This article serves to point out the available OpenOffice.org language extensions. Currently, extensions provide added functionality to the Free and Open Source alternative to MS Office suite called OpenOffice.org. The majority of these are free of charge.
Oddly enough, many of the language extensions do not appear in the language section, so please be sure to check out all available extensions for a broader list of languages and tools.
Currently these addons offer enhancements for the following languages: English, Esperanto, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
These enhancements come in the form of grammar checkers, spell checkers, thesauri (thesauruses) and hyphernators. Specifically in regards to Serbian, Cyrillic to Latin and Latin to Cyrillic transliteration is enabled through the OOoTranslit extension.
Another nifty extension called Accentuate allows you to use accented and special characters not supported out of the box, great for people dealing in languages with high amounts of diacritics.
More of these extensions are being contributed regularly, so there very well may be additional languages and functions available when you read this article.
Varied versions of the OpenOffice.org suite can be downloaded free here for a range of languages. As this article goes to press, OpenOffice.org is available in:
Afrikaans, Arabic (عربي), Catalan (Català-Valencià), Chinese Simplified (简体中文), Chinese Traditional (正體中文), Danish (Dansk), Dutch (Nederlands), English (US), French (français), Italian (italiano), Galician , German (Deutsch), Japanese (日本語), Korean (한국어), Kurdish (Kurdî), Mongolian (Монгол), Norwegian (Bokmal), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Polish (polski), Portuguese (português europeu), Portuguese (brasileiro, do Brasil), Russian, Serbian (srpski), Spanish (español), Swedish (Svenska), Turkish (Türkçe) and Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).
As an aside, the OpenOffice.org extensions website is powered by Drupal, the same Open Source content management system that powers Free Language! :)
Publish your extensions and discover their popularity. Experience new functionality. Adjust your OpenOffice.org to your needs. Maximize your productivity with the help of extensions, which add functionality or slight tweaks to the user interface or entirely new features to the OpenOffice.org product.
Please note that some extensions hosted on this site are not free.