Explaining the Windows 2000 Regional Options Dialog

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2004/12/11 12:48 -05:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2004/12/11/279997.aspx

(This page was originally posted at http://i18nWithVB.com/win2k.htm but I thought it could use a wider audience)

Explaining the Windows 2000 Regional Options Dialog

Disclaimer: This page is not officially sanctioned by Microsoft. With that said, several Microsoft employees admitted to getting a good laugh out of it, and no one found it to be technically inaccurate. It is perhaps a bit ruder than they would choose, thats all! :-)

Now, I would have thought that this dialog would have been easy for people to understand, but there has been a lot of confusion related to it. Therefore, this rude little Q&A is intended to cover just what this dialog does for you. As I describe each part, refer to this picture so you know exactly what I am talking about.

I will let you in on a secret: the people who understand this dialog will sometimes laugh their you-know-whats off every time they think about the people who just do not get it. Not the people who ask questions and then learn, but the people who ask questions, get answers, and then start confusing simple terms like BUTTON, DROPDOWN, and LISTBOX. So please, we want YOU to be one of us, the laughers, rather than the laughees.

You should assume that every word of this page is there to allow you to laugh at all the others who simply refuse to get it. If there happens to be a sentence that used to apply to you, just don't tell anyone; we will never know the difference. Now you can laugh with the rest of us -- welcome to the club!

First, the control types:

Ok, now to the dialog!

Here is each part, explained:

Now, there is obviously more: there is that daunting "Advanced..." BUTTON in the lower right hand corner of the dialog. Lets just ignore that one for now, it is for advanced installation of various alternate legacy code pages (many of which are installed automatically when you add languages that your system supports).

There is also the last TAB of the dialog, which supports input locales. But that is one that will probably requires its own page to explain, so that will be a job for another day.

That's all for now. Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this page!

# Creative Teens' Club on 6 Jul 2008 12:19 PM:

Is there support for UTF-8 Indic Languages in Windows 2000

# Michael S. Kaplan on 6 Jul 2008 1:44 PM:

This seems like a question for the Suggestion Box rather than attached as a comment to an unrelated post from 3.5 years prior based on a web page older than that?

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referenced by

2007/04/28 When the system locale is the display language

2005/02/21 Give me a [word-]break!

2005/02/18 Ready... set... Reboot!

2005/02/16 Language groups -- the vestigial tail of NLS

2005/02/01 What is my locale? Well, which locale do you mean?

2004/12/13 Regional Options is not intuitive (Duh!)

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