Basic English Translation for OpenOffice.org Word Processor
This uses the Thesaurus feature of OpenOffice.org to translate from standard English to Ogden's Basic English. The Basic English spell check will identify words that need translation to Basic. Use of the drop down thesaurus will offer Basic wording alternatives for various senses of the word. OpenOffice.org (OOo) (word processor suite)
is an open, free software clone of MS-Office suite.
Note: This project has U.S. Dept of Education interest.
Files contained: The ZIP file will automatically download, but you will need
software to UNZIP it.
If you don't want to use the ZIP form, click on any of the filenames below and SAVE AS to your disk.
http://www.basic-english.org/down/download.html -- downloads page.
SETUP for Windows:
The OOo dictionary root directory -- your working directory-- is probably named
C:\Program Files\OpenOffice.org 2.0\share\dict\ooo
It will contain dictionary files for several languages. Each language has files for
spell checking that include : a dictionary (.dic), its affix file (.aff).
For translation/thesaurus there is a data file (th_en_BE.dat) and an index file ( (th_en_BE.idx) There may be, a hyphenation file (hyp_en_US.dic).
We will select a country code known to OOo and pretend that Basic English is the dialect of that country name. We have used English (Belize) and tell it to use Basic English.
Good computer practice is to make a backup of the enter file that came with OOo.
B To Review :
1 . Make a backup copy of the original directory. Create a new sub-directory under /ooo and name it originals. Copy (not move) the complete /ooo directory into
Note: Because you should have already setup for Spell Checking, we will use the
same naming conventions that we described in Read Spell Check
2 . Copy three unZipped files into the first directory :
Program Files\OpenOffice.org 2.0\share\dict\ooo\
Note : That's all. Use just as you have been with en_BZ spell check.
dictionary.lst - you will replace the original file of this name.
Exit OOo QuickStart icon. 2
Start OOo. (quick start icon will reappear.)
Thesaurus. The thesaurus is found on a drop-down from :
toolbar : Tools | Language | Thesaurus.
You may test the thesaurus feature with the word "aardvark". Multiple
choices should appear.
But it is a lot faster to use function keys, we use Cntl F7.
3 . Commonwealth users (only) will want to use GB hyphenation.
Open Program Files\OpenOffice.org 2.0\share\dict\ooo\ dictionary.lst with any text editor.
Change this line in dictionary.lst from US to GB :
HYPH en BZ hyph_en_US to HYPH en BZ hyph_en_GB
On the taskbar, select Tools
then Options at very bottom of the list
Again, on the taskbar, select Tools
then Language Setting
Under "Default languages for documents" | Western
select English (Belize)
That is all that is needed
then Language Setting
then Writing Aids
Look at Options box on the bottom of that page and be sure that
these are NOT marked.
[ ] "Check in all languages"
[ ] "Do not mark errors".
Exit OOo QuickStart icon. 2
Restart OOo. Any new writing in OOo will be spell checked for Basic English. (unless or until you change Language to another, such as to your native language. You are able to change this for any or every document. Type a few words. See Tools | Spell check | Options and be sure [x] [English (Belize)] is checked.
1 . All capitalized words (Proper Nouns) can be considered as legitimate Basic English.
2 . OpenOffice must have a complete restart to see option changes. (not a system restart.) That means
you have to close the QuickStart icon. Then open OpenOffice which may take 30 seconds.
QuickStart will be activated for the rest of the day. If you make additional changes to options today, you will have to close OpenOffice and QuickStart and open OOo again.
To Undo Basic English:
There are no registry changes. You can delete files you don't want.
Change Tools | Options | Language Setting | Languages to your native language.
AutoCorrect is a useful feature. For example: the word "can" is not Basic.
You can have this automatically changed to "be able to" (or to "may") by going to Taskbar, click : TOOLS | then AUTOCORRECT. . .
Select the language English (Belize) and enter under Replace, "can", and under With, "are able to". Or to be more general "(be) able to". Hint : look under English (US) to see
some how AutoCorrect works, there are likely a few spelling corrections or features already there, such as replace "(c)" with "©".
Link to : More ReadOOo More than you need to know.
But computer oriented persons may want to make some personal enhancements.
Back to : Downloads
About this Page: readtran.html -- Readme file of OpenOffice.org thesaurus/translation feature.
Last updated September 12, 2006
Sept 12. Beta version , improved this page.
The compilation of the Basic English translation dictionary for OpenOffice use
as a thesaurus
Sept 11. Alpha version , minor changes to first draft to add _v2
Sept 5 . First draft.
is graciously provided by Carl Ray, Ed.D.
History : Translation version 0.5k of Aug 31, 2006.