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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:41 pm 
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I have no luck running spell check in US 4.0 Libre Office.

It seems that no Australian English dictionaries are available for Libre Office, or am I looking in the wrong places?

All I find are Aussi English dictionaries for OpenOffice.

Would it be problematic in any way to use OpenOffice in US?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:18 am 
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You should deem OpenOffice as untested in UberStudent. I don't know how it will work out. OpenOffice is largely an abandoned project, with the fork LibreOffice being its replacement due to the lions share of funds and labor migrating from the former to the latter.

The default en-US spellchecking in LibreOffice works flawlessly on my end, both "as you type" and via Tools > Spelling and Grammar.

But you are correct that there is no specific Australian English language pack in LibreOffice, which I find unfortunate; I did not know this before. I suppose it was dropped because the differences in Englishes are substantially minor, and the labor involved with maintaining a language pack is more than one might realize/realise :mrgreen:. I think I understand this some. I did several courses with the University of Technology, Sydney, for my graduate degree, and know that "official" Australian English is considerably more lackadaisical than, say, official U.S. and British Englishes. For example, "realize" (U.S. variant) and "realise" (U.K. variant) are both officially accepted as Australian English. Maybe that sort of thing is the reason.

According to the LibreOffice documentation, they want Australians to install en-GB, en-US, en-ZA, and en-CA, and go with the best as-you-type correction, as I read it (you may need to run through your text with each dictionary via Tools > Spelling and Grammar). I don't find libreoffice-l10n-en-ca in the Ubuntu repository that UberStudent uses (see above for probably why!), so please use the Synaptic Package Manager and add these additional packages:

libreoffice-l10n-en-gb
libreoffice-l10n-en-za

If you need to set a default, choose en-gb, for obvious reasons. ;)

So see how that works for you. You might also install the OpenOffice package, mythes-en-au, and see if LibreOffice picks it up.

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