Bug 34141 - Functionality request: Impress language identification similar to Writer's status bar
Summary: Functionality request: Impress language identification similar to Writer's st...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.5.0 RC1
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 95499 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Statusbar
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Reported: 2011-02-10 09:02 UTC by Christophe Strobbe
Modified: 2019-11-02 23:05 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

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2012-05-02 05:28 UTC, sasha.libreoffice

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Description Christophe Strobbe 2011-02-10 09:02:05 UTC
In LibO Writer, the user can set the language for the whole document, for a paragraph (the current paragraph) or just a selection through the menus Tools > Language > For Selection / For Paragraph / For all Text.
In Impress, there is no similar menu item. Apparently, language needs to be set by setting the default language in Tools > Options > Language Settings > Language, i.e. you set the language for your next presentation. There are two problems with this:
* the language is not visible in the status bar (unlike Writer)
* there is no mechanism to identify the language of content in languages other than the default language.
Setting the correct language for a presentation and for any content in other languages is essential for accessibility, especially for persons who rely on text-to-speech and/or Braille (not just blind people; dyslexics also use text-to-speech).
It would be great if this could be added to Impress.
Comment 1 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 11:45:21 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 sasha.libreoffice 2012-01-04 02:26:10 UTC
-To change language of text: select text and do Format->Character (or on toolbar icon "Character"), tab "Font" there in middle is area "Language". 
-To change language in all presentation that is being created, we need change styles of presentation (in tab "Text" is language)
-No way to change language by one click as in Writer

I transform this bugreport to functionality request to add language change in status bar as in Writer
Comment 3 Christophe Strobbe 2012-01-27 02:59:15 UTC
I confirm that this feature request is still relevant to LibreOffice 3.5.0 RC1 (i.e. the feature has not been implemented yet: there is no language identification on Impress' statusbar). So I change the status from unconfirmed to new.
Comment 4 Brabantia helpdesk 2012-03-27 03:17:06 UTC
Also for uniformity of the office applications, this feature would be greatly appriciated.
Comment 5 Brabantia helpdesk 2012-04-24 07:04:26 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> -To change language in all presentation that is being created, we need change
> styles of presentation (in tab "Text" is language)

Sasha, can you explain in a little bit more detail what you mean here? I cannot seem to find these options.

Thanks in advance.
Comment 6 sasha.libreoffice 2012-04-25 09:07:38 UTC
@ Brabantia
In my comment mentioned 3 things. What of them to explain?
Comment 7 Brabantia helpdesk 2012-05-02 05:01:04 UTC
@Sasha, in order to change the language in the whole presentation, we need to change the style as you state here:

"-To change language in all presentation that is being created, we need change
styles of presentation (in tab "Text" is language"

But I am unble to find the tab "text is language". Could you tell me where to find this setting?

Thanks in advanced.

Comment 8 sasha.libreoffice 2012-05-02 05:28:19 UTC
Created attachment 60896 [details]
Screenshot of editing style, tab Text
Comment 9 Brabantia helpdesk 2012-05-02 06:51:19 UTC
Thank you very very mutch :)
Comment 10 Paul-Antoine Arras 2012-10-18 11:23:48 UTC
This feature is also important for people who regularly work with presentations in different languages. For instance, at work I deal with some presentations in French and some others in English, according to the intended audience. Thus having to change the default language setting each time I want to switch languages is quite annoying.
Comment 11 Rodrigo Primo 2014-05-03 14:55:58 UTC
Any progress on this? This feature is important for those who work on presentations in different languages as others mentioned.
Comment 12 A (Andy) 2015-04-04 21:09:44 UTC
Reproducible with LO, Win 8.1
Comment 13 A (Andy) 2015-11-07 09:12:31 UTC
*** Bug 95499 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Christophe Strobbe 2019-10-22 14:30:52 UTC
I have rechecked this in LibreOffice on MX Linux 18.1. LibreOffice Impress now has language identification in the status bar, but it is not possible to click on this to open a language selection menu.

However, in LibreOffice on openSUSE Leap 15.1, clicking on the language identification section of the status bar opens a menu with the items "English (UK)" (or whatever the current language is), "None (Do not check spelling", "Reset to Default Language" and "More...". 
Clicking "More..." opens the Languages part of the LibreOffice Options dialog, i.e. where you set the language for the entire presentation.