Feeds

Apple drops British English MacOS

Mac maker shows its true colors...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

A week after astounding UK Mac users by pulling out of its own show, Apple has apparently knocked the localised version of MacOS 9 on the head.

According to UK sources cited by US newssite MacCentral, Apple UK is keeping mum on the plan, relying on the fact that most users intalling the 'International English' version won't spot the fact that it isn't 'British English'.

We'd suggest the change from Wastebasket to Trash would be a bit of a giveaway, but clearly Apple doesn't think so. Still, the change from the rugged 'Trash' to the genteel, home counties 'Wastebasket' isn't so naff an Anglicisation as AOL's pointless switch from 'You've got mail' to 'You've got post'.

The UK users cited by MacCentral clearly consider all this a Very Bad Thing. One complains about the despoilation of the purity of British English, others grumble about the lack of UK-specific plug-ins for the MacOS' Internet search technology, Sherlock.

More worrying is the effect on software, most notably QuarkXPress, which requires a localised version of the OS, though a quick solution to the problem is not beyond Quark, which, it has to be said responded very quickly to the software's requirement of a floppy drive when Apple ommitted said from its Power Mac line earlier this year.

Our take on the issue is rather more positive. Having been forced in the past to wait months for Apple to localise the MacOS for UK Macs, it will be nice for once to get the damn thing immediately. And while we're concerned about the missing 'u' in the Colors control panel, we're not entirely convinced our productivity will go down the tubes as a result. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.