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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