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The most recent version of Thessalonica for OpenOffice.org is 2.9/3.0 beta. This version requires at least OpenOffice.org 2.1 and will not function correctly with any earlier versions. Thessalonica is implemented in Java, and thus it also needs Java Runtime Environment 1.5 or above. So please ensure you have set up OpenOffice.org to use Java. If you haven't adjusted your Java connection during the setup process, you can do that via the OpenOffice.org GUI: just go to Tools->Options->OpenOffice.org->Java and specify the path to your Java installation directory (of course it should be present in your system). Note that Thessalonica 3.0 no longer contains any modules implemented in Python, and so it is not necessary to have the Python — UNO bridge installed.
Users often ask me how to install Thessalonica, and for a good reason: although there is a detailed description of the installation procedures in my documentation, the documentation itsef is placed into the archived package, so that it might be a not so trivial task to access it while the package itself is not yet installed.
Well, installation is easy with OpenOffice.org 2.1 and above: just start OpenOffice.org, go to Tools->Extension Manager and click "Add" to install the package via a graphical interface. On some systems just a double click on the *.uno.oxt file in you favorite file manager would be sufficient to open the OpenOffice.org extension manager and start the installation process automatically.
When installation is finished, it is recommended to restart OpenOffice.org again to ensure that all configuration files are properly registered.
Thessalonica for OpenOffice.org was tested both under Windows and Linux, and, although there are several OS-specific issues (see the limitations.html file in the documentation) it worked correctly in both cases.
Unlike Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP/2003, OpenOffice.org doesn't allow assigning keyboard shortcuts to any specific characters. However, OpenOffice.org API provides some methods allowing to directly intercept keyboard events in a text document. So Thessalonica for OpenOffice.org provides even more powerful keyboard manager than the MS Word version: instead of using simple dead key-based input methods it allows contextual analysis of characters produced by keyboard depending from the string preceding the insertion point. To access Thessalonica's keyboard customization utility, select the "Configure input methods" item in the Thessalonica's main menu. The following dialog box should be displayed:
The drop-down box at the top left corner of the dialog lists all keyboard layouts, or input methods, available in the Thessalonica package. With any of these input methods you can associate several additional parameters:
If you often use Thessalonica's keyboard layouts, it may be convenient to assign some keyboard accelerators to access them faster.
Since typing in a specific language may also require a special font which supports a corresponding character set or Unicode range, Thessalonica allows to specify a set of formatting parameters which should be applied to the insertion point each time a specific input method is selected.
Another important formatting parameter which should be always set to an appropriate value is text language. To associate a specific language with a custom layout, use the "Language" listbox.
Thessalonica's Universal Converter allows you to convert texts from old 8-bit character sets to Unicode and vice versa.
For all convertions special encoding description files are used. The Thessalonica distribution includes such a files for popular WinGreek and WinLanguage Polytonic Greek encodings. You can write your own encoding description files to make the converter fit your special needs.
Both for 8-bit text and Unicode text you can specify several formatting attributes, namely font family, weight, shape, point size and language. Depending from the conversion type you have set Thessalonica will search for occurences of text with one set of formatting attributes and apply another set to text which is already converted.
Unlike most other conversion utilities, Thessalonica may correcly handle text fragments formatted with "symbol" fonts (i. e. those having the MS Symbol encoding).
Thessalonica for OpenOffice.org is distributed under the conditions of the GNU General Public License (see the documentation for additional information).