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I wonder how hard it would be, or how confusing it would be to make a 2 word reference in the word list file. If the "space" appears "blank", then what would happen if there was some other "blank" character that looked like the "space" character.

I think the originally defined system came from some other organization, like Hunspell or Myspell. It may take a lot of work, and make all of the current .oxt dictionaries need to be re-done if there was a new formatting system that allowed a 2 word listing.

My question is why would one be needed? It the only reason for it is one combination of terms is valid, while a different ending term is not? That would make some real context oriented spelling and worse that figuring out grammar issues. You will need to have defines all the possible two word term combinations instead of having each single word/term checked for proper spelling.

The more I think about it, the more I want to cringe over what might be needed to get it working fully and not mess with defined characters for non-English fonts or other issues for taking over a pre-defined character for some internal function, when that character may be mapped for a glyph/letter for some font used by some user. Then that user[s] would have their document messed up in some way.

Still, if someone can figure out all the issues and work out a way that they will not cause a set of users problems down the line, then by all means create a request for a modification of the spell checker system. I really doubt that it will be changed form the current system, but you can try.

On 07/07/2012 06:22 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
It sounds like interesting and useful functionality that might well be worth adding if it hasn't been done already.  I 
think a lot of us here have been focussing on work-arounds "to just get the job done".  But i think it might 
be a good idea to post a bug-report and make it a "Feature request".
Regards from
Tom :)

--- On Fri, 6/7/12, Simon Cropper <> wrote:

From: Simon Cropper <>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Specialty Dictionaries
Date: Friday, 6 July, 2012, 1:19

On 06/07/12 05:26, nvrk wrote:
On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 3:06 AM, Simon Cropper <> wrote:

Yeah, I have thought of both these things. Have hacked a standard file
before, particularly in MS Word. Easily done assuming it is a text file and
not a binary file.

The problem is the binomial. I also thought of the concatenation string
but most of the single characters have been used for have special meanings
in various word processors. Hyphens for example are used in LO as hyphens
and so how would you know when removing the character at the end of your
report is complete, what is a concatenation character and what is a real

In other situations I have used =!= as a joining string but as stated it
is messy and hard to read.

An underscore works well.

Yeap, but an underscore gets used a lot in technical reports (e.g. in a URL). If you do a global search and replace to 
remove the character at the end of writing so the report looks "clean and well presented" you neuter the URL 
or "corrupt" the other text string that uses it.

As an alternative to "free form" typing of jargon or technical terms then running a spell checker, terms 
could be inserted from a list. This works OK but in the absence of LO integration you can't flag the inserted text as 
'hey this is jargon, I just inserted it from a secure source, don't bother spell checking'. This can be done but 
requires you to manually apply language characteristics to hundreds or thousands of names, or alternatively hit 
"ignore" the same number of times with the spell checker. :(

Ideally you need a blank concatenation character that is recognizing by LO as linking two words (such as a 
non-breaking space already available in LO but does not necessarily have to physically bind the words 
together but would need to be seen by the spell checker as a joining character) AND IS RECOGNIZED by the 
spell checker, substituted with something like an underscore and compared to the lists in the dic files which 
would appear as "Eucalyptus_vulgaris". I just need someone in the know to be able to insert this 
functionality and these problems would be solved.

-- Cheers Simon

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