Canadian English


M

My Display Name

There are three options for Canada when setting up Vista - or going back and
trying to change your language options. These are: french, different french,
and french. Multilingual is stupid, a misnomer at best, and my winner for
euphemism of the year.

Multilingual in Canada - are you serious? What characters do we use in
English that the french don't use? What a joke.

I need to know if the other 31.5 million of us have an option for CANADIAN
ENGLISH (yes, it's different from other Englishes, including UK English) so
that spell checkers won't be trying to get me to 'realize' that I should be
able to spell 'neighbor' with a 'u' and 'realize' with an 's'.

I want to use my forward slash key '/' without getting a french 'accent
aigu' diacritical mark above a useless 'e'.

I find it very hard to believe that Microsoft would take a serious step
backwards from previous Windows versions, or have an oversight this glaring
when they're going to great lengths to ensure they have Eskimo dialects and
regional dialects of Swahili.

Again, how do I set up to use CANADIAN ENGLISH?
 
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LesleyO

Unfortunately, you will have to use the US keyboard setting. "Canadian
English" refers only to the keyboard, not to the spelling. And the
characters that the French use are the è, é, and the ç. As far as the
spelling goes, you will have to do what we Canadians have been doing for
years with Microsoft (and other) programs, and train your spell checker by
adding the Canadian spellings of words as necessary. (Previous spell
checkers in MSWord did not have Canadian spelling versions; if you found
them in yours, perhaps someone had 'trained' it before you.) You will also
have to add purely Canadian words, of which there are a few.

LesleyO
English-speaking Montréal-born Canadian living in Alberta
 
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S

Synapse Syndrome

LesleyO said:
Unfortunately, you will have to use the US keyboard setting. "Canadian
English" refers only to the keyboard, not to the spelling. And the
characters that the French use are the è, é, and the ç. As far as the
spelling goes, you will have to do what we Canadians have been doing for
years with Microsoft (and other) programs, and train your spell checker by
adding the Canadian spellings of words as necessary. (Previous spell
checkers in MSWord did not have Canadian spelling versions; if you found
them in yours, perhaps someone had 'trained' it before you.) You will also
have to add purely Canadian words, of which there are a few.


I'm surprised at that. I suppose starting with UK English and then adding
your own custom dictionary may be the best idea, but what programs is the OP
referring to?

ss.
 

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