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I have manually updated one of my machines to ESET Smart Security Premium v11.1.42.0.  On installation the option to select the language is offered. English is identified with a US flag and (as a UK resident) I find this annoying and insulting; Spanish isn't shown with a Mexican flag or Portuguese with a Brazilian flag.  Please respect the identity and origins of the English language and use the UK Union flag.

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English is a multi faceted language originating in the West Germanic language group. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language

Whilst I cannot speak for ESET, I suspect the reasoning for showing the American flag is driven by population numbers who could be using said language. Perhaps a more reasonable request would be to show both the American and UK flags. But I am sure that would draw ire from people in other countries who also use English as their main language.

It could be like the proverbial dog chasing it's own tail.

Just my opinion. As I do not know, what flags are shown for the other languages?

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Indeed it is but it didn't originate in the USA.  It's called English and originated as it stands in the UK.  See the points re Spanish and Portuguese etc.  Population size doesn't cut it as an argument: Brazil has a population of 202M against Portugal's 10M.  Mexico has a population of 127M against Spain's 46M.

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I don't know if we have an "official" position on this posted, but afaik our outward-facing support content is written using US English as our style guide and that is why we use the American flag to denote that language record. Same with Spanish actually, we use the Spanish and not Mexican (for example) flag for the same reason (same with Brazilian Portuguese)--the flag represents the localization or style guide of reference, not the country of origin of the language. I realize this might be a fine distinction, but this is how we approach "localization" rather than "translation" when we match the record to a flag. 

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2 hours ago, foneil said:

I don't know if we have an "official" position on this posted, but afaik our outward-facing support content is written using US English as our style guide and that is why we use the American flag to denote that language record. Same with Spanish actually, we use the Spanish and not Mexican (for example) flag for the same reason (same with Brazilian Portuguese)--the flag represents the localization or style guide of reference, not the country of origin of the language. I realize this might be a fine distinction, but this is how we approach "localization" rather than "translation" when we match the record to a flag. 

The language is English.  To add some levity to the argument: 

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I'm British too but this is not really an issue @Skier. There is probably only about 20% of the software on the planet that offers a EN-GB combination and even less of a percentage that offers and EN-GB with a British flag. Outwith a flag being present in during installation, you will never see it again :)

If you have ever written code in any language on a computer , the industry standard is EN-US and probably the sole reason why it's been adopted by the masses this way. Plus anyone that is under the age of 30 will be unlikely to even realise that there is a difference, as autocorrect does people's spelling for them nowadays and still favours the EN-US format.

Even the word "Realise" is only slightly different in the US , being "Realize" , or "Specialised" becoming "Specialized" for example.
 

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My wife is ENGLISH.

That is - she is from England. 

UK means Great Britain & N. Ireland. 

Great Britain is England, Scotland, Wales, & N. Ireland. 

So to say English is language of the UK might get the ire of the Scots, Welsh, & Irish.  ( and the folks up in Lancashire). :)

I am Canadian - but i always find it helpful to be under the US banner in my work here & overseas.

Cheers.

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On 19/03/2018 at 1:59 PM, Skier said:

I have manually updated one of my machines to ESET Smart Security Premium v11.1.42.0.  On installation the option to select the language is offered. English is identified with a US flag and (as a UK resident) I find this annoying and insulting; Spanish isn't shown with a Mexican flag or Portuguese with a Brazilian flag.  Please respect the identity and origins of the English language and use the UK Union flag.

I'm not the only one who finds this annoying in general - I see it a lot. It's not a big deal I have just always wondered over the years if it was americans trying to claim they invented it ha

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We use American English in all our products probably because the USA are one of the biggest markets where our products are sold and ESET LLC has its seat there for many years. If we decide to produce also a British English, Australian English and whatever language flavor in the future, that version will use the appropriate country flag.

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I totally get that the program is written in American English and it's probably your largest market. The USA uses the ENGLISH language; yes, it's been changed slightly over the years but it's still ENGLISH.  The flag that identifies the language is the UK's Union flag (it could be argued that it should be the English flag but let's not confuse the issue).  I suppose I should be flattered as an Englishman I can work out that the US flag is being used and ESET believes that it must use an erroneous identifying flag to assist the Americans in identifying the appropriate language (with apologies to US citizens here).

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About Spanish

I find also this annoying and insulting

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So for ESET Chile now represents Español Latinoamericano!!!  Whaaaaaa?

Let's see some facts:

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ESET RETURN TO SCHOOL!!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

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10 hours ago, Marcos said:

We use American English in all our products probably because the USA are one of the biggest markets where our products are sold and ESET LLC has its seat there for many years. If we decide to produce also a British English, Australian English and whatever language flavor in the future, that version will use the appropriate country flag.

I doubt Chile is one of the biggest markets in Latin America...

Do you want a proof?

And I have more complains about this new version...

Thanks

Camelia

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Good grief.. I have a suggestion to resolve this.

Don't use a flag in the language description.

Problem solved.

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