Canadian English LO spell check

Allan allan at
Sat Apr 12 18:45:02 UTC 2014

Canadian English spell check in LO is not functional as it should be.

If LANG=en_CA or en_CA.UTF-8, spell check will not work by default when
libreoffice is installed.

This probably affects a lot of Canadians and Canadian English
enthusiasts in the world who specify en_CA or en_CA.UTF-8 in the
installer and then find their spell check to be not working in LO, with
no warning at all.

More details below:

What happens is:
The language will display English (Canada) in LO but no spelling
mistakes will be highlighted. When a full spell check is performed, a
dialogue box appears with the misleading message: "The spellcheck is

US English spell check will work.

The cause is:
libreoffice will pull hunspell-en-us, not hunspell-en-ca.

Installing the hunspell-en-ca package installs the Canadian English
dictionary and effectively fixes spell check.


I've noticed this for years with various Ubuntu installers. I can't say
for all of them right now though, as I've recently only used the 13.10
minimal install (where this is still happening).

A fix would be to pull the hunspell-en-ca package as appropriate
depending on the LANG settings.
This should work with other variants too.

A warning should also be displayed if the dictionary is not present for
the selected language.

It'd be nice to know if this issue affects you, or if you want to
implement the fix.

Kind regards,

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