Microsoft KB Archive/170886
Article ID: 170886
Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007
- Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
This article was previously published under Q170886
When you set the text language to French (Standard) in Microsoft Word 97 and type a sentence with a single quotation mark enclosed in double quotation marks, the single quotation mark will incorrectly be formatted as a double quotation mark.
To correct this problem, install Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 1 (SR- 1).
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Word 97 SR-1.
For additional information about SR-1, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
172475 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install MS Office 97 SR-1
In French, quotations are set off with chevrons (which resemble greater than and less than symbols). For example, this sentence in English
"This is a sentence enclosed in quotation marks."
is written like this in French:
<< This is a sentence enclosed in quotation marks. >>
Microsoft Word uses the AutoFormat feature to convert double quotation marks (") to the French quotation marks (<< or >>) when the language property for the text is set to French (on the Tools menu, click Language).
If you want to have a single quotation mark enclosed within standard quotation marks, the single quotation mark is changed to a double quotation mark. This behavior is incorrect. The single quotation mark should remain as is. For example, this English statement
"l'arbre" et l'avion
is changed to this if French is selected as the language:
<< l"arbre >> et l'avion
The correct behavior would produce the following results:
<< l'arbre >> et l'avion
To format text for French, follow these steps:
- Select the text you want to format for French.
- On the Tools menu, point to Language, and click Set Language.
- Change the language to French (Standard) and then click OK.
For more information about international features in Microsoft Word, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
159341 WD97: International Fonts Don't Appear in Font List
163813 WD97: International Characters Incorrectly Mapped
168852 WD97: Nested Calculations Updated Incorrectly (International)
169530 WD97: Date/Time Field Doesn't Update to International Version
For more information about international features, click the Office Assistant, type "international features," click Search, and then click "International features in Word."
NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component
Additional query words: SR1 release1 8.0 8.00
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