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Thanks, Brian, that makes perfect sense. I just wanted to be sure that I wasn't doing something 
"wrong," or, at least, inefficient. I don't tend to use spell check very often, so I can just stick 
with changing the input on the windows task bar.
       From: Brian Barker <>
 Sent: Friday, 17 April 2015, 18:26
 Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Font versus Character Substitution
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.

Brian Barker

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