Re: birding-aus E-mail spell checkers

Subject: Re: birding-aus E-mail spell checkers
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 12:06:44 +1000
"Lawrence E. Conole" wrote:
> Beware the e-mail spell checkers - they have American English as
> their default.  In the same way a whole generation of kids are
> learning to spell the Microsoft (Word) way, the rest of us could
> easily lapse into the same Americanization [sic] of Australian
> English.  Most word processing software has the option to set
> spell-checkers to "English, Australian", but in my experience many
> people don't avail themselves of that option.  Most mailing software
> I've seen does not allow a dictionary other than the default American
> (Microsoft Outlook/Exchange, Netscape, Eudora, Pine, etc.....).

This is probably due to the American-centric nature of the software.
While we make the distinction between "English" and "American", US
software companies have usurped "English" and refer to them as
"British" and "English" respectively.  ("Australian" is usually
either "British" by another name, or British with -ized verbs.)

   Paul Taylor                           Veni, vidi, tici -
                    I came, I saw, I ticked.
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