Spelling check shows too many dictionaries

Bug #663032 reported by Atti on 2010-10-19
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
espa-nol (Ubuntu)
firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

When you right click a text box Firefox gives you the option to choose the dictionary for the spelling check.
The problem is that if you speak languages like english (US variant, UK variant, Australian variant..) and spanish (Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua...) the list gets HUGE! (as shown in the attached picture)

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: firefox 3.6.10+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.34-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Tue Oct 19 02:07:37 2010
 firefox 3.6.10+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
 firefox-gnome-support 3.6.10+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
 firefox-branding 3.6.10+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
 abroswer N/A
 abrowser-branding N/A
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
SourcePackage: firefox

Atti (atti84it) wrote :
Anonymous Meerkat (lkjoel) wrote :

Need more info.
What myspell/hunspell packages do you have?

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Anonymous Meerkat (lkjoel) wrote :

... and what dictionaries do you want?

Atti (atti84it) wrote :

Theese are the packages that are installed at the moment:
myspell-en-au myspell-en-za myspell-fr myspell-en-gb myspell-es myspell-it

Each of them provides several dictionaries. I want only one of each language, it doesn't really matter which one, so this is just an example: English (UK), Spanish (Spain), French (France), Italian (Italy).

There's a similar discussion here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=9806282

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Atti (atti84it) wrote :

I've found a workaround for this problem:
Go to /usr/share/hunspell and delete all the symbolic links (as root), then restart Firefox

I still think that common users shouldn't need to become root and delete symlinks to change this trivial option!

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for firefox (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
José Lou Chang (obake) on 2014-09-28
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
José Lou Chang (obake) wrote :

This has been going on for far too many years. I believe it is imperative that we do not flood with MANY dictionaries when we just want one. It is extremely impractical to have to scroll the long menu items to find the desired dictionary.

When installing Spanish dictionary such as myspell-es, it installs TWENTY-ONE Spanish dictionaries from diverse countries. This is in contrast to the English dictionaries where each dialect has their own package (myspell-en-au, myspell-en-us, etc)

José Lou Chang (obake) wrote :

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04, the current version of Ubuntu.

tags: added: aspell aspell-es dictionary firefox myspell myspell-es spanish
removed: maverick
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