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Is it possible to create a Pāli dictionary for Libreoffice?

asked 2019-06-05 08:23:26 +0200

antonio111 gravatar image

Pāli is a middle Indic language. It is reguarded as a died language by some, but anyway there are so many people who chant daily, morning and evening, in that language almost everywhere in the world. I’m not a computer scientist but I suppose that it would be very easy to make a Pāli dictionary available for spell check. Many, probably the most of Pāli texts, have been digitalized. Please, take a look to this link just for an example: At this further link , you can download a program which will enable you to display all the discourse of Buddha in Pāli togheter with a lot of commentaries, subcommentaries, grammatical works on Pāli language in Pāli and so on. Could this help in making a Pāli dictionary for spell check?

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Read this thread, it contains some guidance on creating spellcheck dictionaries:

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-06-05 09:03:05 +0200 )edit

Thank you for your tip. I have spent some time in reading the thread. It sounds a little bit too difficult for my low computer skills but I will not give up all in a once and will try to find someone to help me.

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-06-05 17:47:24 +0200 )edit

It's somewhat tricky indeed, but no big problem. Start collecting words. Ask questions. Good luck!

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-06-05 22:18:33 +0200 )edit

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answered 2019-06-06 15:16:11 +0200

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updated 2019-09-17 10:06:08 +0200

Follow-up. Here is an updated extension for Pali spellcheck. It works (i. e. it suggests something on what I type in). Reminder: change the filename extension to .oxt before installing. Good luck!


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Sorry, I have no idea how to install the Pali sample spellcheck extension but I trust you that it works. It is enough for me in order to continue to collect words. I have just to find out how it is best to do it.

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-06-06 20:14:42 +0200 )edit

answered 2019-06-06 05:47:49 +0200

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updated 2019-09-17 09:37:47 +0200

I’m working to produce a word list. I have taken a long text (117 pages) cleaning up all punctuation and other things. I made a odt file like this attached. I suppose that it is not possible to make a spellcheck using this. If so, what should I do? Any tips? Thank you.C:\fakepath\Sīlakkhandhavaggapāḷi.odtC:\fakepath\Pāli.odt

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Don't answer your own question (unless it is a real answer). Use the comment option, or modify the question, or ask a new one.

If you prefer to work in Calc, read:

I've edited your file (see attached on the bottom of your posting) using the how-to from the first link, it's quite quick.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-06-06 13:35:10 +0200 )edit

I answered my own question because if I use comment option, I’m not able to see how to attach files…

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-06-07 07:43:11 +0200 )edit

You can't attach files to comments. Either attach it to the original post or use a file sharing service.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-06-07 13:27:37 +0200 )edit

I apologize for the confusion that I might have created. For the same reason, I edited my answer above and attached a new file which you have maybe not seen. Sorry for the incovenience.

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-06-07 15:37:27 +0200 )edit

I have a long Pāli word list both in txt and pmd formats. Is it now possible to make the dictionary from this? If yes, I could send them in a private email as I was not able to attach these formats in the forum here.

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-09-16 17:22:29 +0200 )edit

Just change the filename extension to odt and attach (and it is a good idea to zip the txt file).

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2019-09-17 08:11:40 +0200 )edit

Below is the link for the zipped txt file. I attached the odt in the original post.!Am3G1Tx0U_Ag1y7uZ...

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-09-17 09:41:12 +0200 )edit

Thank you. It works well. Maybe the spell checker could be offered in the extensions I will continue to collect words in the next time. I have in the meantime another question: is it possible to build also a hyphenator for Pāli? Maybe it would be sufficient to use a Sanskrit hyphenator if it exists. I will ask someone whether it is linguistically correct to do this.

antonio111 gravatar imageantonio111 ( 2019-09-17 20:01:38 +0200 )edit
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