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Re: [libreoffice-l10n] Language Support, Spelling Check, Grammar Check, Proofreading, Autocorrect.



Sgrìobh toki na leanas 29/02/2016 aig 10:36:
On 29/02/2016 09:34, Michael Bauer wrote:

As is, LibO is perilously close to the maximum number of languages
that can be supported, without undergoing a major UI redesign.
Ah ok I get it, you don't mean locales LO is technically able to provide but in terms of practical handling by the end user.

Broadly agree with all your points. I think the whole locale handling of LO needs hauled over from start to finish. I haven't even gotten as far on my list of annoyances as smart locale selection (which is what you seem to be driving at) - just the pure selection of a locale during installation is nuts (even got a bug on it but apart from attracting a troll, not much action https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/show_bug.cgi?id=82184&redirected_from=fdo)

I think if we moved to a langpack approach, we could do a lot more smart stuff i.e. the installer pings the OS for the country and based on that, presents a likely list of locales but with a visible prompt to suggest there is a full list available. But not in the infuriating automated way it does this currently.


By way of example, most people don't realize that "Greek, Ancient" is
not "Koine Greek", and that LibO doesn't formally support "Koine Greek".
Whilst using "Greek, Ancient" usually works, both the spell checker and
grammar checker will do a number on one, when one is not paying close
attention.
Couldn't that be fixed by a better name?
* Ability to utilize neighbouring, almost supported languages.
By way of example, the minority languages of France. Configure LibO for
one of them, and almost all of the other minority languages are
automatically excluded. (I'll grant that Ethnologue is at least
partially to be blamed for that situation.)

On a slightly more practical/political level, not all of the
semi-official languages of South Africa, can be configured in a single
LibO setup. The same thing applies to India, and its semi-official
languages. (Those two countries rank as having the second largest and
largest number of official languages, and semi-official languages,
respectively, in the world.)
This is one I've not run into - what do you mean they can't be configured in a single LO setup? As in, I can't pick French, Breton and Basque in one run of the installer or at all?

Plus, since were on the topic, I'll mention the other infuriating habit of LO (and other word processors) which is to actively pull the text locale from the users keyboard. It's driving me and anyone else using keyboard A for language B nuts.

Michael

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