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In my Master's degree — starting in 2009 — I used OpenOffice for most of the tasks. Back then, the dictionaries were poor and there wasn't a grammar checker for it with Portuguese rules.

Because of that, my tasks had several issues and I didn't get brilliant marks.

I am currently maintaining the OpenOffice/LibreOffice/Mozilla British speller, helping to improve the Portuguese speller by sending words to Minho University, as well as creating Portuguese grammar rules for LanguageTool.

Things are improving a lot and this software can already be used in most written tasks for university, commercial and personal usage. Now people will have the chance I didn't have back then.

Open-source software is becoming as good or better than commercial, since we have the best/most dedicated team around.

I once had a philosophical chat with JD where we spoke that the nation whose workers would work for free, would be the most powerful nation on Earth. The same happens with open-source: we work for free so no one can match us and it is just a matter of time until the power users will notice us. People who can’t afford expensive commercial software will find free replacements.

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

 If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

 If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

— Sun Tzu, The Art of War

The quote in this particular case in management means: "Know the competition and your software, and you will win."

— British Dictionary
If you find a word that appears as a typo and you are sure it isn't, please send it to me to be analysed. If it exists in dictionaries such as Oxford or Collins, I will add it.


— Portuguese Dictionary
Same as the British dictionary above. I will make a list of missing words and send them to the Portuguese maintainers.


— LanguageTool
I am creating the Portuguese rules, along with Matheus Poletto and Tiago Santos.


If you find a missing grammar suggestion in LanguageTool, please report it in the forum:

Last update: 14.Feb.2018