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Libreoffice fails to recognise foreign language in text inserts [closed]

asked 2016-05-21 05:14:03 +0200

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updated 2016-05-21 15:45:19 +0200

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I am presently trying to get Libreoffice to recognise Spanish texts when inserted into Writer Or Calc. Instead it comes up with something like : "cariño" instead of "cariño". How to I fix that, please?

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It looks like Unicode encoding is interpreted as ISO-8859-1. How did you type or import your Spanish word?

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2016-05-21 08:03:11 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-05-21 13:30:03 +0200

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You do not say, but I assume you are using a Windows system. LibreOffice, like the Internet uses Unicode (UTF-8). You could get a similar problem if you copy a valid unicode character created in say LibreOffice, or more likely copied from the Internet, and paste it with a system that is using US-ASCII or ISO-8859-1 as suggested by @ajittoz above.

To check your copy of LibO try to insert your ñ (decimal 241 or U+F1) using INSERT > SPECIAL CHARACTER > (Latin 1) and the character. It should display as normal. In this case the problem is not LibO but your system settings. If it is LibO, we will need to think again, but the more information you give us the more we can help..Peter

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