Re: Use of American/British English


Andreas J. Guelzow wrote:

On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 06:25, Christian Rose wrote:

Every application in the desktop using its own English flavour is not
the recipe for a consistent desktop experience.

Sorry, but how could the `desktop experience' be affected by the
language of the original strings? The user will see the translated
strings only, so only they need to be consistent for a 'consistent
desktop experience'.

If the original strings are inconsistent throughout the desktop, you increas the likeliness of the translations being inconsistent too. TM or no TM. That's just how humans work, in my experience.

Of course, I agree that it will make the life easier for translators to
use one consistent spelling and terminology in the source strings across
the GNOME desktop. And en_US seems to be the spelling in use in most


(BTW and off the top of my head: Martyn asked what language RH uses when American English is chosen, and AFAIK, it uses what's in the msgid strings. Correct me if I'm wrong.)

Perhaps one could use scripts of a similar kind to what e. g. en_GB translators often do from en_US, but for "uniformizing" the msgid strings?


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