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WINDOWS users of Tidy: roadmap feedback requested

From: Jim Derry <balthisar@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:58:10 +0800
Message-ID: <CABUm+BdeFyOHvWjtMb5x2EvPD2_HkkOrGbh4MKpVZBi3yCy6-Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: html-tidy@w3.org
Dear users of HTML Tidy and LibTidy on the Windows platform,

The developers of HTML Tidy would like your feedback on this one question:

Q: Do you categorize support on Windows XP and earlier as a WANT or as a
NEED?
A:

Thank you for your support of HTML Tidy over the years. As the developers
of HTML Tidy make progress on localization efforts for HTML Tidy we find
ourselves having to make some hard decisions regarding Windows support.

To be a "good citizen" in the localization world HTML Tidy should support
the use of POSIX positional parameters in format strings (e.g., "%1$s
%2$s", "silly", "clown" would be translated as  "%2$s %1$s", "tanto",
"payaso" in Spanish in order to render the correct word order).

Support for this standard was added to Windows Vista, meaning that HTML
Tidy would no longer function on Windows XP systems and earlier without
sacrificing positional parameters.

Although [Windows XP has been EOL'd](
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help), there are
organizations with continuing service-level agreements, as well as [nearly
11% of current market share](
https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0
).

Alternatively we could choose _not_ to support positional parameters while
maintaining pre-Vista compatibility on Windows. This could lead to awkward
translations in some languages. Supporting positional parameters could be
deferred to the indeterminate future when support for Windows XP is deemed
less critical.

Please note that Unix, Mac OS X, and Linux systems are not affected by this
decision as they are POSIX compliant.

Therefore I invite you to discuss this matter. Thank you.

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Jim Derry
Clinton Township, MI, USA
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China PRC
Received on Monday, 25 January 2016 03:58:42 UTC

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