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Set the default spellcheck language to English (Australian)

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When I start the browser, the spell check dictionary is always English (US) I have to change it manually every time after opening the browser.

In the preferences for Display Language, I have [en-au], then [en]

Has been this way for many versions - currently 34 Happens on 5 systems here

Is there a way to set the default spellcheck to Australian?

Regards, Mike

When I start the browser, the spell check dictionary is always English (US) I have to change it manually every time after opening the browser. In the preferences for Display Language, I have [en-au], then [en] Has been this way for many versions - currently 34 Happens on 5 systems here Is there a way to set the default spellcheck to Australian? Regards, Mike

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jscher2000
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I don't understand how this works. I installed the English (Australia) dictionary, used the right-click Languages menu to choose it, and it seems to keep reverting to English (United States). ??

I'm inclined to think this is because I installed the English (U.S.) version of Firefox but I really have no idea. There is no specific installer for en-AU. Do you think you would be closer to the mark if you load the U.K. version (you can install it over the top of your existing installation without uninstalling, and it should find all your existing settings)?

https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/

I don't understand how this works. I installed the English (Australia) dictionary, used the right-click Languages menu to choose it, and it seems to keep reverting to English (United States). ?? I'm inclined to think this is because I installed the English (U.S.) version of Firefox but I really have no idea. There is no specific installer for en-AU. Do you think you would be closer to the mark if you load the U.K. version (you can install it over the top of your existing installation without uninstalling, and it should find all your existing settings)? https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/

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Yes, it will stay as AU till you close the browser, then revert to US

No, I've tried the UK version also couldn't default to AU and caused other issues with many sites ...

I have mentioned this in threads previously, it's been an issue for a long time

Yes, it will stay as AU till you close the browser, then revert to US No, I've tried the UK version also couldn't default to AU and caused other issues with many sites ... I have mentioned this in threads previously, it's been an issue for a long time
the-edmeister
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https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html

Mozilla has 3 English versions of Firefox available for installation. I have read that the (British) version doesn't come with a Spellcheck dictionary due to an issue with licensing, so I would assume [incorrectly I suppose] that the first add-on dictionary installed would become the default.

When you installed the English (British) version did you create a new Program Files folder and a new Profile for that version? If not, maybe something carried over from the (US) version and Profile?

Maybe the time has come for a "localization group" to create an (AU) version of Firefox for distribution?? Assuming Mozilla will accept another "English" localized version for distribution and the AU dictionary met the open source standard that Mozilla uses for dictionaries they will supply with Firefox. Which isn't the case with the British Spellcheck dictionary.

https://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html Mozilla has 3 English versions of Firefox available for installation. I have read that the (British) version doesn't come with a Spellcheck dictionary due to an issue with licensing, so I would assume ''[incorrectly I suppose]'' that the first add-on dictionary installed would become the default. When you installed the English (British) version did you create a new Program Files folder and a new Profile for that version? ''If not, maybe something carried over from the (US) version and Profile?'' Maybe the time has come for a "localization group" to create an (AU) version of Firefox for distribution?? ''Assuming Mozilla will accept another "English" localized version for distribution and the AU dictionary met the open source standard that Mozilla uses for dictionaries they will supply with Firefox. Which isn't the case with the British Spellcheck dictionary.''
cor-el
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Current Firefox versions use the "lang" attribute in the HTML tag to automatically select a dictionary if you have one for the specified language, so with an en-US link this would be the en-US dictionary for this forum.

<html class="no-js" lang="en-US" dir="ltr">

I'm not sure if you can override this easily, but I would assume that this should have effect on prefs. You can use the user.js file to force a specific value for the spellchecker.dictionary pref.

Current Firefox versions use the "lang" attribute in the HTML tag to automatically select a dictionary if you have one for the specified language, so with an en-US link this would be the en-US dictionary for this forum. <pre><nowiki><html class="no-js" lang="en-US" dir="ltr"></nowiki></pre> I'm not sure if you can override this easily, but I would assume that this should have effect on prefs. You can use the user.js file to force a specific value for the spellchecker.dictionary pref.