Bug 92367 - UI access to user's personal/custom dictionary/wordbook
Summary: UI access to user's personal/custom dictionary/wordbook
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Blocks: Dictionaries
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Reported: 2015-06-27 00:44 UTC by Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired)
Modified: 2021-09-14 06:22 UTC (History)
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Description Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-06-27 00:44:15 UTC
When a word not found in libreoffice's default dictionary, a user can add what LO considers a mispelt word into a user's custom dictionary, which is found in <user profile>/wordbook/standard.dic, but this custom dictionary isnt accessible anywhere within the UI.

So i'd like to suggest a new dialog be created which allows the addition, editing, deletion, import and export of entries from a user's personal dictionary. I would suggest that the dialog be accessible from Tools > Language > Personal Dictionary, listed above More Dictionaries Online.

Maybe while this dialog is being worked on, the menu item could open the dictionary file in the host OS's default text editor.
Comment 1 tommy27 2015-06-27 05:26:17 UTC
I think we already have that.
Try "Tools/Options/Language Settings/Writing Aids/User-defined dictionaries/Edit"

I set status to WORKSFORME
feel free to revert it if you don't agree.
Comment 2 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-06-27 23:18:44 UTC
Yes you are correct Tommy that the option dialog provides the ability to add and remove entries from the personal dictionary, but should a user be able to access this add/remove dialog from within the menu?
Comment 3 tommy27 2015-06-29 08:28:43 UTC
so you basically you want to have a more direct access from the main menu to the "User-defined dictionaries/Edit" menu tab?
Comment 4 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-06-29 15:23:11 UTC
(In reply to tommy27 from comment #3)
> so you basically you want to have a more direct access from the main menu to
> the "User-defined dictionaries/Edit" menu tab?

Yes wondering whether easier access to the dialog from within the menu bar is something that would be an advantage to users.

Lets take an example of a user who typed in a word that he thought was correct and assume LO didnt have it in its dictionary and he decided to add it to the dictionary either in the context menu or in the spelling dialog. Then he found out he was mistaken and that wasnt the correct spelling and he wanted access to remove it from the dictionary. If he had added the word to the dictionary in the spelling dialog, he might think that would be the place to go to remove it.

@Heiko, Stuart: Any thoughts?
Comment 5 tommy27 2015-06-29 15:31:38 UTC
it's always been like that from OOo era but if you want to add an easier UI access to it I have no objections against it.
Comment 6 Heiko Tietze 2015-06-29 17:00:01 UTC
(In reply to Yousuf (Jay) Philips from comment #4)
> @Heiko, Stuart: Any thoughts?

We'd need a comprehensive list of requirements first. For instance, import/export of word lists from file, usage of the text editor to modify the list, easier and more transparent access to the dic (e.g. to choose the book depending on the scenario). And probably much more. For the current features (add/remove) the dialog is sufficient, IMHO.
Comment 7 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 05:38:54 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 Heiko Tietze 2021-09-14 06:22:43 UTC
The Edit Custom Dictionary dialog is also available from the spell-checking dialog via Options. Don't think we need a menu entry.