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On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:12 AM, Maurice Batey <> wrote:
Many thanks for your response; much appreciated...

 They are blue - so 'grammar check'.

This is an option you can turn off under
Tools->Options->Languages->Writings Aids

My observations on this:

 (1) Using OpenOffice Writer, these 'view' markings no not appear on
this document.

Last time I looked, OOo was not shipped with a grammar checker, and
the ones that were available were terrible.  LO's grammar checker is
slightly better, but they all hurt to one degree or another.  It's a
computer, not a person.

 (2) I don't understand why e.g. "walking tour" has been
underlined as a possible grammar error. (There is no error adjacent
to the phrase.)
     (Perhaps because this LibreOffice is 'US English' rather than
the GB-English that I use?
      How can that be a grammar error even in US English?)

You'd have to go through all the grammar rules the checker uses to
find the one this violates.

English grammar, whether Queen's or American, is queer no matter how
you look at it, and some word combinations we as humans can recognize
as correct but there's a grammar rule somewhere that it violates
because the rules are, shall we say, not exactly rigid.

 (3) Why is space(s)/tab before the first word of any paragraph
filled with the  blue wiggly line?

As someone else pointed out, it's probably an artifact of your
particular paragraph styles vs. MS Word for DOS (and all of its
descendants, opponents, etc.).  Make a style that is indented (say,
"Indented") and use "Body" or "Text Body" for the other and you won't
see this.  If you mostly use indented paragraphs, change the "Body"
style to be indented and use something else (e.g. "Text Body") for the

Also, remember that the paragraph style pane in the formatting bar
does not show you all the paragraphs there are, and even if you click
on "More..." at the bottom, which brings up the style window, you
won't necessarily see *all* the styles unless you click on one of the
other styles (page, character, etc.) and then click back.  I don't
know why this is, but it's been there since OOo 2.0 at least.


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