At 13:24 17/04/2015 +0000, Gary Collins wrote:
What I was saying is this: When I change input language, I change it
using the keyboard/language selector on the windows taskbar. In the
post I was responding to, it was suggested that the language
selector button (or whatever it's called) at the bottom of the
writer window could be used to change input language. However, when
I try to use that button, it doesn't present the range of choices
that I have from the Windows taskbar.
From the Windows taskbar language icon, I can choose from Russian,
Greek (polytonic) or English. From the adjacent keyboard icon (with
English language selected) I can choose from United Kingdom,
Akkadian United Kingdom Extended or United Kingdom Extended - Latin.
From the language button at the bottom of the Writer window, the
only choice I have is between English (UK) and English (USA). I
don't know if it should offer me the same languages as the windows
taskbar, or if its purpose is more limited.
These are very different things, I think. You need both.
o The keyboard choices you have enabled in Windows (and which can be
selected in the Windows taskbar) can indeed be described as "input
languages", since they govern the relationship between the keys you
press and the corresponding characters that are transmitted to
whatever application you are using (or to Windows itself). Changing
this choice potentially modifies the character that you will see when
you press any key.
o Within a text document (e.g. in LibreOffice Writer), you may want
to use a spelling checker and a thesaurus and to have automatic
hyphenation. To complete any of these tasks, the application needs to
know which language you mean the text to be in - and so how to treat
it. You may also wish to set the language of some text as "[None]" in
order to disable these processes. You can set the language in Writer
in various ways, since language is a character property, a character
style property, and a paragraph style property (but not a paragraph
property, although an entire paragraph can be given a language
setting using the character property, of course). The indication in
the Status Bar is of the effect of all of these settings on the
current selection or at the cursor position.
If you, say, wish to start typing in Russian in an otherwise English
document, you will need to change keyboard setting in Windows and
will also wish to change the language setting in Writer. You can do
this through a context menu from the Status Bar indication; you may
well see only a couple of languages there, but the full set is
available via the More... item - leading to the Font tab of the
Character dialogue. You will certainly find Greek and Russian there.
Note, though, that you may well prefer to set the language property
using either character styles or paragraph styles, rather than using
the direct character formatting provided through the Status Bar facility.
I trust this helps.
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