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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I want to be able to change the spelling of words like color/colour, center/centre to suit the visitor.

Browsers actually have a "preferred language" setting, so I am experimenting with this.

**What happens when you visit http://www.mathsisfun.com/lang.html ?**

What is your language setting, and are the spellings correct for you?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Maths;

Your browser language setting is en-US

So these are the spellings we will use:

Math, meter, liter, color, organization.

That's what I get. Correct for me.

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**ccmint****Member**- Registered: 2009-10-11
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Got it right for me.

Your browser language setting is en-US

So these are the spellings we will use:

Math, meter, liter, color, organization.

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**Ricky****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-12-04
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3 for 3.

"In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Good so far. Thanks.

Any reports from UK? Australia? India?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**Identity****Member**- Registered: 2007-04-18
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Your browser language setting is en-au

So these are the spellings we will use:

Maths, metre, litre, colour, organisation.

Correct!

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**Devantè****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-07-14
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Your browser language setting is en-GB

So these are the spellings we will use:

Maths, metre, litre, colour, organisation.

UK is fine.

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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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I have my Firefox browser set to fr-FR (because I want to) and it is showing me the American spelling instead.

So I take it that American spelling is the default choice for non en-GB / en-AU browsers.

How about making it so that British spelling is the default choice for non en-US browsers? Wouldnt that be simpler? Hey?

*Last edited by JaneFairfax (2010-02-28 01:08:39)*

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks everyone.

Jane: I think you can have a list of languages in preference order, so you could set en-GB as second.

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**quittyqat****Member**- Registered: 2009-04-08
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bobbym wrote:

Hi Maths;

Your browser language setting is en-US

So these are the spellings we will use:

Math, meter, liter, color, organization.

That's what I get. Correct for me.

That's what I get, and yes, it is correct.

I'll be here at least once every month. XP

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I'll throw in another yay for en-GB being correct.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**JaneFairfax****Member**- Registered: 2007-02-23
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MathsIsFun wrote:

Jane: I think you can have a list of languages in preference order, so you could set en-GB as second.

What I mean is, use American English only for en-US browsers. For all other browsers, including non English-language browsers, use British English. Simple?

mathsyperson wrote:

I'll throw in another yay for en-GB being correct.

*Last edited by JaneFairfax (2010-02-28 12:24:33)*

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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Much as I hate to say it, I think the American spellings are the more commonly used ones.

So it makes sense to have that as the default.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Mathsy is right. Google search results:

math 84M, maths 17M

color 615M, colour 153M

liter 33M, litre 14M

So I will have the better chance of serving the right spelling by defaulting to US.

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**quittyqat****Member**- Registered: 2009-04-08
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MathsIsFun wrote:

Mathsy is right. Google search results:

math 84M, maths 17M

color 615M,colour 153M

liter 33M, litre 14MSo I will have the better chance of serving the right spelling by defaulting to US.

Is it possible to use colour, math, and liter at the same time? (Two languages at the same time)

I'll be here at least once every month. XP

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I guess so, but best to be avoided I think.

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