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Writing aids (namely: spellchecker, thesaurus, hyphenation patterns, grammar checker) for OpenOffice.org can always be improved and streamlined. The best environment for a collaborative effort to create and improve such tools is the local Native-Lang community: you can get work done by people who use and appreciate OOo, and reward the community by making their work available in the following releases.
However, a number of issues must be solved to ensure success of such a community project. We will examine some of them, like: the technical expertise needed to build and maintain the single tools and extension packages; the licenses and legal reviews to get tools included in the official builds of OpenOffice.org; the management of roles within the community and effective delegation; the need for readily accessible and easy-to-use interfaces for newcomers who just want to quickly contribute an idea or improvement.