This is network-wide, I'll demonstrate with dba.SE

Searching for localisation gives 5 results: localisation, localised, localisation, localised and localisation

Searching for localization gives 2481 results, localization appears but also words like local, locale, locally.

Searching for color and colour also gives different results.

Can the configuration be tweaked to ignore American and British English spelling differences?

  • To be clear, if you search for 'colour', you also want everything with 'color', correct? (and the reverse, of course)
    – user50049
    Jul 15, 2014 at 8:41
  • @TimPost correct. Likewise, if I search for 'localisation' I also want to see the results I would get from searching for 'localization'.
    – Stijn
    Jul 15, 2014 at 8:41
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    ...except on EL&U, where it might be significant.
    – jscs
    Jul 15, 2014 at 18:52
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    Zomeone zhould write a uzerzcript that juzt putz zeez where they belongz.
    – Shog9
    Jul 17, 2014 at 3:53
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    Why not simply auto-correct all "American English" words into their proper English equivalents? :) Jul 17, 2014 at 11:39
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    @Shog9 I can't pronounce "zhould" correctly. You ruined my day. Jul 17, 2014 at 11:41
  • Related: Search is too accent-sensitive
    – Stijn
    Sep 3, 2014 at 10:05
  • @R.MartinhoFernandes. I think /zh/ is commonly used in simple phonetics to indicate the sound in the middle of leisure.
    – TRiG
    Oct 1, 2014 at 16:28
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit. While I tend to write -ise myself, out of force of habit, I actually prefer -ize. It's also favoured by Oxford.
    – TRiG
    Oct 1, 2014 at 16:29
  • @TRiG OUP is the only English publication to do so. Oct 1, 2014 at 16:43
  • I've had this issue too lately, since I typically use a lot of UK spellings, such as colour, programme, and -ise. This post hasn't seen any activity for almost a year now. Have there been any updates on fixing this? Jul 24, 2015 at 17:37


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