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Dictionary, spellcheck, wordbook
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Linguist was originally written to provide an easy way for users to create a list of new candidate words to the existing spellcheck dictionary for their language. Just run the command "List Non-recognized Words" and you will get a list of all the words from your document that are not recognized during spellchecking.

The extension has been enhanced with commands for making complete lists of all words in a text document - either as an alphabetical list or sorted after word frequency - and with a readability calculating function that expresses readability in a unit called Lix.

This extension is written in Python.


Version Operating system Compatibility Release date
1.5 System Independent 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 29/11/2010 - 08:24 More information Download
1.4.0 System Independent 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 05/04/2009 - 15:41 More information Download
1.3 System Independent 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 21/02/2009 - 15:44 More information Download
1.2.2 System Independent 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 08/07/2008 - 08:11 More information Download
1.1 System Independent 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 21/11/2007 - 15:15 More information Download
1.0-rc System Independent 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 21/10/2007 - 08:10 More information Download


I have this installed on my XP Pro machine and love it. I just converted my Dell to a Hackintosh (mac OS Snow Leopard) after installing this I received the following error message:
({{{ Message = "Binary URP bridge disposed during call", Context = ( }}}
It seems to be installed but I can't "enable" it.

I really want to be able to use this, can you give me some idea how to fix this?

Sorry, I don't maintain the extension any more.

I have this installed on my XP Pro machine and love it. I just converted my Dell to a Hackintosh (mac OS Snow Leopard) after installing this I received the following error message:
({{{ Message = "Binary URP bridge disposed during call", Context = ( }}}

I really want to be able to use this, can you give me some idea how to fix this?

Does not work in footnotes.
Is by design?

Yes, it only works on the body text of the document.

Finn Gruwier Larsen

This version 1.40 is really nice tool. Great! The only problem I have faced so far (after using it about one hour), is that calculations work differently in different documents. In some documents I can get all calculations (Unrecognized word, word list, word frequency), in some other documents only complete wordlist works. Only difference between documents is the number of header levels.


Hi, I modified the extension according to a request on a mailing-list:

Now, the extension calculate also the iteration of each words.
Here is the modified extension:

I'll integrate that in the next "official" version.

Finn Gruwier Larsen

this extension works in a similar fashion as this macro.

did you use that macro for inspiration?

Sub WrongWordsList

Dim oDocModel as Variant
Dim oTextCursor as Variant
Dim oLinguSvcMgr as Variant
Dim oSpellChk as Variant
Dim oListDocFrame as Variant
Dim oListDocModel as Variant
Dim sListaPalabras as String
Dim aProp() As New

oDocModel = StarDesktop.CurrentFrame.Controller.getModel()
If IsNull(oDocModel) Then
MsgBox("There's no active document." + Chr(13))
Exit Sub
End If

If Not HasUnoInterfaces (oDocModel, "") Then
MsgBox("This document doesn't support the 'XTextDocument' interface." + Chr(13))
Exit Sub
End If

oTextCursor = oDocModel.Text.createTextCursor()

oLinguSvcMgr = createUnoService("")
If Not IsNull(oLinguSvcMgr) Then
oSpellChk = oLinguSvcMgr.getSpellChecker()
End If
If IsNull (oSpellChk) Then
MsgBox("It's not possible to access to the spellcheck." + Chr(13))
Exit Sub
End If

If oTextCursor.isStartOfWord() Then
' Verificar si la palabra está bien escrita
If Not isEmpty (oTextCursor.getPropertyValue("CharLocale")) Then
If Not oSpellChk.isValid(oTextCursor.getString(), oTextCursor.getPropertyValue("CharLocale"), aProp()) Then
sListaPalabras = sListaPalabras + oTextCursor.getString() + Chr(13)
End If
End If
End If
Loop While oTextCursor.gotoNextWord(False)

If Len(sListaPalabras) = 0 Then
MsgBox("There are no errors in the document.")
Exit Sub
End If

oListDocFrame = StarDesktop.findFrame("fListarPalabrasIncorrectas",
If IsNull(oListDocFrame) Then
oListDocModel = StarDesktop.loadComponentFromURL("private:factory/swriter", "fListarPalabrasIncorrectas",, aProp())
oListDocFrame = oListDocModel.CurrentController.getFrame()
oListDocModel = oListDocFrame.Controller.getModel()
End If

oTextCursor = oListDocModel.Text.createTextCursor()

oListDocModel.Text.insertString (oTextCursor, sListaPalabras, False)


End Sub

No, I haven't seen that macro before. But as far as I can tell from the code, it basically does the same thing. It i easier, though, to install an extension than to install a piece of macro code. :-)


that macro however does a better job since it retrieves just mispelled words.

your extension has problems becuase it checks GUI language not the document language.

i write in italian and Linguist selects almost any word.

i'll keep using the macro. you should fix that feature.

I just installed an Italian dictionary and tried to run Linguist on an Itialian text after having set default document language to Italian. In a text with 145 words it just found 4 unknown words.

Just set default document language correctly in the Tools > Options > Languages menu, then it will work.

Btw: One of the four unknown words was 'Berlusconi' :-)

> Btw: One of the four unknown words was 'Berlusconi' :-)

this is correct because that is not an Italian word. It is a surname.
If you would like to have Italian surnames not reported as wrong words, then install the Italian surnames dictionary.

Actually you can do it only manually, but in the next days/weeks I will create an extension that will to all the job for OOo >= 3.0.
The dictionary can be found here, with the instruction to install it (only in Italian language):

The site is the home page of the Italian dictionary, Italian surname dictionary and Italian thesaurus


I've installed the latest release of this extension and have run it on several documents with Russian as the language of the Default style. In all instances, the result is the same: ‘List Unrecognized Words’ lists all words, not only misspelled ones. Is this because my GUI language is English (as Russian is not available so far)?

Finn Gruwier Larsen

Thanks for your comment. I am sorry to say that the current version still checks the GUI language, not the document language. I have planned to make a new version that checks the document language instead. I will see if I can get it done soon.

Finn Gruwier Larsen

I find this tool really useful!
Only, I would prefer if the statistics would open in a popup, instead of in a new document....
Thanks for this useful extension.

Version 1.1 adds readability (lix) measuring and other document statistics.

For big documents (not so big ones), the app freezes.
I tried with just one paragraph with few unrecognized words, it creates a new void document.

Please send a document that doesn't work to finn (at)

Finn Gruwier Larsen

Great script for many reasons. But you forgot to say, that the language is Danish ;-)

Leif Lodahl

Hi Leif,

It should definately work with other locales. As mentioned in the description, Linguist tests on the GUI locale setting to determine which locale to use for spellchecking. I've just verified that it works with US English. But there might be locales that it doesn't work with - especially if there are locales (other the Danish) that does not conform to the language-COUNTRY formula. In fact the script treats Danish as a special case, since for unknown reasons the GUI locale setting for Danish is not called 'da-DK', but just 'da'.


Couldn't Linguist check the language of the document instead of the GUI? I often work with documents in languages other than the interface language and would like to use Linguist to create wordlists for spellcheckers.

Hi Erdal,

I don't think there is a setting for the language of the document as such. In fact, each paragraph of a document can have its own language setting. But there is a setting called "default language for documents". If I used this it would be possible to set this setting to the language on which you want to spellcheck and still have another language in the GUI. I will consider that next time I make a release.