I did a quick search for 'favourite' in the US language pack on Atlassian Translations, and it looks like it's been changed to favorite in most (if not all) places: https://translations.atlassian.com/dashboard/translate?lang=en_US#/48/0/0/ALL/ALL/favourite
The text you noticed in the admin page describes a new feature that we added in 3.5, and we haven't found any problems with the language detection so far. The confluence.browser.language.enabled property is a system property, and can be set to false by following the instructions at https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/Configuring+System+Properties.
That process requires a restart though, so if you want to check that favorite is spelt correctly in the US language pack first, you can choose US English as the setting for yourself by going to /users/viewmysettings.action and changing the 'Language' setting.
If you ever find something spelt incorrectly, we'd love your contribution on Atlassian Translations - once you make a translation on the site you should be able to download a new US language pack with the fix immediately.
Let me know how it goes!
Thanks for the tip. I did notice that English (UK) was selected and English (US) was not in the list. Then I could see the "Atlassian Translations" link to download more languages, so I clicked it. I found English (US) and downloaded the .jar plugin.
Next I uploaded the plugin, and went back to languages and now I have English (US) in the list. I selected it and it is now highlighted.
BUT Still favorites is listed as favourites! I think it's misspelled in the US language pack.
Maybe this is also a clue. In the language configuration section of the Atlassian Admin, there is a passage reading:
This will only affect users if their browser does not send a language to Confluence, or if language detection is turned off by setting the confluence.browser.language.enabled property to false.
How do I set the browser.language.enabled property to false?? The logic behind the language detection may have a bug, so I'd like to disable that feature to see if the US English language pack is actually the culprit.
It seems that there are two related issues:
1) Confluence does not install with the US English language pack, I think this is a silly omission as it is pretty clear that US English is the dominant language on The Internet. As suggested here, it can be downloaded and then uploaded into Confluence as an add-on and then set to the default language.
2) The second issue is that there seems to be a known bug that has existed for years where Confluence will not detect the browser's language properly when the user/browser is using US English as their language. Confluence does not properly assign the US English language when it detects this - it uses UK English instead. Many people work around this by changing their JAVA-OPT/setenv.sh settings to force it to stop detecting the browser's language.
more info: https://ja.confluence.atlassian.com/display/CONFKB/Confluence+and+Team+Calendars+for+Confluence+Do+Not+Detect+Browser+Language+Preference
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