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Re: Why emacs have not native language menu

From: Jean-Christophe Helary
Subject: Re: Why emacs have not native language menu
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 20:12:39 +0900

On 24 juil. 07, at 16:41, Tassilo Horn wrote:
Why emacs only have English menu?

Because Emacs is a much more complex program, and therefore adding
localization support to it is a much harder job.  And because no one
volunteered to do that job.

Another cause is that emacs has a precise terminology. To blur it would
be a source of confusion.

Also, emacs has a gazillion extension packages developed mostly by one
author each and those won't be localized anyway. IMHO a program that
uses one language and the same terminology everywhere is much better
than a mixture of (possibly bad) localizations and original content.

Do you actually use localized applications or do you just suppose that localizers are less good at doing their jobs then coders at doing theirs ?

And finally I think there's no real demand for localizations. The
average emacs user is a techie, a programer or maybe an author -- at
least somebody who needs to edit huge amounts of text

And that means that technical writers who use OpenOffice can't be bothered with localizations ? Or that techies who use Debian don't give a damn about localization ? Who are you trying to convince here ?

Jean-Christophe Helary

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