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RE: New FAQ: Global Gateway

From: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 19:20:03 -0500
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To: "RICHARD,FRANCOIS (HP-France,ex1)" <francois.richard@hp.com>, "'jyunker@bytelevel.com'" <jyunker@bytelevel.com>
Cc: public-i18n-geo@w3.org

This is a good point. Maybe a question for a separate FAQ?

We have gone through this on http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Translation.
We basically use Unicode order (by codepoint, with some tweaks
to adapt it to the Unicode sorting algorithm). The result is
ordering by script, with Latin first and all the other
scripts later. For our case, that seems to be good enough
(at one point, we had the texts in the actual language, but
sorted by code, which was rather weird).

The main concern I have with the current order is that
people from Asia may look for their language in Latin,
don't find it, and may give up too early, because on
a small screen, they may not even see that there are
non-Latin language labels.

For many cases, ordering may be influenced by the number
of customers in that language, which may be differen for
each company. Often, one also sees Latin labels alternating
with non-latin labels, which solves the above problem and
is graphically nice.

Regards,    Martin.

At 10:18 03/11/18 +0100, RICHARD,FRANCOIS (HP-France,ex1) wrote:

> >(Screen shot example)
> >
> >If your site has more than four locales, you may need to use a
> >pull-down menu.
> >
> >(Screen shot example)
> >
> >
> >
> >Translate the links
> >Don't forget to translate the names of the languages in the
> >gateway. For example, don't use 'German' when you can use
> >'Deutsch'. Always use the native language of your user.
>When using drop-down menu, should we also indicate how the sorting of the
>list should be done?
>Is there such thing as "international sorting" that allows to sort a list of
>multilingual entries such as:
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