Not locale-sensitive RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • I've installed the new beta on my Vista home machine, fully set up for Australia. Given that, why is the spell-checking set to English(US) and the map units set to US Imperial?

    I can rectify the spell-checking partly to English(UK) although I do have English(Australia) lexicons on my machine. The map units seem to be hard-coded as miles/yards.

    I did some test uploads to my Blogger account, and most of it was very good except for picture sizing - it's very awkward to get a row of inline pictures to size so that they are all the same height.
    • Edited by Thin Ice Sunday, September 21, 2008 1:37 PM
    Sunday, September 21, 2008 1:29 PM

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  • Currently we don't have region-specific downloads for each language; so there is only one English version of Writer, which is EN-US. This is why we make all 3 versions of the English spell-check dictionary available. We are also unfortunately extremely limited at this point in which map markets are available.

    For the picture-sizing, you can insert one picture, size it to your desired size (and any borders, effects, etc.), then in the bottom of the sidebar click "Save settings as default". The next pictures you insert will all be the same size.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Monday, September 22, 2008 4:58 PM
  • Um no, that's not the issue. You should be using the user's O/S region settings to select an appropriate default regardless of the UI language. That's exactly what Office and other Microsoft apps have done for nearly 20 years since Microsoft ships a worldwide English exe for almost all products. It's pretty trivial to do (speaking from wide experience as an ex PM in Office, Windows and Natural Language). Surely you learnt this stuff at bootcamp?

    For the mapping issue, only a handful of countries use US Imperial, and the bulk of the world uses metric. How hard is it to give that simple option? This is the 21st century...
    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 3:57 AM
  • On a clean machine set up for en-au we should be defaulting to English (UK) dictionary--if not, it's a bug. Thanks for the feedback.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2008 11:38 PM
  • Missed your original comment about sizing inline images. In addition to the default settings feature that Flora mentioned, also note that you can type in the height you want on the "Advanced" tab of the image sidebar.
    Wednesday, October 1, 2008 11:40 PM
  • It's not. So it's a bug.

    I would hope that even on a non-clean machine, that the install is paying attention to the CURRENT user locale and browser accept language settings. Again, not rocket-science.
    • Edited by Thin Ice Saturday, October 4, 2008 2:31 AM
    Saturday, October 4, 2008 2:25 AM
  • When I want to add several images to my blog in a single block, I may want 2 or 3 in a row sized so that they are as big as possible without one or more overflowing to the next line.

    When I'm posting to my blogger blog with WLW, presetting the sizes is no good unless I pre-calculate all the sizes (allowing for margins etc). As a result, I have to try to manually resize the pix to get them all the same height, at correct aspect ratio.
    Saturday, October 4, 2008 2:29 AM
  • Thin Ice, if you're really curious about how the language bug (which is new for this beta) came about, you can e-mail me at joe.cheng *AT* microsoft.com. It's not because we're complete idiots. :)

    Thanks for the feedback about resizing of several images.

    Thursday, October 9, 2008 5:00 PM