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Re: National Language Support Functions

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: Re: National Language Support Functions
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 16:14:53 +0000
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Lennart Borgman (gmail) wrote:
Jason Rumney wrote:
Lennart Borgman (gmail) wrote:
We never made any decision on this issue. Most of the answers pointed to that GetUserDefaultUILanguage is the correct function to use. Or am I just misinterpreting to confirm what I said at the beginning ;-)

You are just misinterpreting to agree with what you yourself believe. Benjamin Riefenstahl had a similar setup as yourself, with a non-English locale on an English localized version of Windows, and he too would prefer the English tutorial, but I don't think we should limit ourselves to the languages that Windows has been translated to, and in some cases this is plainly the wrong language to use.

I am sorry, but I do not at all understand what you mean. What do you mean with that "I don't think we should limit ourselves to the languages that Windows has been translated to"? Have we discussed that at all? Is not this discussion about how to choose the correct language for text to be shown inside Emacs (in this case the tutorial of couse)?

The function you are suggesting we use returns the language used by Windows itself for its UI. If we use that function to determine the user's language preference, we (1) limit the language selection to languages that Windows has been localized in, and (2) the language cannot be changed by the user after installation except in Vista and installations of Windows 2000/XP that Microsoft makes available only to large multinational corporations.

It would be very good if we continued this discussion. It may not matter very much for those using an English keyboard layout, but it definitively does if you use for example a Swedish keyboard layout.
I don't see why keyboard layout has anything to do with it. The language that Emacs (and Gimp) uses is determined by the user's locale settings, not by the keyboard layout.

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