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    boggy

    I am sorry, but your "Spell checking in ...." in INCORRECT.  current version supports ONLY spelling in English.  It is actually disappointing that the author of this entry did not bother to VERIFY the list of published features.   I understand that the reason for this web site is to promote MSFT products, but instead people become VERY cynical about this company.  Reputation (good or bad) is something that people, companies earn, so shape up folks.  I really want to support you, but you make it so difficult... 

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    LarryLarsen

    Boggy,
    The reason for this website is to have a dialog with consumers and enthusiasts like yourself. Tell us what you want to see in Windows Live Writer, we'll take your feedback back to the team. As for this feature, you should check to see if you have the latest version.

    Version 14.0.8050.1202
    New Features
    Here are the new features available in this version:
    Spell checking in: Arabic, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, English (Australia), Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Turkish, and Ukrainian

     

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    Johannes Hansen

    Boggy, I see the other languages just fine...

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    boggy

    Hi Larry,

    First of all, I would like to apologize for the tone of my first message. After reading it, I realized that it was "a little bit" on an angry side.  I guess, it was a reaction to unfulfilled expectations, with a significant time of time spend on installation.  Smiley. I should have been more understanding, since it IS still a beta version. 

    Having said that, unfortunately I have to say - " I WAS right". (I am not trying to gloat... really, really. Just giving my observations, test results). 

    I took the time to reinstall all Live modules  from my Laptop. (with all the necessary reboots), and reinstalled "English" version of Live Writer.  Well, dictionary directory contained only 2 files mssp7en.lex and mssp7en.dll. This obviously gave me only 4 versions of English dictionary.
    So,  I continued with second installation, this time in Polish.  this DID provided me with 2 additional spelling files for that language (English dictionary files remained intact), but .... all user interface (as expected) was now in Polish.  No good. 
    In third step, I decided to run the installation of Live Writer again in English.  This time, the "update" program replaced all the Polish interface with English (so far so good) AND ... removed 2 dictionary files for Polish language.
    All of the exercise would have been for nothing, if I did not make an educated guess and follow the old rule of "trust, but verify", and created a backup copy of the two (now) missing files. 

    So, the only conclusion to my experiment is that the beta version has still some bugs that in some still to be determined situation will not install all necessary dictionaries, OR the feature claim is misleading (or unclear at best).

    Blogging is such a specific environment, where people many times use multiple languages for the same time.  The ONLY reason I would consider using LiveWriter's automatic support for edited languages in addition to the "offline" access. Yes, I could use Polish, or Russian, or German interface as I edit my files, but ... why should I. I prefer English ,since it is my daily interface for all other programs.
    Yes, I could use my browser to edit the blog with Google's toolbar and its spell checker, but again ... I'd rather not.

    Also, it does worry me the issue of LiveWriter altering the meta tags of used pictures (thanks Gcoupe for bringing it up).  This  "undocumented feature" would kill Live Writer for me.  

    Just so you have the right picture of my environment:
    Live Writer: Version 14.0.8050.1202
    O/S:                         XP with SP2.

    Thanks again, for the otherwise great product , and for fabulous on10.net site.  It became one of my "regular" daily stops. Smiley

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