I had a bit of a brainstorm session on the Toolbox yesterday and this morning: the end result is that the old Fix English UK function is no more. It has been re-engineered as Fix Language and can now support 36 different languages.
Whilst this sounds a lot, it’s more down to how Word treats the language handling. It classes UK, US, New Zealand, South African and Australian types of English as separate languages, so this has bulked up the amount recognised.
According to Microsoft there are 205 recognised language types available. It makes my 36 look like a very small selection 🙂
However, it’s not all 100% working as I’d like. The language selection isn’t working with any selected areas as it currently only works with the whole document. More investigation work is needed before I can nail down why this isn’t quite working as planned.
Use of the function
This is all controlled by a drop-down box on the Configuration form. Pick the language, click the Set button and, until you change the language to another, the Fix Language function will apply your chosen language to all the elements that it can find in your document.
I’ve also added some extra elements to the search. These are linked to my other new feature, the Image/Shape Browser. I noticed that you could set the language of the text frames, comments and call-out boxes. It seemed daft not to include them in the Fix Language function, so they’re included now.
The above tweak will allow anyone who uses Adobe PDF Writer to convert PDF files into Word documents to remove the default US English setting from their converted document.
So the next version of the toolbox will recognise and tweak your document to use the following language types:
English: Australian, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand, South African, United Kingdom and United States
European: Basque, Belgian Dutch, Belgian French, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Gaelic (Irish), Gaelic (Scottish), German, German (Austrian), Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Swedish (Finnish), Swiss (French), Swiss (German), Swiss (Italian) and Welsh.