Hacking OpenOffice.org dictionaries

Posted by dcparris on Feb 8, 2006 3:47 PM EDT
NewsForge; By Bruce Byfield
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Like many features in free and open source software, OpenOffice.org's spellcheck, hyphenation, and thesaurus dictionaries are based on code from earlier projects. You can learn the basics about them from the Lingucomponent Project, but detailed information is difficult to find. Thanks to an email message from a reader and a discussion on the OpenOffice.org mailing lists, I realized that no one had prepared instructions on how to edit the dictionaries. I began to investigate, using nothing but a file editor and persistence. The investigation was a mixed success, but I did learn enough to make some basic hacks and to note where more advanced methods were needed.

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