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How to add a Dutch dictionary? [released]

asked 2014-01-27 22:45:11 +0200

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updated 2014-01-28 10:28:44 +0200

Dutch is not included on the Jolla. That's OK, as I want my device in English anyway.

But it would be nice to have a Dutch dictionary for composing e-mails etc. I noticed my Dutch words find their way into the UK dictionary, which is hardly helpful. The onscreen keyboard shows English words most of the time, seldom a useful Dutch word to pick.

It would even be workable to have a choice for a new language setting English / Dutch, with the device in English, the onscreen keyboard in US/Qwerty and the Dutch dictionary being empty. I will eventually fill it up myself. I would like to restore the English dictionary in its original state.

Could this be supported in any way?

(More or less as posted earlier on TMO: link text)

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Here is a related question: https://together.jolla.com/question/528/more-languages-available-dutch/

avdwoude ( 2014-01-28 10:27:36 +0200 )edit

More or less the same question (but with a non-descriptive title): https://together.jolla.com/question/327/where-are-the-dictionaries-of-the-vkb-stored/

Winfried ( 2014-01-30 12:15:16 +0200 )edit

Related topic, you could add your comments here as well. https://together.jolla.com/question/27600/bug-keyboard-predictionsdictionaries-language-specific/

anandrkris ( 2014-12-17 05:01:53 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-12-17 01:15:50 +0200

As fellow Dutchman I wanted to turn off the English dictionary when typing in Dutch.

Apparently it is not possible to add your own dictionary files to the keyboard. The dictionairies are included in - what seems to be - a compiled file.

However, if you add a new virtual keyboard layout and set the language to a non-supported language (I used NL), then the keyboard will no longer mix up word/spelling suggestions. I think it is better to not have any suggestions from a language you're not typing in.

To add a keyboard you should log on to the device and go to:

cd /usr/share/maliit/plugins/com/jolla/layouts

There I copied the English keyboard layout into a new file that I named "nl.qml":

cp en.qml nl.qml

Then you should edit the layouts.conf file, to make Jolla aware that there is a new keyboard in town. I used vi to do this:

vi nl.qml

Then add to the end of the file:


To make your new keyboard available in the Jolla settings you must restart the keyboard daemon by executing this command as root (or by turning your device off and on):

 killall maliit-server
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vi nl.qml

should be

vi layouts.conf

(although I chose to add them with:

echo [nl.qml] >> layouts.conf

and so on. Anyway, this worked for me, thanks!)

jjvdgeer ( 2015-02-22 10:47:26 +0200 )edit

As an absolute Jolla beginner (I got my phone yesterday), I'm wondering whether I need some kind of terminal app (or something) to do this. Should I use ShellEx? (which is the only app I can find that looks like a terminal)

And I hope that we can soon add a Dutch dictionary ;-)

Annie83 ( 2015-03-26 20:38:22 +0200 )edit

Never mind! I guess I have to switch to developer mode

Annie83 ( 2015-03-26 20:50:47 +0200 )edit

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