Thursday, September 29th 2005

OpenOffice's Spell Checking Sucks

I was trying to use the spell-checker of OpenOffice 2 beta 2, with a few additional language dictionaries. Here are the problems:

  1. There is no intuitive or simple way of changing the language of the document you’re reading or editing. Since the program has no automatic language identifying system, this is pretty annoying. (To change the document language: [Tools > Options… > Language Settings > Languages] Change the default language, tick the “only this document” box, and click OK. That’s eight clicks!)
  2. If you try to change the language in the spell-check dialogue it changes back to the default for every single word you check… This is a totally vein-blowing experience.
  3. There is no way to set a different language for a certain part of a document.

All in all, a pretty lousy experience. Or did I just miss something?

Edit: Hopefully, but unlikely, this will be fixed before 2.0 final.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Dude,this is a FONT property not a page property. From first saw, little odd but is better! After all your text typed is in a language not at a paper having for your language 🙂