Specifying languages in Word documents

  • Select the text you want to specify a language for (select all of the content – “Edit”; “Select All” – if you want to set the language for an entire Word document);
  • On the “Review” ribbon, the “Language” option will provide a list of languages from which you can choose the appropriate one.

An example of good practice

“Aujourd’hui”, the French word for “today”, with the correct language selected:


"aujord'hui", the French word for "today"
Figure 1

An example of bad practice

“Aujourd’hui”, the French word for “today”, with the language still set to English (UK):

"aujord'hui", the French word for "today" with a misspelling indicator
Figure 2



WCAG 2.1

  • 3.1.1 Language of Page (A)
  • 3.1.2 Language of Parts (AA)


EN 301 549 v 2.1.2

  • Language of Page
  • Language of Parts