en-US language presumption

Tollef Fog Heen tfheen at err.no
Sat Aug 29 15:12:59 BST 2009

]] Matthew East 

| That does sound reasonable, if the current position is that developers
| are not writing US English.

Some of us (at least I) am not, at least.  I obviously can't speak for
the developer population at large.

| I don't think it's a question of "bothered".  [...]

Maybe it was a bad choice of words.  Bothered to create a team, or
bothered enough by the en_GB-isms they see.

| Having said that, I think it's difficult to go further, as Paul seems
| to be suggesting, and have a policy that any human language (including
| non-English languages) can be used, because then we have an issue that
| most translation teams won't be able to translate the strings at all.
| E.g. a Japanese translator, although they will understand English,
| won't understand German or Finnish.

AIUI, the human language that the «C» locale corresponds to is not
defined, so English, German or Finnish, Klingon or just code words are
all fine, with the caveat that they have to be ASCII, which makes
writing German or Finnish trickier, but probably not impossible.

Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are

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