Enable CTL for Default?

Nathan Wells sungkhum at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 17:31:40 PDT 2012

I also concer with Shahar - if LibreOffice would enable CTL by default it
would overcome a huge obsticle for the computer iliterate who hear
LibreOffice works in their language, only to try it and get frustrated. I
hear of many who try to use LibreOffice in Khmer (I live and work in
Cambodia) who can't figure out how to get LibreOffice to display Khmer
correctly and then go back to Microsoft Word (even though LibreOffice has
many more features for Khmer than MSOffice).

I think enabling CTL by default would increase useability in a major way.


On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 2:03 AM, Shahar Or <mightyiampresence at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi. I submitted the fdo #47969 requesting RTL on by default.
> Whatever the technical considerations may be, and I realize that there are
> a lot of them, this is an old relic and needs some thought, the voices of
> reason have been present here and I just wish to add the original
> complaint, if I may call it that, that the issue is so great, that users
> who should be able to use LibO for their work and they expect it to just
> work, they encounter something new- an Office suit that knows not of their
> needs. And I have heard a statement here that this only affects a small
> number of users but this couldn't be further from the truth. You probably
> realize that this is the most popular and best alternative productivity
> suite - certainly the most popular in Linux distributions nowadays. And
> these Linux distributions get far and wide, into the middle east and into
> the hands of users whom use Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, etc..
> This is a compelling issue. I would say a burning issue. Let us address
> this in the most urgent manner and only afterwards should we deal with all
> the consequences regarding performance, semantics, UI and all, which are
> important, but let us first put out the fire, as we like to say here in the
> middle east.
> So the putting out of the fire as you probably assume what I am about to
> suggest is to enable RTL (CTL) by default as was suggested. There are
> concerns of bugs popping up but let me say two things about this. First,
> I've been using LibO with CTL on since it's first packaging into an Ubuntu
> release and I don't remember serious RTL bugs, let alone bugs which affect
> non-RTL works just by enabling CTL. Second, don't we have development
> branches for these kind of things - the odd numbered versions?
> Thanks for all the attention that this gets. It really deserves it! We are
> a good amount of users, here in the middle east and around the world!
> Blessings,
> Shahar
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