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Divvun spelling checkers for LibreOffice 4 on Windows 8
The Divvun group has in cooperation with the Voikko project and the Hfst team developed a new
serie of spelling checkers for LibreOffice. All source code for the
spelling checkers is completely open, both the linguistic and the
technical. In the long run this spelling checker will be integrated
into other systems and applications.
Install the spellchecker
Sami (and other) spelling checkers for LibreOffice can be
downloaded here. The downloaded
spellchecker extension looks like this (the name may vary):
Depending on your browser and system, the downloaded file will
either be automatically opened by LibreOffice or saved to disk.
If it is saved, double click it to install the extension.
LibreOffice will start and install the spelling checker. You will
get a question whether you want to install it. Click «Ok» to
When it is installed, a window like the one below will show up.
In the picture below, the new speller extension is selected and
highlighted in blue. You can click on the button "Innstillingar …"
to see what languages are available in the speller.
Click «Lukk» to end the installation.
How to use the spelling checker
If the input method and language are
in Windows 8.1, the spell checker language will
follow the keyboard (input) language automatically. If so, the
instructions below are superfluous. Just switch input method:
English keyboard layout when writing in English, North Sámi keyboard
when writing in North Sámi, etc. The speller language will switch
together with the keyboard layout!
To turn on the Divvn spell checker for North Sámi, do as follows:
- Click the fourth field from the left in the status bar, and
then click «More …»:
- Choose the Font tab in the dialog window
and choose the language you want (North Sámi in our case) from
the popup language menu:
For languages not registered with LO, you can still use the
spelling checker: instead of selecting the language in the pop-up
menu, you type in the ISO 639-3
code for your speller language, possibly
followed by a hyphen and the ISO 3166
country code for where the language
is used. We haven't found a system for when you need the country
code or not - you just need to try both.
- Now you can right click the misspelled word
and get correction suggestions (the "word" nuvviDspeller
will generate suggestions telling you what version you have of
the Divvun spell checker):
- If the above is not enough and you get no red lines under
misspellings, then do the following:
Open Preferences > Language Preferences > Writing
Aids and click OK. Now the spell
checking should start.