04-04 00:04:13 UTC
This is a problem for New Zealanders also. OpenOffice picks up the default
system locale of English (NZ), but the default installation does not have a
language pack by for this (which is a little annoying but perhaps
understandable). The real problem however is that none of the spelling features
warn you that no spelling dictionary is available/set up. "Check spelling" just
reports that the spell check is complete and the auto-check feature does
nothing. A dialog warning the user that spell checking is not yet set up
properly would be good here.

BTW for us (and presumably Australians as well) we would prefer that it default
the spelling language to English (UK) rather than English (US).
Comment 8 Mathias_Bauer 2007-01-17 21:59:06 UTC
*** Issue 69322 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 9 Mathias_Bauer 2007-01-17 22:00:29 UTC
*** Issue 70058 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 10 az77 2010-07-01 22:05:03 UTC
Note that one *can not* chose the language *by document*, as claimed by
khendricks (2002 mar 4)
At least not for calc.
Which is an important missing feature under tools : options : languages options

(Note that I use French, so don't know the exact translation for English)

But one can accommodate the lack of an ideally correct dictionary available.
e.g., my setup is :
user interface = français (France) = language of dictionaries available
language setting = français (Canada) = sets parameters for my country.

default language for documents
* occidental = français (France) = language of dictionaries available

For Australia/New Zealand, this would presumably be English-UK. 
By the way, canadian English spelling is supposed to be closer to en-UK as well.

It isn't perfect, as sometimes, but not often, a suggested correction isn't
available, but I can always add it to the dictionnary if I want.
(I already know most of the words/spellings which differ from fr-FR.

Hope this helps.
Comment 11 az77 2010-07-01 22:33:00 UTC
Correction to my comment (just submitted)
One *can* choose the language *by document*.
Unfortunately  it is at the bottom of the "default languages" section.
It would be much easier to notice if it were just under the section title.