Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:46:31 +0200 From: Wermut <wermut@...il.com> To: "musl@...ts.openwall.com" <musl@...ts.openwall.com> Subject: locale fallback option Hi I just read, that you committed the basic locale code and about the musl firsts and thought of one thing that I would really like to see in a modern implementation. Problem: User A speaks a language "xyz" and lives in country "AB". So he will set the relevant locale environment vars to "xyz_AB". The problem is, that the language "xyz" is only spoken by a minority of people and the translation of the software in his language is often not complete or non existend. The result is, that user A will have to read the most strings in plain english, because this is the standard fallback. Because our user A is a member of a minority, he knows also the language "ts" which is also spoken in "AB", but he does not know any english. Status quo: Because the translation "xyz_AB" is not really complete, the user A gives up, is frustrated and sets his locale to "ts_AB". What really should be possible: User A sets the locale "xyz_AB" and sets "ts_AB" as a fallback for definitions and strings not available in "xyz_AB". Only if a string is not defined in either "xyz_AB" or "ts_AB", the hardcoded english string is shown to him. This would require, that the locale definition would accept something like LANG=xyz_AB:ts_AB I have worked in the past with some of these translation problems and worked with people from a lot of minorities that have all the same problem: The locale subsystem is just no flexible enough. I know that the implementation is potentially expensive, because you could end up in looking into a lot of physical files on your hard drive, but it would definitive be a big improvement and would help that almost distinguished language would be used more often in computer translations. Thanks for reading. Regards Kevin
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