Avoiding Problems by Avoiding Decisions

Andras Mantia amantia at kde.org
Mon May 17 16:36:28 BST 2004

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On Monday 17 May 2004 18:26, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> Andras Mantia wrote:
> >2a. Use the local name(s) aside the ISO name, so everyone can find
> > it's country.
> Just to be certain: are you proposing to use the locale's name for
> the country or the name the country's locals use?
> Example:
> if I were to choose French as my language, what should appear for
> Germany:
> 1.	Allemagne (Germany)
> or
> 2.	Deutschland (Germany)
> I think option #1 is preferrable.

I suggest 1. There was an issue with countries with more than one 
official language (lang1 and lang2). When you use English, you'd see:
English-name (name in lang1, name in lang2)

If you use lang1:
Name in lang1 (English-name)

If you use lang2:
Name in lang2 (English-name)

To handle such case we might need to introduce some flags for the 
country list. I don't know the code, so I don't know how easy/hard is 
to implement it.

This is to ease changing of countries for everybody. English speakers 
will know the country names regardless of the current language, 
non-English speakers will find their country name on an English 
One case is not covered, but that would be too much trouble and too 
confusing: finding your country on a desktop in a language you don't 
know when you don't speak English. That would require:
Name-in-desktop-language (English-name, 


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