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Title: Typing in Local Languages

Author: Pratik Kamble

Novice Reviewer:

Domain Reviewer: Praveen and Nancy

Keywords: Language Support, Hindi, Hindi KaGaPa Phonetic, Show Keyboard Layout

Visual Cue Narration
Slide - Title Welcome to the spoken tutorial on Typing in Local Languages in LibreOffice Writer
Slide - Learning Objectives In this tutorial, we will learn to:
  • Install Language packages in Writer
  • Configure Local Language setting and
  • Type text in Local Language
Slide: System Requirements This tutorial is recorded using
  • Ubuntu Linux OS version 18.04 and
  • LibreOffice Suite version 6.3.5
Slide: Code files
  • The files used in this tutorial have been provided to you in the Code files link on this tutorial page.
  • Pls download and extract the file.
  • Make a copy and then use it for practising.
Only Narration Now, I will explain how to configure Local language typing in Writer.

For demonstration we will use Hindi language.

Only Narration To type in Hindi, we need Lohit Deva packages.
Only Narration In the latest version of Ubuntu Linux, the Lohit Deva packages are installed by default.
Only Narration Now let’s install or check packages for Devnagri font through the terminal.
Open Terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt +T Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T keys together.

sudo apt install fonts-lohit-deva [Enter]

Type the following command in the terminal

sudo apt install fonts-lohit-deva and press Enter

Enter password and Press Enter Type the admin password if prompted and press Enter.
Point to message You could get a message “fonts-lohit-deva is already the newest version”.

This means the font lohit-deva is already on your system.

Else the language package will get installed.

Click on X icon Once the installation is over, close the terminal.
Click on Show Application icon Now click on the Show Applications or Dash home icon at the bottom left of the screen.
Type language support >> press Enter In the search bar, type language support and then click on the Language Support icon.
Point to pop up box

Click on Remind me later

If the language support is not installed completely, you may get a pop-up message box.

Click on the Remind Me Later button to close it.

Language Support dialog box

Click on Install/ Remove Languages button

Now we are in the Language Support dialog box.

Under the Language tab, click on the Install/ Remove Languages button.

Installed Languages dialog box Installed Languages dialog box opens up.

Scroll and choose the language of your choice from the displayed list.

Point to English

Select Hindi

We can see that English is already selected by default.

We will choose another language, say Hindi.

Put check mark

Click on Apply button

Put a check mark in the checkbox for Hindi.

Then click on the Apply button at the bottom.

Authentication Required pop-up

Type admin password and click on Authenticate button

A pop-up appears saying Authentication Required.

Type the admin password in the Password field and click on the Authenticate button.

Applying Changes dialog box

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Applying Changes pop-up box opens and it shows a progress bar.

It may take some time to install the newly selected language package.

Slide - Package Installation error If you get error like Failed to download packages”

Refer to theAdditional Reading Material of this tutorial.

Only Narration Once done, the installation dialog box closes by itself.
Point to Hindi language Now, go to the Language for menus and windows section and scroll down.

We can see the newly added language Hindi.

Point to Keyboard input method system

Point to IBus

Make sure that the Keyboard input method system is set to IBus.

If not, then select it from the drop-down.

Click on Close button Now click on the Close button at the bottom right.
Click on Show Application Click on the Show Applications or Dash home icon at the bottom left of the screen again.
Type Settings and Click on Settings In the search bar, type Settings and click on the Settings icon.
Click on Settings - > Region & Language On the left, we can see list of Settings option

If not click on the back button to go back to the Settings page

From the list select Region & Language option

Click on Input sources -> Plus symbol To add the newly installed language Hindi, click on the plus symbol below the Input Sources section.
Point to Add and Input Source

Click on 3 dots icon and select Hindi

Add an input source window opens.

From the list, select Hindi.

