Dictionary settings in the prefs are merely a choice of which dictionary among those installed for each language you wish to use for that language. They are in no way connected to setting the language assigned to the text, which is a character-level attribute.
It can be set in your style, in the character panel, or in the control panel in Text mode.
Thanks, yes I see that now, fixing it the styles. I assumed the preference setting would dominate and control the default choice in 'Paragraph Styles'. Thanks for the quick response.
Having a single language designation would be counter-productive. You can assign different languages to foreign words scattered through your text and ID will use the dictionary associated with that language when checking spelling and making hyphenation decisions.
I'm new to InDesign and have the same question with regards to the Dictionary and Spell checker.
I have the UK: English set in my Preferences or the dictionary, but the word 'symbolises' still comes up as an incorrect word in the document?
I appreciate this can be overridden in the document Character panel, but mine only shows English: USA?
My InDesign has also stopped showing 'button hints' when the mouse is placed on an icon?