Avoiding Problems by Avoiding Decisions

Andreas Pour pour at mieterra.com
Tue May 18 15:33:35 BST 2004

Maks Orlovich wrote:
> On Monday 17 May 2004 11:40 am, Andreas Pour wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > That's a good point, but one might do that by always showing a language in
> > its own language, in addition to the selected language.  For example, if
> > you are using an English desktop, German would appear as:
> >
> >   German (Deutsch)
> Practical constraint: we need to somehow check whether the script of the
> translated name can be rendered. Since it's not at all unlikely that a
> West-European install would not be able to render CJK scripts, or Arabic, or
> Hebrew, or one of the Indic scripts, or Cyrillic, or ....; and we don't want
> to have a bunch of boxes.

Again in the spirit of focusing the issue:  if the translation is not there,
there is no point in offering the option (indeed from a usability point of view
it should not be displayed or be greyed out).  If it's a missing font issue, I
wonder if that can be easily detected?  If not one could use an image for the
language name (either as primary or as backup if it can't be rendered).



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