OpenOffice wants to spell check source lang/ won´t do target
Thread poster: Anthony Baldwin

Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
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Mar 29, 2006

Okay,
Clients are sending me items in the source language, and I am editing/translating them in Openoffice.org.
When I finish my work and want to spell check, the software still thinks the document is in the source language, and won´t spellcheck in English.
Is there a way to edit the language setting on the document? The spellcheck dialogue allows me to choose a language, but it doesn´t ¨stick¨, in order to check the entire document. When the document tells me that ¨wooden¨ is a mispelling (because it´s still thinking in Portuguese, French or Spanish), and I tell it to check English, it okays ¨wooden¨, but then tells me that ¨tables and chairs¨ are all mispelled, too, reverting back to the source language, effectively rendering spellcheck useless.
Spellcheck would streamline my proofreading process a bit, so I would like it to work.
Suggestions?

This is Openoffice 1.7 on Fedora Linux 3.

Thanks,
Tony


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skport  Identity Verified
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Try this Mar 29, 2006

Hi,

I am using Open Office 1.1.2 on Mac OS x 10.4, and this works for me:

Select TOOLS >OPTIONS>LANGUAGE SETTINGS>LANGUAGE

then change the 'default languages for documents' to the language you want. The spellchecker should now work fine.

See if it works in your version.


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Wesley Krueger
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Try changing the language option in the "Format"->"Character" dialog Mar 30, 2006

This works at least with Openoffice 2.0.

Select the "Character" option from the "Format" menu, and choose the "Font" tab in the dialog that appears. Below the font information you should find a choose box that will allow you to select the language.

You will probably have to select the entire body of text before changing the language setting, but that should allow you to spell check in the target language.

Again, this is for version 2.0, but it should be similar for your version.

Good Luck!
wesley


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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A few things to check Mar 30, 2006

Anthony Baldwin wrote:

Okay,
Clients are sending me items in the source language, and I am editing/translating them in Openoffice.org.
When I finish my work and want to spell check, the software still thinks the document is in the source language, and won´t spellcheck in English.
Is there a way to edit the language setting on the document? The spellcheck dialogue allows me to choose a language, but it doesn´t ¨stick¨, in order to check the entire document. When the document tells me that ¨wooden¨ is a mispelling (because it´s still thinking in Portuguese, French or Spanish), and I tell it to check English, it okays ¨wooden¨, but then tells me that ¨tables and chairs¨ are all mispelled, too, reverting back to the source language, effectively rendering spellcheck useless.
Spellcheck would streamline my proofreading process a bit, so I would like it to work.
Suggestions?

This is Openoffice 1.7 on Fedora Linux 3.

Thanks,
Tony


Hi Tony,

Do you have an English version of OpenOffice? Then the English spelling dictionary should be installed. But if it isn't, go to: File - Wizards - Install new dictionaries

After installing the dictionary, you need to restart OpenOffice completely, i.e. stop the QuickStarter , too, if one is used for OO.org on Fedora Linux.

If the dictionary is installed and it still does not work, select the whole document and then right-click , choose Character, and then on the Font tab choose the right language from the Language list box.

HTH

Piotr
P.S. 1.7 looks like a beta version. Consider upgrading to a "production" release. Now it is 2.0.2


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Robert Tucker
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Styles Mar 30, 2006

The language can be set as part of a style which may be the most convenient way of creating the document with the translation.

See:

http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?p=125694

for example.


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Anthony Baldwin  Identity Verified
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1.7 looks like a beta version Mar 30, 2006

Piotr Bienkowski wrote:



This is Openoffice 1.7 on Fedora Linux 3.

Thanks,
Tony


Hi Tony,

Do you have an English version of OpenOffice?

Piotr
P.S. 1.7 looks like a beta version. Consider upgrading to a "production" release. Now it is 2.0.2 [/quote]

No...OO.o .641 was a beta version...And I remember using it.
That was about 5 years ago, if I recall correctly.
1.7 is only about a year old, now, I think.
Maybe it is time for me to update everything, incuding my fedora installation.
I´ve just been so busy, and haven´t wanted to interrupt my work.
It always takes me about a week to get everything satisfactorally configured after an upgrade, it seems...


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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OpenOffice wants to spell check source lang/ won´t do target Mar 30, 2006

Piotr Bienkowski wrote:

....select the whole document and then right-click , choose Character, and then on the Font tab choose the right language from the Language list box.


Piotr may have a trick up his sleeve for selecting the whole document, but I find that the normal methods (Ctrl-A, selecting with the mouse) don't select all the text, but miss footers etc. My method:

Ctrl-F
In the "Search for" field, enter . (i.e. a full stop, for any character)
In the "Replace with" field, enter & (ampersand, for "same as" character)
Under "More Options", check "Regular Expressions"
Still under "More Options", Format > Language, and select the language you wish to spell-check in.
Then "Replace All"

Tips: first make sure that "Record changes" is not active!
Note that the regular expression and "Replace with" options are reset each time the dialog is opened.
If you're working in OmegaT, do this on the source file, not the target file, since the target file is overwritten each time you create the target documents (or "compile", as we used to call it).

Marc


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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Styles are better, but Mar 30, 2006

MarcPrior wrote:

Piotr Bienkowski wrote:

....select the whole document and then right-click , choose Character, and then on the Font tab choose the right language from the Language list box.


Piotr may have a trick up his sleeve for selecting the whole document, (...)

Marc


Styles should be the default solution to control the attributes of the document, but sometimes the clients send us documents where styles do not exactly "cascade" all the way down, i.e. descendant styles do not inherit all attributes of the default style, or manual formatting is used.

So you could use CTRL+A for the body of the document, and modify styles for the headers and footers.

HTH

Piotr


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