[standards-jig] Re: [JDEV] Internationalization

Max Horn max at quendi.de
Sun Nov 4 23:17:21 UTC 2001

At 16:04 Uhr -0700 04.11.2001, David Waite wrote:
>First though, I'm wondering what this is meant to solve. Do users 
>need to know other user's locale

That is one reason, although in my eyes not the most important. They 
don't *need* to know, but for some things it could indeed be usable.

Note that a full locale specified also includes an encoding part, 
e.g. de_DE.ISO_8859-1
This could be useful for some transports to guess the encoding they 
should use, e.g. IRC-t

>  or is this just because the current jabber namespaces use english 
>text so much for user instructions, updates, and errors?

Indeed, that is for me the most important part.

>Perhaps we should instead focus on using XML instead of english text 
>to convey instructions and errors? That was, after all, one of the 
>main points behind XML :-)

I don't see how you can encode every possible need for automatic test 
messages in XML, including fill words etc. I am thinking here e.g. of 
iq:gateway. How would you fully encode every possible meaning there?

Of course, XML "forms" are another important thing that is needed 
(and people talk about it for well over a year now, but nothing is 
happening :/). But it can't be a full substitute for locale support 
in my eyes.

Max Horn
Software Developer

email: <mailto:max at quendi.de>
phone: (+49) 6151-494890

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