firefox list dictionnaries as an unordered list which makes hard to find a specific language




7 years ago
2 years ago


(Reporter: thierry.vignaud, Unassigned)


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7 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:2.0b10) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b10
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:2.0b10) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0b10

firefox list dictionnaries as an unordered list which makes hard to find a specific language.
This bug actually exists for years. See attached screenshot.
Languages are mixed up. eg:


They should :
1) either be alphabetically sorted with separators
2) sorted and using sub menus / 2 level menus:

1) sorted:
breton / France
english / australia
english / ireland
english / uk
english / us
french / france
french / morocco

2) 2 levels menu:
   breton -> France
   english -> 
           -> australia
           -> ireland
           -> uk
           -> us
           -> france
           -> morocco

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. open the contextual menu by right clicking in a text area (eg: gmail new mail)
2. enable "check spelling" if it's not enabled
2. go into the "language" menu
Actual Results:  
languages are unsorted in a big messy list

Expected Results:  
language should be nicely sorted with separators between languages or should be using a 2 levels menu instead of only one level

This bug exists for years and is very annoyed.
Tested on Fedora Linux, Mandriva Linux, ...

Comment 1

7 years ago
Created attachment 509745 [details]
horrible mixed languages sub-menu

Comment 2

7 years ago
Setting issue to Enhancement but there's a big chance this will not be implemented because it is not very common to have so many dictionaries installed.
Severity: normal → enhancement
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 3

7 years ago
Yes & No.

Yes it's not that common when using firefox downloaded from

But it's very common to have many dictionaries when using a distro package for firefox.
One single dictionary can bring many slightly different dictionaries.

Eg on fedora, hunspell-en, the english dictionnary package will bring 22 dictionaries to firefox (US, UK, AZ, CA, ...variants).
hunspell-fr will bring 6 dictionaries.
There's really only one french dictionary (others are soft links for different lang_COUNTRY pair (eg: fr_FR, fr_BE, fr_CA, ...)
And there's really 3 different english dictionaries (en_CA, en_US & en_UK), others are just sym-links.
But firefox see 28 dictionaries for just 2 languages.

Same on Mandriva Linux with myspell-en, myspell-fr, ...
This is why I'm raising the importance field back to normal.
(Though I won't fight if you put it again to "enhancement").
Severity: enhancement → normal

Comment 4

7 years ago
If you consider that strongly that this is a bug and not an enhancement then I will just leave it like this and we'll see what other people have to say about it. Thanks for contributing!

Comment 5

7 years ago
I'm also having this Problem.

Also it would be good if you could disable specific language entries in Firefox.

Right now I'm having 31 Dictionary Entries from which I would need 4 at most (German, Spanish, British English and American English)

Comment 6

5 years ago
Created attachment 655342 [details]
Screenshot showing the random-order of the dictionaries for two languages

This is a long-standing bug that has bothered me for quite a while. I frequently use the Dutch and English spelling dictionaries in Firefox, but the randomly ordered list always makes me hesitate about which one I should pick, even though I know exactly which one I want.

This is a clean install of Ubuntu. Usually I will add the German dictionaries as well at some point, making the list even more confusing.

Ordering the list by name seems a more than sensible user interface choice.

Comment 7

5 years ago
I got 59 options for 7 languages -I barely use 4 of them, but still need them for learning purposes. It's a big pain in the butt, many times I just click the first English option I see, which generally follows British orthographic rules -I write American English, so I get annoying red warnings for American spelling. Good luck finding Catalan.
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