Windows 10: When will the incorrect decimal symbol for South Africa regional settings be fixed?

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    When will the incorrect decimal symbol for South Africa regional settings be fixed?


    When will the incorrect decimal symbol for South Africa regional settings be fixed? It should be a period and not a comma.

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    BarendF, Jun 18, 2021
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  2. South Africa's region settings are wrong. How can I report this?

    1. This applies to every desktop PC running Windows 10 in South Africa. It is not device specific.

    2. No. I am referring to number and currency formats. These are found here:

    Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region > Change date, time or number formats > Additional settings > Numbers > Decimal symbol

    Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region > Change date, time or number formats > Additional settings > Numbers > List separator

    Control Panel > Clock, Language and Region > Change date, time or number formats > Additional settings > Currency > Decimal symbol

    3. The problem is not related to typing.

    4. Not applicable.

    5. No.

    The system default settings for South Africa are wrong and need to be fixed. The default setting is that the decimal symbol is a comma and the list separator is a semicolon. This is wrong. The decimal symbol should be a period and the list separator should
    be a comma.
     
    Gary Jacobson, Jun 18, 2021
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  3. Windows phone decimal symbol on the numeric keypad does not match region

    Some regions (like South Africa) use a , (comma) as a decimal symbol instead of a . (period). I personally preferred it when Windows still had it "wrong" and used a . like for the rest of the world, but I digress.

    Anyway, the numeric keypad on WP8.1 only has a . which means that apps that does not explicitly cater for a comma decimal symbol will throw some kind of error. As WP is still an afterthought for most apps it means that it could take months for a fix to be
    made.

    If there was a , on the keypad when in a region that requires it, these things would hopefully just work. Ideally I would like the option to keep the South African regional settings, but only change the decimal symbol back to .
     
    Gerhardvan Zyl, Jun 18, 2021
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  4. When will the incorrect decimal symbol for South Africa regional settings be fixed?

    South Africa's region settings are wrong. How can I report this?

    Well-written software should take the PC's regional settings into account when creating text versions of numbers. That means, as long as a text version of a number stays on the same PC (or same logged-on user) it should all be OK.

    For years though, we (South Africans and computer users?) have been using the "international" '.' decimal separator and ',' list separator. To suddenly find (be reminded) that the South African standard is a ',' decimal separator (in numbers and currency)
    is a bit of a shock. This has caused problems as a result of lazy program writing (e.g. bank statement downloads, and a lot of my own software!)

    There is a good investigation into what is correct at

    How to correctly format currency in South Africa? | Robert MacLean

    Andrew
     
    Andrew N Spencer, Jun 18, 2021
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