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Re: windows-1251 language environment

From: Alex Schroeder
Subject: Re: windows-1251 language environment
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2003 16:33:43 +0100
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Dave Love <address@hidden> writes:

> The trouble with `language' environments is that they have little to
> do with the language per se.  If you're not going by system defaults
> (locales), I think you want to provide orthogonal customization of
> language, codeset, and other features.  If you lump them all together,
> you'll have probably four for each Western European language: latin-1,
> latin-9, windows-1252 and utf-8.  Then multiply by two or three for
> the possible input methods.  Then the calendar is different in
> territories with the same language...

I agree with Dave Love.  Take Switzerland as an example, and let us
only talk about German and French, excluding Italian and
Rhaeto-Romance.  We speak German, but we use a different ispell
dictionary because instead of a sharp s we use double-s, and we use
our own keyboard layout.  We use any of the four coding systems Dave
lists.  We use a different date format (last time I checked).  The
French speaking Swiss use the French ispell dictionary, but they, too,
have a different keyboard layout.

The language per se is not enough information.

There is no substitute for experience.

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