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Head in the sand regarding spell checking not being a disaster.

asked 2016-04-27 00:08:38 +0200

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LibreOffice is generally great.

LibreOffice spell checking is generally absolutely terrible and has been since day one in OpenOffice. Please throw it out and start from scratch.

These things happen on a regular basis.

  • It doesn't hold settings, once you close out of "Writing Aids" options it reverts.

  • It doesn't work at all out of the box 90% of the time.

  • It doesn't work unless locale is is what it considers "correct" (usually not actually correct.)

  • It stops working if language "Language Settings > Languages" is different than " Language Settings > Writing Aids" a lot of the time.

  • When it doesn't work it doesn't give errors or explain why it's not working.

It actually thinks it is working even when it isn't at all and in turn so does the user. It literally says "The spellcheck is complete". The user then thinks there is no spelling mistakes on there CV, they don't get the job and they die of starvation.

There are countless forum posts all over the internet on this, please stop getting defensive and please start from scratch and fix it.

I'm 32 and I've literally seen this since I was a child. It is the single most consistently semi-broken thing I have seen in computing.

  • I like LibreOffice and advocate it to whoever will listen but the spell check system is a disaster, I often leave it on a less than ideal settings because it's the only thing that will work.

I've installed it on.

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Ubuntu
  • Xubuntu
  • OpenSuse

All have problems with spell checking.

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answered 2017-09-15 08:10:09 +0200

Kruno gravatar image

updated 2017-09-15 09:56:29 +0200

You realize that LibreOffice support over hundred locals? Spell checking works out of the box if you chose right language at download or you need to download language pack separately.

You don't want all locals, all help files and all dictionaries as as source code weights about 3GB. Why would you need all of that just to use one locale you didn't download in one batch with the main installer? That download is about 300MB. I don't want what I don't need. LibreOffice can be used on virtually any operating system which complicates things even more.

I'm not trying to defend nobody or anything as I also hold some grunges but it works for me so I don't know why wouldn't for you?

Yes some dialog boxes are badly worded like saying that spell check is complete if you actually don't have dictionary installed but that's another problem. Use bugzilla to report bugs or enhancements in that regards. This is a wrong place for this and I'm also breaking rules by answering this as we're about to turn QA site to plain old forum and start flames.

Being broken is not the same thing as being badly (legacy) designed. And again LO expect you to provide language files (translated user interface, translated help and spell checking dictionary) as addition to basic installation. Don't protest on the streets, do a referendum.

I don't really care (anymore) but just wanted to comment on this as it's come down to knowing office suite you're using. It has it's hiccups but LibreOffice doesn't have alternative.

The funny part is that development is more focused on stuff users don't see or don't care and things that users care most about tend do be neglected. This causes frustration as you read about this or that improvement and you still see bugs from ten years ago that affects you every time you sit to do something. Regular users care about bugs affect them every day at day-to-day work and (apparently) we can't get what we need.

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answered 2017-09-14 20:55:20 +0200

KurtBecker gravatar image

I totally agree I do not use Libre Office because it's free(even so that is nice) and YES I did donate $50 when I installed it the first time. But then I realized that this was actually a waste of money. I do NOT have the time to figure out why the spell-checker does not work. I downloaded the latest version and started a new document and deliberately misspelled a word. The spell-checker did not work. It might be that there is a button hidden somewhere I have to press, but I do not have the time... anyway it says that the spell-check is complete, while it is not. Fortunately I am not a poor man and I have to do what I hate the most... give more money to Microsoft, but at least their spell-checker does work. I am appalled by the patronizing and insulting answers people get as a response to their questions.


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