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For its Webmail client, my ISP uses Horde IMP, which honours the language setting of the browser whilst allowing the user to override it at login time. Being a Brit, I was always slightly annoyed at the way the setting defaulted to 'English (US)' and I had to change it to 'English (GB)' (call me a pedant).

Looking more closely than before at the Language tab of the International Preference pane, I saw that I was able to add 'British English' to the Languages list by clicking the Edit... button and checking in the pop-up sheet. I then dragged it to the top of the list to take precedence over the existing 'English' (i.e., American English) setting. When I restarted Safari and went back to the IMP login page - voila - 'English (GB)' was the default selection!

Note that Mozilla and IE do not use System Preferences for language information, they have their own preference settings; however, there may well be many other applications that can utilise this minor piece of localisation. As far as users are concerned, you will probably only benefit if you use a specific dialect of a major language, otherwise you would have sorted out your language preference at OS X install time.

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Authored by: j-beda on Jul 21, '04 10:50:40AM

There seems to be both "English" and "US English" available - and unfortunately not "Canadian English", though there is "Canadian French".

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Authored by: tupholme on Jul 21, '04 02:15:00PM

I have Canadian English available in my Panther 10.3.4 installation, but not in Jaguar 10.2.8 on another machine. In general, the hint works for at least both these versions of OS X.


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