LibreOffice 5.4: Release Notes

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This is an in-progress scratch-pad of notes to build release notes from as and when we release. Please do not list features that are to be shipped already in the 5.3 release! Please do not add wish-list features that you hope will be implemented, but only what actually is implemented already.

What does a good feature look like here:

  • It has a description, and a way for a busy reviewer, to find and play with the feature. Target someone who is extremely busy, and knows little-to-nothing about the product. So if a user interface element is key to the feature, be very explicit about where it is, e. g. Menu ▸ Format ▸ Character ▸ Position [tab] ▸ ‘90 degrees’ paths to the elements you changed. Of course, you know your feature is important, and that everyone should care about the Extensible AutoShapes Properties dialog – but often the guys taking the screenshots and writing the notes do not.
  • It credits the main authors who did the work – just add them in brackets after the feature, where possible.
  • If the feature can be shown off with a sample / test file – particularly for new import-able features, it would be wonderful to have a link to/up-load of a test file that we can use to show that feature off to best effect. That really helps us to make good screenshots to show off the features, and allows reviewers to do their testing.

Thanks in advance for your help filling this out!


  • New "Edit Section" uno command which works if cursor is in a section, has been created and added in context menu. tdf#102132 (Gülşah Köse).


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New languages/locales with locale data

Available as default document language and for locale specific formatting.

Additional languages in the language list

Available for text attribution.

  • Manchu [mnc-CN]. tdf#105448 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))
  • Sibe [nco-PG]. tdf#105448 (Eike Rathke (Red Hat, Inc.))

Incorporation of other languages

Our goal is to support as many languages as possible. We would like to thank the following people for voluntary translation into LibreOffice and helps in preserving their native languages:

Improvements to proofing tools and language support

If you speak an endangered language and want to help us to achieve our goal of providing free tools for every single person on Earth, please join us.

Feature removal / deprecation


API changes

UNO API changes

  • SAL macro SAL_ABS is removed. commit
  • All dynamic exception specifications are removed from all URE include files and from cppumaker-generated files. Dynamic exception specifications have been deprecated since C++ 11 and will be removed completely from C++ 17. Note that throw () is not a dynamic exception specification, and its uses are retained. (Theoretically, dynamic exception specifications on any destructors or deallocation functions would have had to be replaced with C++ 11-only noexcept(false), but there are none in any URE include files nor would cppumaker emit such.) Consequently, no longer necessary #includes have been removed from cppumaker-generated files, which may cause client code to no longer compile (to fix, add the missing #includes to the client code).

SDK changes

  • The salcpprt static library (that could be linked into executables, containing replacements of global operator new/delete forwarding to rtl/alloc.h) is removed. commit
  • On macOS, the OO_SDK_JAVA_HOME path (as auto-determined by setsdkenv_unix) now points at the JDK’s Home sub-directory, for consistency with other platforms. If you have a special setup to reuse a single across multiple versions of the SDK, you will need to adapt that. Also, the Make variable JAVABIN has become unused and was removed from (on all platforms). commit