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  • The answer (for work) is nearly always Dell Ultrasharp.

    Or look here.

  • Is there a way to have my mac's primary language set to English, but have Safari in, say, German?

    In other words I'd like to have Safari tell websites to please display the content in German by default rather than English.

    Can't find settings for this - but vaguely remember there was an option to set a localisation stuff like that in Firefox so was wondering..

  • Yes. In System Preferences, in Languages & Region, there is a tab that says "Apps" or something like that (my Mac is in Spanish). You can add any app there and set a different language ...


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  • You can also do this for many apps on iOS too.

  • I want to do a slideshow on my ipad air as a screensaver like on my macbook pro. Do I have to individually select each photo and also live with the wacky formatting that’s chosen for me? I want to randomly play all my photos, there’s about 6000 of them.
    Is there a good app for that?

  • Thank you for this!

    It does not really "fix" the issue I'm having though -
    while Safari indeed displays in German now (all the menus are in German etc.) websites still seem to show the English version by default.
    Did re-start Safari, and the whole Mac for that matter, but nothing changed.
    It feels like whatever language / localisation check certain websites are doing pick up the system language, not the app language.

  • Sounds like you need a German VPN.

    Sites will likely be using IP to resolve your location rather than any system setting.

  • But.. but I am in Germany!

  • Go here and see what “Accept-Language” header is being sent in the request.

    https://www.whatismybrowser.com/detect/w­hat-http-headers-is-my-browser-sending

    It should match Safari’s language, although I don’t know how monkeying with the app language changes that.

    You might end up having to switch to a different browser that lets you set the language header explicitly.

  • You're basically depending on the website developers to a)actually have a German language version, and b) have code to automatically detect your preferred language.

    This is hard, and even in 2020, pretty unreliable. Detecting on the server side by IP is unreliable because things like edge caches (e.g. Akamai) lie to the server about the user's origin (unless you pay a lot extra). Similarly reading accept-language headers from the request is a bit flaky because if present, they may not be accurate. On the client side, the methods to do it are split between three poorly-implemented methods which don't behave the same across browsers.

    Generally when things are this unreliable the best solution is not to implement them at all, and in the case of internationalisation, do it manually. Make the user choose and save their preference in a cookie, or local storage.

    On the websites I've built the approach as been 'top level domain < language part of URL < user cookie', so if someone goes to example.fr instead of example.com they get French instead of English, but if they then go to example.fr/en/ they get English. But if they have a cookie that says 'de' then it redirects them to example.de and that overrides everything.

  • Go here and see what “Accept-Language” header is being sent in the request.

    I did.

    It should match Safari’s language

    It doesn't, it instead matches the primary OS setting ("en-us").

    You might end up having to switch to a different browser that lets you set the language header explicitly.

    Yeah, Firefox let's you do this, even without entering the scary about:config - looks like this is the way to go..

  • Also thanks for elaborating @bq -
    I get what you're saying, and it seems there's no smooth way that just works apparently.
    It's actually major websites that can't seem to get this right (like amazon, or DHL for example)..

    You're basically depending on the website developers to a)actually have a German language version, and b) have code to automatically detect your preferred language.

    ..so they definitely do have a proper German site, and they could choose the language based on IP location - or use cookies - but it seems they don't do the former and fuck up the latter.

    🤷

  • Now where's the announcement for the April keynote where they'll introduce the redesigned 32" iMac with the M1x processor and shitloads of ram?

  • WWDC probably.

  • iPhone dictionary question. I appeared to have added ‘amd’ as a word, amongst others, to the predictive text dictionary. How do I remove this?

  • Looked this up a while ago. Think you have to clear all your added words. Hopefully someone will correct me

  • Thanks. I found the keyboard reset. Not exactly what I wanted to do but it seems the only way.
    On a previous phone, I was able to view ‘my added words’ and edit them - seemingly this can’t be done on an iPhone 10.

  • Concerning my post #17756, any ideas for this?

  • Hi all, is anyone looking to sell their iMac/Macbook pro. Looking to buy one for a reasonable price and thought I'd try here.

  • I am, but I’m in Canader.

  • @photoben had a souped up one he was selling.
    May have moved it t'bay

  • Thanks, will send a pm.

  • Sold I'm afraid.

  • Did you get what you wanted for it?

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