Spellchecking in unsupported languages.

Spellchecking in unsupported languages.

I see office now supports 52 out of some 6500 languages. That's an improvement.  However I'm regularly working with and supporting an "Unsupported" language. (Khmer or the Cambodian language)  I need to get my 65000+ word list into the spellchecker and make it work.  In the past we could add the words as English words one-by-one but that also has mysteriously stopped working. (I added them as I typed them.) I have the keyboard (not Microsoft's but the one used by locals) loaded and Khmer is a defined language. Is there any way to make it spellcheck Khmer without it just sending me to the page listing the 52 supported languages?  I don't need grammar as Khmer grammar is poorly defined at best.

If it matters I am a programmer and could write code to make it work though "Open Office" already has Khmer spelling support without needing to code so hopefully there is some way.

Thanks in advance.

PS If this can be done in some previous version I could roll-back and use that version.

January 26th, 2013 4:48am

Hi Mark,

This is a quick note to let you know that I am trying to involve someone familiar with this topic to further look at this is

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January 28th, 2013 1:38am

Hi Mark,

Could you add a custom.dic file to use as a custom dictionary for those words?




February 1st, 2013 3:07pm

Hi Ross;

I tried that. I have a dictionary with some 60k+ words in Unicode Khmer.  Word even starts underlining my typo's on opening a document with Khmer. Then it says "This document contains text in Khmer which isn't being proofed. You may be able to get proofing tools for this language." Of course the download link doesn't have Khmer. The underlines all disappear and I can't spellcheck. :-(

I may have turned something on or off in my efforts to make Khmer work.  Not sure.

Any advice is much appreciated!


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February 2nd, 2013 1:06pm

I have a similar problem. Word does not support any Italian dialect and minor languages (there are more than 32). I would like to add a new language to Word (not a custom dictionary of an existing language but a new language at all) but it looks like there is no way, and creating a language pack does not seem so easy to do. Why Microsoft does not creare a dummy language pack to customize to add specific additional languages? It is not a matter of commercial strategy because there are more than 6,000 languages in world and nobody is interested to sell language packs for mos
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