Re: Use of American/British English
- From: Tim Foster <Tim Foster Sun COM>
- To: Keld Jørn Simonsen <keld dkuug dk>
- Cc: Christian Rose <menthos gnome org>,"Andreas J. Guelzow" <aguelzow taliesin ca>,GNOME Desktop Development List <desktop-devel-list gnome org>,GNOME I18N List <gnome-i18n gnome org>
- Subject: Re: Use of American/British English
- Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 16:31:23 +0000
I've a good reason not to use British English, and instead to continue
Lots of the companies that work with GNOME - Sun, Novell, HP, IBM, etc.
are quite likely to have translation memories that are full of en-US
source text and lots of translations.
Using en-US as your source would allow you to take full advantage of any
translation memory data these companies were willing to donate.
At the end of the day though, I'd say, pick one language, stick with it,
and moove on ...
[ for what it's worth, I live in Ireland and prefer British English over
US English, but it's not a big ]
On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 16:26, Keld JÃ¸rn Simonsen wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 03:51:20PM +0100, Christian Rose wrote:
> > mÃ¥n 2004-02-23 klockan 14.52 skrev Andreas J. Guelzow:
> > > > Every application in the desktop using its own English flavour is not
> > > > the recipe for a consistent desktop experience.
> > >
> > > Sorry, but how could the `desktop experience' be affected by the
> > > language of the original strings? The user will see the translated
> > > strings only, so only they need to be consistent for a 'consistent
> > > desktop experience'.
> > Not really -- many users will not use any message translation, either by
> > running in the C or en_US locales, or not having any NLS/gettext support
> > enabled at all. This could be either on purpose (say, users happy with
> > American English messages and wanting to cut all *.[g]mo files because
> > of space restrictions), or by accident, due to a misconfigured locale
> > (in general it seems surprisingly many not entirely unfamiliar
> > distributions do not configure default locales correctly.)
> This is then one more reason to use British English.
> As most users outside the USA are taught British English in school, then
> the most natural choice would be to use British English as the default.
> Best regards
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Tim Foster - Translation Technology Engineer, Software Globalization
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