Pages won't use British dictionary...HELP!

netdog

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Feb 6, 2006
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I have to say, Apple's dictionary implementation is both great and extremely uneven. I have set the system to successfully use the British English dictionary, but I can't get Pages to speak anything but American.

Help! I will not be happy if I have paid for a word processor that can't even access a British dictionary that is part of the system software made by the same company!
 

andrew050703

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Feb 27, 2006
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Portsmouth, U.K
netdog said:
I have to say, Apple's dictionary implementation is both great and extremely uneven. I have set the system to successfully use the British English dictionary, but I can't get Pages to speak anything but American.

Help! I will not be happy if I have paid for a word processor that can't even access a British dictionary that is part of the system software made by the same company!
yup - bugs me too.

the only way i've found to do it is go to inspector -> T -> more
then select british english

unfortunately you have to do that for every document :(
 

gauchogolfer

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Jan 28, 2005
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American Riviera
Are you setting the language in Pages via the Inspector? My recommendation would be to save a new blank document as a template after setting the dictionary. This is what I do to get French language documents in Pages.
 

iMeowbot

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Aug 30, 2003
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For me, Pages will default to the dictionary for the language listed first in the system International preferences. If British English is listed first, that becomes the Pages default.
 

andrew050703

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Feb 27, 2006
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Portsmouth, U.K
Solved it!

Did some fiddling round & think I've got it:

Go to System Prefs -> International -> Language

then click 'edit list'. There will be an option for British english; so tick the box, click ok & make sure its at the top of the list.

Then open pages. A bit convoluted, but I'm happy i've finally got it sorted

EDIT: darn, just too late!

Hey apple - what's wrong with 'English' and 'American English'? We invented the language you know...