About Languagetool/Lightproof (grammar checker)

julien2412 serval2412 at yahoo.fr
Wed Sep 4 08:26:48 UTC 2019


Taking a look at LanguageTool (grammar checker), I just wonder if we still
use it.
Indeed, LanguageTool is a Java component we have in version 1.7 whereas last
version is 4.6 (see
https://extensions.libreoffice.org/extensions/languagetool) and it seemed to
me we prefer the extension LightProof which uses Python.

Taking a look at git history, there's a config fix in 04/2019, a slight fix
in uitest in 08/2017, then you have about 20 commits between 2010 and 2014.

Taking a look at tdf bugtracker, I found above these 3 which contain
"languagetool" in their title:
- tdf#36540: XProofreader gets both deleted and inserted tracked changes,
causing spurious errors marked by LanguageTool

- tdf#92153: LanguageTool invokes appearing of pop-ups on (seemingly)
unrelated moments when JRE is disabled

- tdf#101687: LanguageTool - double spaces in automatic line break aren't

Considering all this, I wonder if it could be removed so :
- we may decruftify a bit LO code
- remove a bit of Java dependency
- promote LightProof

If we finally want to keep languagetool, perhaps we should create a new
enhancement bug to upgrade it.

Any thoughts?


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