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Thai spell checker

Typing, encoding, and display of Thai characters

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Thai spell checker

Postby John » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:50 am

I just discovered something that might interest many of you.

I have recently started using a free office package with word processor called "Libra". It is Microsoft Word compatible and more. What is amazing to me is that it has a Thai spell checker. :D
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Re: Thai spell checker

Postby thainongkhai » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:33 pm

Maybe it is called Libre or LibreOffice.
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Re: Thai spell checker

Postby Richard Wordingham » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:52 pm

The amazing thing is that it seems to have been a matter of unbreaking the Thai spell checker in LibreOffice. I asked the innocent question of how to share any fix I might manage to make should be shared with others, and hey presto! The major failings were fixed by disabling custom code! I didn't have to submit any fixes. The last time I looked, there were still a lot of rough edges - it's difficult to add a word to the spelling checker if the word-breaking (i.e. identification of word boundaries) doesn't isolate it as a word. The word-breaker does heed ZWSP (break, no-space) and WJ (no-break no-space), though there has been discussion of when their use should induce it to rely on the user for word-breaks.

Also, last time I looked the spell-checker itself was very poor at suggesting corrections for short words - not foreigner-friendly. That can be tweaked by changing the spell-checker data files, though possibly at the risk of making it slower.
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