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Re: [tdf-discuss] A humble critique about LO: grammar, dictionaries and basic usability

On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM, timofonic timofonic <>wrote:


I wanted to reply this email, because I was having some minor
usability issues about LibreOffice. Nothing too bad, but I wanted to
share it with the team.

I was helping my gf to do some university work, I installed her
LibreOffice because she was used to OpenOffice and no problems to it.
But there were some stuff was difficult to make for her, and also a
bit to me too. I may not be a Linux guru, but I have some years of
experience as user. Here we go:

- About style and grammar checkers: I find quite confusing that they
aren't bundled with LO itself, I need to install different packages.
Despite this can be done easily by people used to Linux, others may
have difficulties to find the correct package. Also, I see there are
different extensions for different languages, yet they use Java most
of the time (I don't consider it an adequate technology not just
because it's by Oracle, but is a bloated dependency and may make
things worse for slower systems). I see there are Languagetool, it
supports lots of languages but requires java. There's lightproof,
requires Python (it's not so efficient too) and supports too few
languages at this moment. This feature is also bundled by default in
Microsoft Office and lots of people use it to proofread their
documents. There's a lack of automatically analyzing words written in
other languages like Latin (quite used for terms), too.

- About dictionary: Are dictionaries so big to make them bundled by
default? Why not include them? Also, there were a lot of missing words
in the Spanish dictionary and some lack of understanding about able to
write compound words in both ways (f.ex. psico-social and

- About page enumeration: While I agree showing advanced options is a
plus, stuff like this is somewhat messy and confusing. Seriously, I
had to check a few tutorials to find a correct way to avoid page
enumeration to the first pages of a document and I had some issues
replicating it later. It's difficult to remember it and it seems I got
confused with page style or something like that (I can provide further
details if needed).

I just wanted to share my opinion to others, maybe I'm wrong at it in
some way. But at least I tried to contribute a bit :)


(Sorry for my bad English)

Thank you for your feedback. We're always looking to improve LibreOffice
for you all (the users). We'll get a good healthy discussion about your
points and see if there is any consensus about solutions :)

Best Regards,

*Joel Madero*
LibreOffice QA Volunteer

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