Using Spellcheck in NeoOffice

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===British English=== ===British English===
-Brits will find the spellcheck in NeoOffice/J a pain; something they may also experience in OpenOffice.org and MS Word. The default form of '''English''' in Mac OS X is US English, which sets the NeoOffice/J spellcheck to US spellings. Changing the spellcheck itself appears to have no effect, each new document reverts to US English.+Before installing NeoOffice/J, make sure you have '''British English''' at the top of the list of languages in '''System Preferences>International>Language''' (click the '''Edit List...''' button to add it if need be). This situation may already be the case if, during the "Welcome" introduction, you selected your location as a British city when first installing or running the OS. If not, then the default form of English in Mac OS X is US English, which sets the NeoOffice/J spellcheck to US spellings. Even with British English at the top of the list, NeoOffice/J may still default to US English. If so, after launching NeoOffice/J, open '''Preferences>Language Settings>Languages''' and choose '''English (UK)''' from the '''Locale setting''' menu. This will auto-populate the '''Default currency''' as ''GBP £ English (UK)'' and the '''Default languages for documents>Western''' as ''English (UK)'' (or you can choose these yourself if it doesn't).
-To fix this you need to create a blank document which you have preset to UK English as the default format. First start a new text document and save it as 'Blank'. Type in some random but correctly spelt English. I suggest harbour, centre and colour. Highlight the whole document. Then go to the '''Format''' menu, choose '''Character''' and set the "Font" to whatever you prefer and the language to "English (UK)". Save this and use it as the starting point for all new text documents. Remember to give the document a new file name once you have started entering new text. It seems to work.+If you have already installed NeoOffice/J, and the language settings are defaulted to US English and won't change to UK English you can fix this by re-installing NeoOffice/J after you have set the System Language to British English (you may need to remove your ~/Library/NeoOfficeJ-1.1 folder as well to reset your preferences to the defaults).
===Norwegian and Mac OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x=== ===Norwegian and Mac OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x===

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NeoOffice/J activates the language tools (spell check, thesaurus, etc.) for the language that is set as the default in the System Preferences when you launch NeoOffice/J, provided your language is one of the 12 shipped in the default NeoOffice/J install or you have the appropriate language pack installed.

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Activating the Writing Tools for Your Preferred Language

In order to active the writing tools for your preferred language, simply ensure that language is set as topmost one in the Languages: list in the Language tab of the International pane of the Mac OS X System Preferences before launching NeoOffice/J for the first time.

Enabling Writing Tools for Additional Languages

NeoOffice/J does not activate all available dictionaries because of a crippling bug in the OpenOffice.org code which causes tremendous slowdowns when more than one or two dictionaries are activated. By default, NeoOffice/J uses only the dictionary for your default language.

If you desire to use writing tools for additional languages (e.g., to work on a document in French and German), you can follow these steps to activate the writing tools for additional languages (again, provided you have the appropriate language pack installed for languages other than the 12 in the default NeoOffice/J install). If you use Norwegian (Nynorsk or Bokmål) and run a version of Mac OS X prior to 10.4, see the section Norwegian and Mac OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x below for additional required steps.

For each additional language whose writing tools you wish to enable, perform the following steps:

  1. Install the appropriate language pack, if necessary.
  2. In the Language tab of the International pane of the Mac OS X System Preferences, set the language whose writing tools you wish to enable to be the topmost in the Languages: list.
  3. Launch NeoOffice/J.
    NeoOffice/J will enable the writing tools for the language selected in step 2.
  4. Quit NeoOffice/J.
    If you wish to enable writing tools for more languages, repeat steps 1-4 for each additional language.
  5. Finally, in the Language tab of the International pane of the Mac OS X System Preferences, set the language you wish to use for the user interface in NeoOffice/J to be the topmost in the Languages: list (i.e., choose the language that was set as topmost before beginning this process).

If you have multiple users on the same Macintosh, you will need to repeat steps 2-5 for each user, as the list of enabled writing tools is set per-user (each language pack needs only to be installed once, though).

Selecting the Dictionary to be Used in a Document or Section

If you have multiple languages and dictionaries enabled, you can control which dictionary is used by setting the appropriate preferences.

To set the language of an entire document, select Preferences… from the NeoOffice/J menu, then click the "plus in a box" next to Language Settings to expand that section. Next select the Languages item and set the "Default languages for documents" as desired (either for all new documents, or for the current document only with the appropriate checkbox).

To set the the language of a particular section of text, select the text and choose Character... from the Format menu; set the appropriate language via the appropriate Language box in the Font tab.

Be sure to set the language of the document and/or each section of text appropriately or spell-check will not work.

Sometimes this process gets convoluted; there is a trinity thread that attempts to walk through troubleshooting why language (and thus dictionary) settings "don't stick" sometimes.

Changing the language of the NeoOffice/J user interface

NeoOffice/J uses the topmost language in the list in the International pane of the System Preferences to determine the interface language. For details on using an interface language other than the one specified in the System Preferences, consult Changing the Language of the User Interface.

Language-specific Notes

British English

Before installing NeoOffice/J, make sure you have British English at the top of the list of languages in System Preferences>International>Language (click the Edit List... button to add it if need be). This situation may already be the case if, during the "Welcome" introduction, you selected your location as a British city when first installing or running the OS. If not, then the default form of English in Mac OS X is US English, which sets the NeoOffice/J spellcheck to US spellings. Even with British English at the top of the list, NeoOffice/J may still default to US English. If so, after launching NeoOffice/J, open Preferences>Language Settings>Languages and choose English (UK) from the Locale setting menu. This will auto-populate the Default currency as GBP £ English (UK) and the Default languages for documents>Western as English (UK) (or you can choose these yourself if it doesn't).

If you have already installed NeoOffice/J, and the language settings are defaulted to US English and won't change to UK English you can fix this by re-installing NeoOffice/J after you have set the System Language to British English (you may need to remove your ~/Library/NeoOfficeJ-1.1 folder as well to reset your preferences to the defaults).

Norwegian and Mac OS X 10.2.x and 10.3.x

Due to bugs in Apple's language codes in versions of Mac OS X prior to 10.4, dictionaries are not activated automatically when Norwegian is set as the top-most language in those versions of Mac OS X.

In order to work around this bug and enable one or more of the Norwegian dictionaries, follow these steps:

  1. First, ensure you have downloaded and installed the Scandanavian and Baltic language pack.
  2. Select the NeoOffice/J application in the Finder and choose Get Info from the Finder's File menu.
  3. In the "NeoOfficeJ Info" window, click on the triangle to the left of Languages: to expand that section.
  4. Uncheck all of the languages except the variant of Norwegian you wish to enable.
    You must be a user with administrative rights in order to uncheck these boxes.
  5. Launch NeoOffice/J; your dictionary will be enabled, and NeoOffice/J will display the user interface in that variant.
  6. If you wish to enable dictionaries for a second variant, quit NeoOffice/J and repeat steps 4 and 5.
    Both dictionaries will remain active once they have been activated; however, only the language (Nynorsk or Bokmål) that is checked in the Languages: section of the "NeoOfficeJ Info" window will be used as the UI language. If more than one language is checked, NeoOffice/J will use the one that is first alphabetically.

Apple fixed this bug in Mac OS X 10.4, so users can add Nynorsk or Bokmål to the Languages: section of the International System Preferences and follow the normal steps to enable those dictionaries and choose one or the other as the UI language.

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