@girly-girl: I agree. If they're going to use slashes, then it should be Baden/Württemberg and Mecklenberg/Western Pomerania. And even so, it would need to be North Rhine/Westphalia, without the hyphen.
If they get to tell us to write *'North-Rhine,' which looks really hideous and goes completely against the normal rules of English punctuation, then we should get to tell them to write 'Babies' or 'Die Vereinigten Staaten ist' or something. There's nothing official about that way of writing it at all, it's just wishful thinking on their part, trying to make English more like German.
@Frank FMH: Yeah, I find myself turning off half the defaults in MS Word on other people's computers all the time too, though it's handy if you can just make it do what you want it to rather than what it wants to.
It's true that those of us who care about details like that are in a tiny minority. I remember when I first became familiar with HTML how absolutely crazy it made me not to be able to use typographer's quotes. Now I can live with that, and I use two hyphens for a dash to save time as well here in the forum and it doesn't bother me, since I can remember the days of the typewriter.
But at least there are more of us here in the forum than in some groups. It's nice to be able to use en and em dashes when you want to, and I really feel this word is the place for one, though I doubt there's space for much explanation.
I would write 'word processor' as two words, though. (-;
@CJ de: I can't tell how it looks on your browser, sorry; both your en dash and mine look fine to me. But I do know that since LEO became a GmbH and changed servers in the process, a lot of special characters that used to display correctly for me no longer do. For example, a lot of times people write (Euro) and I see € instead (a little circle with four diagonal spokelets, like a mini-sun). And in forum.leo most of the text shows up as overlarge Arial/Helvetica, but ä, ö, ü are still a smaller size of Times Roman.
Oh well. It's annoying, but I'm learning to live with it. Some day I'll probably get a new computer, but it just seems crazy to have to go out and buy a new one when this one still works just fine. (Well, except for the planned obsolescence of Windows 98, which infuriates me on principle, but that's a whole 'nother topic.)
OT @CJ de: By the way, was that really you who wrote a couple of angry comments about Werner today out of the blue, or was that by any chance a tr*ll using your nick? The posts just looked a bit strange to me, in threads that had otherwise been old and inactive: related discussion:Unsolved Query related discussion:Das bringt uns der Sache schon näher? -- This certainly muddies the water