2008-08-09: OpenOffice.org 3.0 and Grammar Checking
OpenOffice.org 3.0 is going to be released next month and it features a grammar checker API. That is, a grammar checker can integrate itself into OpenOffice.org and check text while the user is typing text. The most recent release of LanguageTool, 0.9.3, makes use of this, thanks to the work of Marcin Miłkowski. It still has some bugs, but it is useful already:
In related news, the upcoming version of OpenOffice.org will not use the dictionary wizard (DicOOo) anymore, instead dictionaries for spell checking and thesauri will be installed as extensions. You can download those extensions from the official extension website.
2007-09-26: OpenOffice.org Conference Slides
2007-09-18: OpenOffice.org 2.3 and LanguageTool 0.9.1
Tomorrow I'll travel to the OpenOffice.org conference in Barcelona. I'll publish my slides (about grammar and spell checking and thesauri) here after the conference.
2006-12-17: OpenOffice.org Dictionaries in Wiki
2006-07-03: OpenOffice.org 2.0.3 now includes OpenThesaurus
2006-03-10: New linguistic features in OpenOffice.org 2.0.2
- English: the thesaurus can finally be used with British English without the need to configure anything. As before, the thesaurus accepts and lists both American and British English spellings.
- German: The hyphenation patterns have been improved. Wrong hyphenations have been fixed, and many hyphenation points that had been missing are now detected. However, the algorithm still isn't perfect, it sometimes makes mistakes with compound nouns.
- German: Björn Jacke's spelling dictionaries are now part of OpenOffice.org, so there's no need to download German dictionaries anymore (except the thesaurus). The dictionaries now accept many compound words like Baustellenschild and Mehrheitsgesellschafter thanks to features in Hunspell, which has replaced MySpell as OpenOffice.org's integrated spell checker.
2006-02-26: Swiss version of OpenThesaurus
2006-02-22: Improved OpenThesaurus for OpenOffice.org
As usual, you can install the new thesaurus version using File -> Wizards -> Install new dictionaries.