Thursday, February 25, 2010

OpenOffice Sinhala: Interface Issue on Kubuntu => Workaround

I installed the Sinhala pack for OpenOffice 3.2 on Kubuntu 9.10 and switch my interface to Sinhala. But I found that it is not rendering Sinhala properly. Looks like in some places it just uses the system default font instead of the Sinhala font.

There is a font replacement feature available in OpenOffice which can be used as a workaround until developers fix the issue.

Go to Tools(මෙවලම්)=>Options(විකල්ප) and select Fonts(අකුරු) under

Enable "Apply replacement table (ප්‍රතිස්ථාපන වගුව ඇතුළත් කරන්න)", select your system font under "Font (අකුරු)" and select LKLUG or your preferred Sinhala font as the "Replace with (සමග ප්‍රතිස්ථාපනය)" font. Then select "Always (සැමවිටම)". Now click OK (හරි) and you should get the OpenOffice Sinhala interface beautifully rendered.

You can find your system font from System Setting panel.

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