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changing language for selection while swtiching keyboard language

asked 2019-06-24 09:58:52 +0200

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I work with multiply languages texts in libreoffice writer , so sometime when I’m typing I’m switching the keyboard layouts (e.g. lithuanian to english). Is there a possibility to change the language for selection not manually (for that word or sentence) but with the keyboard switching? I need this because of the spelling. Mac Os. Thank you.

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answered 2019-06-24 11:08:20 +0200

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The "right" way to tag a sequence as belonging to a language is through styles. The paragraph style defines the principal language. Since in the majority of cases there is a "principal language" representing the majority of the document, you can modify Default Style paragraph style language in its Font tab.

Before you type a word or sentence in another language, you activate a character style setting this particular language. The character style can be associated with a keyboard shortcut so that you don't need to grab the mouse to set the style.

A shortcoming of this approach comes from the present impossibility to set several character styles on a run of character (e.g. to add Emphasis). There is an experimental feature to do so, but it is not reliable and causes trouble in the document.

When I deal with multi-lingual documents, I don't switch my keyboard language because there is only one key marking. Consequently, switching does not make sense in my case. When necessary, I prefer to customise second- or third-level character mapping to access the diacritics or national characters at a mnemotechnic position (at least for me considering the key layout and my notion of "mnemotechnic").

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answered 2019-06-24 11:03:46 +0200

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I think this is an operating system question. On my Linux-Mint system I can define four Keyboards to select directly so that I can type, for example English and Lithuanian and switch directly between them character by character in LibreOffice or whatever program I am using. Does Mac Os not have a similar function?

English Keyboard aaaaAAAA AltGr ááááÁÁÁÁÁ Lithuanian Keyboard aaaaAAAA AltGr æææææÆÆÆÆÆ

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