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  • As far as I am concerned, English is ultimately defined as the language spoken in England.

    You basically lost me here.. There are many languages spoken in England.... If you find that answer too smartallecky, then which dialect are you referring to specifically? Why do you or anybody get to choose which of those represent "real" English? Saying that BBC English is the real one is arbitrary, and most people don't use it. (I'd like to see a table of how many people speak various dialects of English.)

    I've

    • It's not smart-alecky, but it is pedantic, and reading more into what I'm saying than I am. You've also missed the main point in that I'm talking about written English, and not spoken English.

      As to your specific points, I get to choose because it's MY opinion, and nobody elses. As far as _I_ am concerned, and as I related it to my personal universe, that is the case.

      As to which is better, I really don't care and made no implications that either spelling was inherantly better. Dictating what the official spelling should be is NOT a concern of mine.

      I'm concerned that the officially blessed version of English is unavailable to me much of the time.

      As for which software, Ultraedit, Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office, the Perl POD, hundreds of website, and almost any program that adds internationalisation.

      Ultraedit refuses outright to create a British version, Firefox 1.5 launched with versions for 30 languages, except English. And when they DO distribute an internationalised version for say Hindi they use English as a fallback, but not the English that they use in India.

      If some of these programs do eventually get British versions, often it's completely half-assed. You can hae a British dictionary, but the interface stays in American.

      It's total and utter bullshit, and most of the problem, as I said, is that there's not enough care factor compared to the work required.

      And from the perspective of American developers, it's not important enough.