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I'm a Canuck, so I have a tendency to spell things in the "Queens English" as opposed to American English. You know, the classic colour vs. color debate.
Anyway, for sites targeted within a more localised market, I use the Queens English. For sites with a wider audience, I spell in American.
And I can't seem to win either way. Each version of spelling seems to draw about the same amount of inboxer grief from the nit-pickers.
I bring it up, because one of my favorite content/entertainment sites is a US based site that was founded by a couple of UK expats, and they use the Queens English spelling. Every time I notice this, I tend to have a "Right on brother, fight the man" reaction.
Anyone in here in the same boat? Aussies, Bulldogs, Canucks, Kiwis, whatever... Am I the only one who worries about this?
I think from a marketing point of veiw punters prefer to see what they are used to seeing, regards spelling.
For instance, I set-up and organise volunteer programs or programmes, in South and Central America...my market is the English speaking world.
I use two sets of templates for contacting customers - sometimes the American version gets sent across the pond, and the Brit version gets sent up the coast of the Americas .... never had a complaint, not even a whimper or a whinge.....yet
Incidentally, there's only one "c" in "necessary".
An aircraft cabin can be pressurized, but people are pressured - just thought I'd explain now rather than later.
I must confess that many Americans are staggeringly ignorant of the "outside world", but much of that can be laid at the feet of our "establishment" news media and educational system. Many Yanks aren't even aware of the outside world. They've never been exposed.
Personally, I enjoy the variety and nuance of the different "dialects". If you're a user of British English or your site is aimed at users of such, please don't feel like you have to apologize for using the "proper" (for you) spellings. Instead, view complaints as an opportunity to (attempt to) enlighten.
And please know that some of us quite like it.
Otherwise, I'm all about spelling the Canadian way (Queen's English).
What I'm really worried about is Internet English - hopefully that will NEVER become the norm. (plz instead of please, u r instead of you are, etc.)
I'm in the UK by the way, and all my content is in the Queens English (or as close as I can get to it!) I never ever use 'ize' but 'ise', even though google wants to correct my spelling to the US version every time!
My website's main customers are UK based. However I also sell a lot to the USA. I use Queens English. The only time I use American is like this 'please send your cheque (check) to....'
I also agree about text speak. I know a few people who always use u rather than you, 2 rather than to/too. Bloody annoying. No wonder so many children (kids) have trouble spelling.