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[bug #61371] [PATCH] [tbl]: tbl.1.man: use neutral wording "decimal sepa

From: Keith Marshall
Subject: [bug #61371] [PATCH] [tbl]: tbl.1.man: use neutral wording "decimal separator" in place of English specific "decimal point" and "dot"
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2021 07:39:33 -0500 (EST)
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Follow-up Comment #11, bug #61371 (project groff):

[comment #10 comment #10:]
> ...
> Keith's claim that "decimal separator" is "invalid terminology" is
> contradicted by Wikipedia's extensive, and extensively annotated, entry for
the term <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_separator>,
> ...
Wikipedia is *not* authoritative.  Besides, the documentation in question *is*
in the the English language, so English-specific terminology is appropriate.

*Neither* the Oxford Dictionary of UK English <https://www.lexico.com/en>,
(formerly the Oxford Dictionary of World English, and AFAIK, authoritative
throughout the English-speaking world, outside the sphere of influence of the
USA), *nor* [www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary Merriam-Webster],
(authoritative in the US English-speaking world), offers *any* definition for
the term "decimal separator"; *both* define "decimal point", (with a more
comprehensive definition in Merriam-Webster).

consistently uses the "decimal point" terminology, (with "separator" *only*
applied to thousands digit grouping).

Nonetheless, if you wish to engender a impression of utter technical
ineptitude, by all means adopt this asinine change in terminology ... I really
couldn't care less, any more.


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