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Word fails to change text language
Thread poster: Alaa Zeineldine

Alaa Zeineldine  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:27
Member (2002)
English to Arabic
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Mar 11, 2007

I had this problem with both Word XP and Word 2007 when I produce a Word file using Tageditor through "save target as ...". My source language is English and the target language is Arabic. When I open the file, I find the Arabic text direction inconsistent, with some words split such that the begining of the word maybe at the end of the line (to the left) and the rest of the word at the beginning of the line (at the right).

When I select the text, I find that Word identifies the text language as German (in this case my client is a German agency), although the text is Arabic. I try to change the language of the selected text, which Word allows me to do withough reporting any problems, but when I am done, I find that Word still reports the text language as German as if nothing was done. I also had documents from other clients in which the language appeared as Spanish, although there was not a single word in Spanish or German in either document, I only work in Arabic and English.

BTW, if I add text manually to the document, Word shows the correct language for it.

I hope I explained the problem well, and I do hope someone can help.


[Edited at 2007-03-11 15:55]

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Tony M  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:27
French to English
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'select all' text before setting language Mar 11, 2007

I don't have specific experience using the exact-same set-up you're using, but I have had similar quirky problems with language setting in documents in general (in various versions of Word). I assume it is due to stray attribute tags getting left in the doc.

What I have found to be a cure in almost all cases is to 'select all' the text, and re-set it globally to the desired language; this appears to 'clean out' any stray codes that may have got left in (happens a lot when cutting-and-pasting beteen docs, for example...)

Good luck!

(as a footnote, I had the reverse problem once when someone had used text bowes in a doc. that were all set to AR language, even though filled with EN text; in that case, editing them became very interesting, until the moment when I discovered what was wrong!)

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Juliana Starkman  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:27
Spanish to English
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Select all is only way out Mar 11, 2007

Ahalan Alaa,
In Hebrew I often used to have the same problem, with my text bobbing all over the page. I agree that the "select all" seems to work best...

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