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What is the difference between \setdefaultlanguage vs \setmainlanguage? I have seen either one and also both used with polyglossia. I am confused as to which one I should use in my document.

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  • Have you read the polyglossia documentation (the section about both commands)?
    – TeXnician
    Oct 7 '17 at 7:21
  • I had not. I didn't know both were polyglossia-commands. It states: You can determine the default language by means of the command: \setdefaultlanguage[⟨options⟩]{lang} (or equivalently \setmainlanguage).
    – thymaro
    Oct 7 '17 at 9:20
  • Yes, it is. What is the correct procedure for closing? I don't have a 'close' option anywhere. Might be a privileges issue, though.
    – thymaro
    Oct 7 '17 at 9:42
  • What flag did you set?
    – thymaro
    Oct 7 '17 at 9:47
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    Since this question is on-topic and we don't have a duplicate, wouldn't it be better to provide an answer that can be found using google?
    – Johannes_B
    Oct 7 '17 at 12:40
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The manual states on page 4 that you can set the primary language using \setdefaultlanguage and that \setmainlanguage acts identically (is a synonym).

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    I'd also remark that, in my opinion, \setmainlanguage is semantically better. Also babel has main=<language> and fontspec has \setmainfont.
    – egreg
    Oct 7 '17 at 17:43

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