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Re: [Lynx-dev] Proposed patch to init preferred-doc-lang from LANG/LANGU

From: Stef Caunter
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Proposed patch to init preferred-doc-lang from LANG/LANGUAGE
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 07:14:58 -0500 (EST)

On Sat, 28 Apr 2007, Henry Nelson wrote:

Why do you get that impression?  If the user has no preference or, in
the case we seem to be discussing here, has no clue as to what AND what
order of language_s_  he/she prefers, then the best thing is to not force
some arbitrary prejudices on what the user _might_ prefer, but to leave
the preference empty, since that is exactly what it is, null.  If the user
later takes the time to study and gain an appreciation for expressing his/her
language preference, then he/she can do that easily through Lynx's Option Menu.

Packagers force stuff on users all the time, so it would seem to be the appropriate place for it to happen. I have argued that lynx should ship fast, slick and mean in a default setup, but since it ships configurable to taste, either by packager, sysadmin, or curious user, it becomes a matter of who likes what, and we defer to the existing layout.

Both.  You cannot "auto-detect" the preferences of every single user.

This is only to check for an (exported?) environment variable; lynx users live with this all the time whether they know it or not, and environment is notoriously unpredictable (e.g. exporting, SSL_CERT_DIR ... ).

All you can do is make _assumptions_ about what the majority of users
might prefer.  Setting general, overriding environment variables to
"auto-detect" a single preference in a particular situation is totally


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