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On 01/18/2012 12:44 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:
On 2012-01-18 8:49 AM, Andreas Säger <> wrote:
Am 18.01.2012 13:22, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
Can anyone tell me the logic in this?
If I download the English UK version, if I select Custom install, then
ALL the language packs are disabled apart from English, yet all the
dictionaries are ENABLED and I have to go through however many
dictionaries there are and disable them one by one (unless anyone can
tell me a better way!).
Surely logic says that if all the language packs are disabled by default
other than the one for the relevant download, then all the dictionaries
should be as well?

There is no need to enable or disable anything. You can write (and spell
check) English text with Russian figures in a Chinese GUI.
GUI language, numeric default locale and default text language are
completely independent from each other. Each snippet of text, each table
cell, field, input box and what else can be used in its own language

And for those of us who don't speak 2, 3 or 10 different languages, and only need *one*?

Gordon: it is a little easier to first disable the entire Dictionary category (rather than doing each language individually), then expand it and select only the desired language.

And I agree with your complaint, but there is something else that bugs me even more...

From a previous email of mine:

On 2011-08-31 12:46 PM, Tanstaafl <> wrote:
> Ok, this is really nuts...
> Before I go open up a bug about this, can anyone tell me why, if I
> deselect all dictionaries except the one I need, who, in the Windows
> Add/Remove Programs Support Info dialog, does it insist on showing it
> with ALL languages, thus causing the support info window to be even
> wider than my 24" 1920x1080 is capable of displaying in its entirety?

and two minutes later I posted the exact same question as the OP...

I think the default should be if you do a custom install, the only dictionary in the list should match the language the user chooses. It should be an easier way to do this.

I did not like the process it took to install a custom English install and not include all of the other language dictionaries. I do not think that installing 20 or 30 non-English dictionaries BY DEFAULT is the best way to go. For an English user, I do not want to see my Extension Manager list so filled with unused languages that I have a difficult time finding the extensions I did install or want to enable/disable from time to time. Many English users might be turned off by this.

For a Windows user, having all these language packs and non-English dictionaries include with their download install file may be go or bad, but it should not be the default to install. Also, if you do have the language packs include, why do you have to download the help packs separately? It does not make sense.

Maybe Windows installs should be like Linux's version. If you want any other language than English [and maybe no more than 5 others] you would need to download separate language and help packs for them. Linux users have to do this. It might be better to have Windows users do this as well. Maybe there could be a download option to automatically create a download list for all of the language packs and help packs that the user requests. That way he/she downloads only the languages they want or need. The difference in file size could be 30 to 50 MB, but there might be a better solution than what is going on now.

I think that it should not be the default to install all of those dictionaries and language packs if the user does not use a custom install. You should make it clear what is being installed by default so the user can make an informed choice. Then make the custom install process easier and more intuitive to use. If it is not easy for a users with 20 years of experience in installing software to do the process, how easy will it be for user with little experience at installing his/hers own software?

We need to make the process simpler. Period.
We need to make the default be something other than installing 30 languages over English. Period.
We need to make custom installs easier to do. Period.

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