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    Default English language tools

    Hi there,
    I am using Lyx to write documents and I was wondering what type of English tools are in Linux . I guess the first one is the dictionary check but I was wondering if there is something that can also check
    for syntax mistakes and of
    for synonyms look up in thesaurus
    e.t.c
    Regards
    Alex

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    Default Re: English language tools

    Doesn't LibreOffice writer suffice ? Lyx is an advanced tool :-) to create documents
    You may need aspell(check spelling) installed according to this site LyX wiki | Devel / Aspell
    http://wiki.lyx.org/LyX/LyXOnOpenSUSE recommends that you may get latest lyx version from this repo Index of /repositories/Publishing
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    Hi, I want to try indeed lyx for latex documents.
    I will start using it tomorrow and give you more updates.

    Aspell does not look installed though but it looks like I am having spell check.

    Alex

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    If you don't mind an external Thesaurus you may try Artha. Select text in any application and if Artha (software.opensuse.org:) is already started you can just type "ctrl+alt+w" and the thesaurus tool shows the relevant info for selected text. Screenshot of artha in action

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    Default Re: English language tools

    LyX comes with the facility to access the same dictionaries and thesauri as LibreOffice - that is, myspell; just make sure they are installed - run hunspell -D to list the available dictionaries.

    It isn't able to access any grammar checkers.

    @vazhavandan no LibreOffice does not suffice; it is not intended to produce the high quality output that LaTeX does and it has none of cross-referencing and bibliographic facilities which make LyX/LaTeX the premier package for print and web-publishing.

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    Default Re: English language tools

    Although I haven't thought to much about using a Grammar Checker, it's interesting to me since one of my working projects is to do the inverse... implement systems to analyze text strings and extract meaning.

    So,
    a quick Google turns up this openoffice page (libreoffice and openoffice at the moment largely share the same API and Plugin architecture).
    https://www.openoffice.org/lingucomponent/grammar.html

    Although the page is largely a call to arms to make the project work, the link to the suggested English Language Grammar Checker "afterthedeadline" is a Grammar Checker that is already available by plugin.
    After the Deadline - Spell, Style, and Grammar Checker for WordPress, Firefox, TinyMCE, jQuery, and CKEditor

    I haven't trialed this, so if you try this do post your eval here so others know whether it's a good option.

    TSU

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    Quote Originally Posted by vazhavandan View Post
    If you don't mind an external Thesaurus you may try Artha. Select text in any application and if Artha (software.opensuse.org:) is already started you can just type "ctrl+alt+w" and the thesaurus tool shows the relevant info for selected text. Screenshot of artha in action

    Hi,
    thanks for the answer. I will try installing Artha. Is it possible to also use more dictionaries than the English?

    Regards
    Alex

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    thanks for the answer. I will try installing Artha. Is it possible to also use more dictionaries than the English?
    If you want Artha for non English stuff then i am afraid it is not possible.
    wordnet is A "lexical database for the English language"
    Unlike other thesauruses Artha+Wordnet is very powerful. It has a simple and also an advanced mode :-)
    What is the "other" dictionary you require? you have something in mind ?
    If you want to use non English dictionaries then you should have a dictionary tool if you use GNOME
    I am not well informed about KDE . I am pretty sure KDE must pack a pretty good dictionary tool too.
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    Hi thanks for the answer
    I am looking also forthe same type of functionality for German and Greek.
    In kde there is also kthesaurus but it looks like only English language is there. There are packages for Thesaurus in openoffice and I was wondering if I can import also those to the other "clients"

    Regards
    Alex

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    My feedback to others.
    I installed and tried also the after the deadline plugin for openoffice as well as the Language tool
    Both fail to see any mistake in the sentence below

    How do done did?

    Should not be able to find mistakes in such sentences or not?

    IF you want to try languagetool has a web interface to try out.

    English LanguageTool Community

    Alex

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