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Re: Suggestion about input languages

From: James
Subject: Re: Suggestion about input languages
Date: Fri, 03 Jan 2014 11:58:43 +0000
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On 03/01/14 00:07, Noeck wrote:
Dear developers,

[tl;dr: how about ISO language codes for input language selection?]

some time ago, I suggested to add French ("français") to the list of
note-name languages as an alias to "italiano". This is the current
state, "español" was also added.

The discussion back then was about some inconsistencies:
- the language for commands is English, these keywords are in different
\language "deutsch"
  ^ English  ^ German

- problem: "français" needs a utf8 char ç

- "espanol" is a valid note-name language, "francais" isn’t

*Summary*: special characters are needed for some languages to spell
them correctly, this is because no international system is used here

Now I have a new suggestion:

We could use ISO 639-1 language codes for the input language
specification: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ISO_639-1_codes

- international standard
- widely adopted and known for language selection
- the user language doesn't matter (no need to decide between French and
- no special characters (plain ascii)
- it is short

The current language names could be kept for backwards compatibility.

This would mean, the current alias list
would be extended like this:

- '((espanol español)
-   (italiano français)))
+ '((espanol español)
+   (italiano français)
+   (nederlands nl)
+   (catalan ca)
+   (deutsch de)
+   (english en)
+   (espanol es)
+   (italiano fr)
+   (italiano it)
+   (norsk nb)
+   (norsk nn)
+   (portugues pt)
+   (suomi fi)
+   (svenska sv)
+   (vlaams vls))) ; unclear*

* I have no good proposition for vlaams as the language code is nl like
Dutch/nederlands. The ISO 639-2 code is vls, another option might be nl-BE?

What do you think?



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