Issue 41121 - Inclusion of Value added features in OOo
Summary: Inclusion of Value added features in OOo
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Product: General
Classification: Code
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2005-01-22 09:55 UTC by mkol
Modified: 2014-03-02 07:39 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Issue Type: FEATURE
Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.0-dev
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Description mkol 2005-01-22 09:55:50 UTC
As of now OOo contains standard feature set. How about adding more value added 
features to it like -

Grammar checking
Translation from one language to another
Optical character recognition
Speech recognition
Hand writing recognition

Similar office suits (most notable MSO) already contain them. Some of the 
features are already in the open source domain. How about integrating them to 

Try to come to the level playing field as far as features are concerned, then 
offer something extra. That should be your real goal.
Comment 1 pseudo_daoist 2005-01-22 21:44:20 UTC
>Grammar Checking

a) A Grammar Checking API is being worked on.  IIRC, the specs won't be formally
defined untill Fall 2005, _unless_ the community makes a presentation prior to then.

b) Three "functional" grammar checkers currently exist for OOo.  [The two I've
used are painfully slow.]

>Translation from one language to another 

Would the original requester elaborate on what they mean by this?

Specifically, are they wanting:
i) Computer Assisted Translation Tools
ii) Machine Assisted Translation Tools

if i) what they want that is not part of either _Vocabulary_ or _OmegaT_.
[To pick the extremes of CATT that integrate with OOo.]

>Optical character recognition 

This is _hard_, as in very non-trivial. 
Are there _any_ FLOSS tools that do this?

>Speech recognition

This is a function of Accessibility.
This is also non-trivial.
Are there any FLOSS tools that do this?

>Hand writing recognition 

This is a function of Accessiblity.
This is also non-trivial.
Are there any FLOSS tools that do this?
Comment 2 mkol 2005-01-23 11:31:11 UTC
>Grammar Checking
It is nice to know, that development for Grammar checker has started at last. 
OOo website says (at some places) that grammar checking is a _Wish_ project 
and will not be initiated any time soon. Since development has started it 
_will_ be available sooner or later. Thanks :-).

>Translation from one language to another
It should be construed as _Computer Assisted Translation Tools_

Please visit . A _Language Tools_ link is there. Follow 
it. A page will give options for Text Translations (As much as 18 !) e.g. 
English To German and vice versa. It even has a feature to translate web pages 
by typing/pasting their URLs. Although Google is a commercial organization but 
this service is totally non-commercial (at least as of now).

Now what is there in it, for an office suit? M$ Office ;-) provides same kind 
of functionality built directly into it. Can users of OOo have the same 

>Optical character recognition
Here are some of the Tools -
Clara OCR (GPL)
Ocrad - OCR program based on feature extraction (GPL)

>Hand writing recognition
An extension of OCR. So it needs to be developed by extending OCR. (No idea 
for readily available FLOSS).

>Speech recognition
gnome-speech (LGPL v2orlater) - API for producing text-to-speech output as 
well as _speech input_. (Developers Marc Mulcahy <> and 

>This is _hard_, very non-trivial!
What do you think development of an Enterprise Class operating system (Linux) 
or a High Quality Web browser (Mozilla Firefox) or a Robust Web server 
(Apache) (or climbing to the Mount Everest or Landing at the Lunar Surface) 
Trivial tasks? But still Humans _have_ done it !  :-)

Development of an OS as large as 55,000,000 LOCs (Debian 2.2) is really hard, 
but did it deter people from around the world, from developing it?

[In case if you are more curious about sizes of the open source softwares then 
please have a look at the paper _Counting potatoes: The size of Debian 2.2_ at 
the URL ]

>few suggestions
(1) hardness or triviality should not be the criteria for innovation or doing 
something useful. Innovation is what made MS OR GM OR GE such a phenomenal 

(2) Please have a look at You may find many technologies 
which _can_ be integrated in OOo.

(3) If concepts discussed above can not be integrated with OOo, then it is OK. 
Future versions of OSs _will_ provide them anyway. :-)

Good Luck and Good Wishes always from an Admirer.
Comment 3 mkol 2005-01-23 13:32:36 UTC
Please try to make OOo “The†Office Suit and _NOT_ “Me Too†or “Also Runs†
Office Suit. Try to extend OOo's Universal Selling Proposition (USP). In 
simpler words “what is your selling point†apart from being open source and 

Short answer is - Innovation.

Comment 4 mci 2005-02-04 14:32:09 UTC
reassigned to requirements
Comment 5 ace_dent 2008-05-16 00:21:27 UTC Issue Tracker - Feedback Request.

The Issue you raised is currently assigned to 'Requirements' pending review, but
has not been updated within the last 3 years. Please consider re-testing with
one of the latest versions of OOo, as the problem(s) may have already been
addressed. Either use the recent stable version:
or consider trying the new OOo 3 BETA (still in testing):
Please report back the outcome so this Issue may be Closed or Progressed as
necessary - otherwise it may be Resolved as Invalid in the future. You may also
wish to search for (and note) any duplicates of this Issue that may have
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Cleaning-up and Closing old Issues as part of:
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Comment 6 Edwin Sharp 2014-03-02 07:39:36 UTC
Confirmed with
AOO410m14(Build:9760)  -  Rev. 1573062
2014-03-01_04:11:01 - Rev. 1573123