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On 24 April 2011 21:36, Robert Derman <> wrote:

Jon Hamkins wrote:

On 04/22/2011 05:33 PM, Christian Lohmaier wrote:

Hi *,

On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 5:40 AM, Jon Hamkins<>

On 04/06/2011 04:54 AM, toki wrote:

 There are roughly one billion words in the English language. You could
have a LibO spell checker that contains each of those words.

Actually, there are only about one million English words in English, and
that's including the 500,000 or so scientific words.

Note that a spell checker doesn't just need to list the words, but
needs to know all forms of the words (plural form, genitive form,
different times,....)

Well, the spell checker just needs a list of words -- grammar is something
else.  OED2 contained 290,000 entries with a total of 690,000 word forms.
 OED3 has somewhat more; a solid word list in an office suite should have
somewhat fewer.  You don't want to include obsolete words that have a close
but different spelling from common words, for example.


I have said this a number of times, and that at least the English version
is sadly deficient in compound words, at least the one in OOo 3.11 which I
am still using because I am reluctant to give up the personal dictionary to
which I have added perhaps thousands of compound words.    If the current
release of LO is significantly better in this area I haven't heard of it.
 Nor do I know how to find and save/copy/move my personal dictionary.
On a related matter, I believe that if a developer/programmer could put
instructions on this list, I believe that a few users like me with greatly
enhanced personal dictionaries could send them in as attachments and someone
could use them to build a better word list that would make for a much better
spell check function for LO.

That sounds like a very good idea. Most of us here can't contribute to
coding but we can contribute to things like dictionaries. We should quaickly
have dictionaries that are the most comprehensive in any Office suite.


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