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RE: valid locales ---> was Re: bilingual websites

From: Suzanne M. Topping <stopping@bizwonk.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2001 10:23:25 -0500
Message-ID: <427F53DA8F48E9498ADF0F868763F88C028BB1@wonkserver1.bizwonk.com>
To: <www-international@w3.org>, "Nelocsig (E-mail)" <nelocsig@yahoogroups.com>
Questions about this topic came up recently on another list, and caused
me to wonder if it might be "better" to offer user selectable options
for various locale-related functions, rather than trying to devise what
individual preferences or requirements might be?
 
For example, UIs could default to the language used by the operating
system, and could start with "default" formatting etc. settings based on
the OS as well. But perhaps for optimal user satisfaction, we should
offer dropdowns next to date, time, currency, address, title etc. fields
which would allow users to choose how they wanted data displayed, and
have the formats changed on the fly.
 
Thoughts?

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter_Constable@sil.org [mailto:Peter_Constable@sil.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2001 9:16 AM
To: www-international@w3.org
Subject: Re: valid locales ---> was Re: bilingual websites



On 10/31/2001 12:47:09 PM David_Possin@i2.com wrote:

>So far we have ISO codes for language (I prefer language group) and for
country 
>(I prefer region). But there is not standard definition that tells me
which 
>combinations are valid. Therefore I assume that any combination is
valid and 
>legal and can be used. WRONG! 

[snip] 

>Let me describe 2 simple workflows our customers require. A major
online 
>bookseller wants to display the site in the user's language and the
user's 
>currency... The bookseller wants to 
>offer Spanish titles with Mexican preferences in US dollars. 
Received on Wednesday, 7 November 2001 10:23:27 GMT

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