OpenOffice problem with Hebrew GUI

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Thu Jun 29 19:53:28 BST 2006

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 20/06/06, Nigel Ridley <nigel at> wrote:
>> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> > On 16/06/06, Nigel Ridley <nigel at> wrote:
>> >> I have upgraded to Dapper and installed all the Hebrew packages I 
>> could
>> >> find (except the Gnome ones) and everything is working well :-) Except
>> >> that is, OpenOffice.
>> >>
>> >> When the GUI of OpenOffice is in English there is no problems but if I
>> >> change the 'User Interface' (Tools > Options > Languages) to Hebrew,
>> >> then restart OpenOffice, all the Font fields are empty! There are 
>> other
>> >> issues as well including the fact that if I go to change the 'User
>> >> Interface' settings, everything is grayed out.
>> >>
>> >> I have to delete /home/nigel/.openoffice.org2 and restart OpenOffice
>> >> again - and keep it in English :-(
>> >>
>> >> Anybody else experience this (in other languages as well) - is it 
>> just a
>> >> Kubuntu bug or an OpenOffice one?
>> >>
>> >> Blessings,
>> >>
>> >> Nigel
>> >>
>> >
>> > It's a OOo issue. Not long ago, the Hebrew translation was
>> > half-German. I'd recommend sticking with the English interface (great
>> > way to improve our English) or to use Koffice. In fact, I'm so happy
>> > with Koffice (fast startup, no lag) that it's all I use now. Unless
>> > you need some real advanced features, then Koffice should be enough.
>> > Note that some .doc files display better in OOo than in Koffice,
>> > though.
>> >
>> > Dotan Cohen
>> >
>> > 4442
>> >
>> Thanks Dotan,
>> I'm not a word processor kinda guy but my children need it for school
>> homework.
>> I just found a couple of annoying  bugs[?] - one in OOo, where although
>> there was a space between two words it printed with no space (I had to
>> put in an 'extra' space to get it to print properly) this only happened
>> to two sets of words in a couple of small paragraphs (Hebrew).
>> The other one in KWord is that typing in Hebrew (it's OK in English), if
>> you continue typing until you get to the end of the line and it
>> automatically jumps to the next line, there is a 'half space' at the
>> beginning of the line that can't be gotten rid of :-)
>> Maybe I should teach them HTML and CSS :-)
>> Blessings,
>> Nigel
> Nigel, first check that you are on the latest versions of the two
> programs. If you are, then you should report these bugs to OOo and
> KDE. If the documents that cause the bug to show are not sensitive,
> then you could include them in the bug report.
> I haven't had these problems, and I've always been on the latest
> builds. If you want to sned to me the documents, I'll check them
> personally. Tell me if they are sensitive so that I will not share
> them with others.
> Dotan Cohen
> 4

Dotan Shalom,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. I lost your last message 
somewhere so am replying to an earlier one :-(

I don't know of any other Linux users in the Sharon area but do know, 
through Gnubies-il, that there are/were quite a few in and around Haifa 

I'm slowly getting better at reading/writing Hebrew - even subscribed 
the to 'Yanshuf' newspaper to help.

Anyway, thanks for the help and encouragement :-)





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