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Bug 95563 - enhancement request: Specialised user Dictionaries
Summary: enhancement request: Specialised user Dictionaries
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
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Reported: 2015-11-04 09:52 UTC by Matt
Modified: 2017-01-05 22:28 UTC (History)
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Description Matt 2015-11-04 09:52:43 UTC
One of the big things about writing certain documents is the lack of specialised Dictionaries.

While one is aware that it is easy to add to a user dictionary, this is a bit ad-hoc and not really practical in a day to day scenario.

What one would like is a 'Dictionary creator' that would allow users to easily create specialised dictionaries from scratch and be able to export them, so in theory one could create an Engineers, or Chemists, or fantasy writers dictionary/thesaurus and be able to export it, and check words of others etc.

While one could switch to MS Word and buy such things that defeats the OS nature of free knowledge.
Comment 1 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 05:39:00 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2016-09-21 11:34:14 UTC
Is your question answered with

I don't think we need a special editor mode to deal with dictionaries.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2017-01-03 16:06:28 UTC
Dictionaries work for me, the enhancement request is not clear. Closing as INSUFFICIENT.
Comment 4 Matt 2017-01-05 19:14:13 UTC
Many times people in specific professions need specialised dictionaries that are focused on the type of writing they do. The current personal dictionary system is that you can load your own words into a personal dictionary, however if you are working on projects that require specialist words, then currently a massive personal dictionary either slows down the system, or LO will not allow all the words.

While you can load specialist language dictionaries like French, Greek, English you cannot set up specialist word ones, like Medical, Engineering, writers, Physics, Chemistry, etc. Nor is their any way inc LO software to develop new Dictionaries for this, and this is a big issue for any profession that requires specialized words.

While One appreciates basic English/American is ok for some the need for this is as one has seen with quiet a few people and organisations from either working with or talking to online a factor which makes OS Libre Office a non viable option with regards office implementation or system implementation inc funding as a cheaper and more ethical alternative to Microsoft Office which currently does allow for specialised Dictionaries and actively helps users and organisation/Universities and businesses develop them.
Comment 5 Heiko Tietze 2017-01-05 20:24:34 UTC
You can use different dictionaries. Create your special dic and use this in document A and another one in B. The reference explains how to do that. What do you expect beyond that?
Comment 6 Matt 2017-01-05 22:14:20 UTC
So by doing this I can create or others can create a custom dictionary for a specific field of endeavour like mechanics, engineering, Biology, Physics and share it nationally.

Unfortunately not all of us are programmers and so the how tocreate a dictionary is it seems fraught with difficulty and one has tried googling it but same applies lots of custom personal ones but nothing on how to create and propergate one or more.

If their was an App/Gui Program that allowed you to dump your custom words, create a description, fill in some of the gaps non OS bits like Creative Commons bits and such then that would help as it could allow those specialist in the field of their studies to create custom dictionaries quickly and in the correct format for LO.
Comment 7 V Stuart Foote 2017-01-05 22:28:16 UTC
It requires no programming. Just dump your word list--annotate with hypenbreaks if needed and post it to the appropriate folder (per user or shared). And, the existing GUI lets you do most of the work as well as clean up and additions.