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2011/11/19 Eike Rathke <>


some Slavic languages and Russian and Greek (afaik) use possessive
genitive case month names when used in conjunction with the day of
month. For this I added support in the i18n framework and number
formatter. There's a new optional element <GenitiveMonths> within the
<Calendar> element of the i18npool/source/localedata/data/*.xml files,
following the <MonthsOfYear> element. Its content is similar to the
already existing <MonthsOfYear> element and has <DefaultAbbrvName> and
<DefaultFullName> elements. If the <GenitiveMonths> element is not
specified, the content of <MonthsOfYear> will be taken. For technical
details see also

If localizers hurry up ;-) and provide patches to their locales' data
files you can get it in before the 3.5 branch-off.

In the past for some locales it was decided to use possessive month
names instead of month nouns because usually they are displayed along
with the day of month. This should be changed, effectively by renaming
the <MonthsOfYear> element to <GenitiveMonths> and inserting a new
<MonthsOfYear> element before with month nouns.

In a recent build you can check use of month noun versus possessive
month in the number formatter if you compiled your new locale data with
a make in i18npool (note: execute make twice to be sure the new data is
available, it seems that due to some shortcoming in the current makefile
setup some dependencies are missing). If the format code contains month
(MMM or MMMM) and day of month (D or DD) the possessive name is
displayed, else (no D or DD code) the noun is displayed.

Where exactly is this going to be used -- Calc's date-formatted cells,
Writer's date-fields, ...?
And will it be strictly one way or the other, or will users be able to
choose which form (nominative/inflected) they want in a given context?
I ask because in Estonian both forms (and more :P ) could be used,
depending on sentence.

Mihkel of the Estonian l10n team

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