Only Narration In case if Hindi language option is not available, click on the 3 dots icon.
Point to various options It has various options for Hindi input.
Select Hindi (KaGaPa phonetic) Select Hindi (KaGaPa phonetic)
Click on Add button Then click on the Add button located at the top right corner of the window.
Point to Input Sources -> Hindi Now we can see the selected language Hindi as one of the Input Sources item.
Click on X icon Close the Settings window by clicking on X icon.
Point to en Go to the Taskbar located at the top right corner of the Desktop screen.

We can see the “en” drop-down which is called the Input Language menu.

Click on Down arrow Click on the down arrow.
Point to Hindi KaGaPa We see the newly added Hindi (KaGaPa phonetic) language along with English US.
Only Narration To type in the newly added language, we need to restart the computer.
Press Ctrl+Alt+T Now open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T keys together
[Terminal] type: sudo reboot

Enter the admin password

In the terminal, type sudo reboot and press Enter.

Type the admin password if prompted and press Enter.

Only Narration Our system has now rebooted.
Open Terminal Ctrl + Alt + T Open the terminal by pressing Ctrl + Alt+ T keys together.
Type locale -a

Enter password

In the terminal type the following command:

locale -a and press Enter

Type the admin password if prompted and press Enter.

Point to hi_IN or hi_IN.utf8 We can see a list of languages along with newly added language that hi_IN or hi_IN.utf8
Only Narration That means that we have successfully installed the new input language, that is Hindi.
Open new Writer document Now open a new Writer document.
Type Welcome to Spoken Tutorial Now type Welcome to Spoken Tutorial and press Enter.
Point to status bar (English) As we have set English as the default language, we can see the same in the status bar.
Only Narration

Click on en Down arrow

Select Hindi KaGaPa

Let us change the language from English to Hindi.

To do so, click on the Input Language down arrow next to en at the top right corner of the Task bar.

Then select Hindi (KaGaPa phonetic).

Only Narration Let’s see how the Hindi keyboard layout looks like.
Click on Show Keyboard Layout

So, first click on the Input Language down arrow.

Then select Show Keyboard Layout.

Point to the Hindi keyboard The keyboard layout indicates the output we will get by typing on our keyboard.

Please refer to the keyboard whenever required.

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Only Narration

  • In case if you find any difficulty in typing Hindi text
  • Please refer Additional reading material i.e Show Keyboard Layout
Click on Close Click on the Close button to close the keyboard layout.
Switch to the Writer document Switch to the Writer document.
Type स्पॊकन ट्युटॊरियल मेें आपका स्वागत है

Point to Hindi in the status bar

In a new line type the Hindi text as shown.

When we type, notice that now the status bar shows Hindi.

Press Enter

Point to English (India) in the status bar

Now press Enter.

Notice that now the status bar shows English (India).

Type some random text in Hindi But if you start typing again, it will type in Hindi not in English.
Ctrl + Z Let me undo this change.
Press Super key (Windows key) and Spacebar We can change our Input language by pressing the Super key or Windows key along with the Spacebar.
Only Narration Likewise you can install any language of your choice and practice on your own.
Press Ctrl + S, Click on the X icon Save and close the file.
Only Narration This brings us to the end of this spoken tutorial.

Let us summarise

Slide: Summary In this tutorial, we learnt to:
  • Install Language packages in Writer
  • Configure Local language setting and
  • Type text in Local Language
Slide: Assignment As an assignment
  • Open practice.odt file
  • Use Hindi KaGaPa Phonetic
  • Type I like Spoken tutorial((मुझे स्पोकन ट्यूटोरियल पसंद है) in Hindi
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Slide: Acknowledgment The Spoken Tutorial project is funded by MHRD Govt of India
Slide: Thank you This tutorial was originally contributed by IT for Change in 2012.

This is Pratik Kamble along with the Spoken Tutorial team from IIT Bombay signing off.

Thank you for watching.

Contributors and Content Editors

Nancyvarkey, PoojaMoolya, Pratik kamble