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Re: Why emacs have not native language menu

From: Hadron
Subject: Re: Why emacs have not native language menu
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 15:07:15 +0200

Pascal Bourguignon <address@hidden> writes:

> Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> Today I tried vim 7.1,It have native language menu.
>>>>> Why emacs only have English menu?
>> Because nobody has gone through the trouble of adding localization yet.
>> As for why, I would guess it's a mix of difficulty (need someone who
>> understand enough of Emacs and of localization to deal with it both at the
>> C and the Lisp level), together with the fact that it's bound to stay
>> partial:
>> - many elements are sufficiently dynamic that it's going to be
>>   difficult to add support to translate them.
>> - an important side of Emacs is that it exposes a lot of its internals: many
>>   important commands are reached via M-x where the term you enter is the
>>   name of a function (i.e. not quite a string), and all the online help
>>   refers to those things as well.
>> Still, it's quite doable.  The only difficulty is to have the courage to
>> start with something small and convince other people that it's worthwhile to
>> go down that road.
> That's the problem.  I don't think localization is a good thing at
> all.

I find that very difficult to agree with.

> Of course, as anybody I'd prefer to use software that speaks to me in
> a language I understand, but if the language of the author of the
> software is in the list of languages I understand, I prefer to use
> that software in the author's language, because it will be clearer and
> much less risky.  Also, when software is translated (you can take

Not if you don't speak that language .....

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