Monday, 19 May 2008

OpenOffice 3.0 Beta testing in Malayalam

Based on, SMC decided to test Malayalam in Open Office 3.0 Beta. Anivar Aravind, SMC had sent mail to smc mailing list for volunteers for testing. I was willing to do, hence downloaded the beta version from on my F9 machine.

Opened swriter, and using inscript entered malayalam text. The font was Lohit-Malayalam. It was strange that the cursor kept moving forward according to the key press, but nothing appeared on the screen, maye I can call it the "invisible text". Had reported this to the mailing list and I was asked to do the testing using some other options. Accordingly I did the following.

1.Installed smc-fonts package and tried input using different fonts, but result was the same - "invisible text".

2.Logged in en-US locale and entered Malayalam text, but again - invisible text".

3.Copied and pasted some malayalam text in oowriter, but again - "invisible text". This invisible text when copied and pasted in gedit, it was very much visible :)

I do not know whether I have missed out anything. Should I file a bug? I think I should confirm its a bug, before taking any other step.

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