If you happen to live in a country where the dominant language is not your own then when you buy a
computer which language is the LibreOffice installer in?
1. your own language
2. the dominant language of the country
3. English (US)
What about countries that have many different languages; some by region, some by class or religion,
some by origin.
Obviously you can change it or add different languages but you have to understand the default
language enough to be able to navigate your way around. Apparently in Japan it's not possible to
buy a machine with Japanese on it. Keyboards have English as the main letter on each key and it is
not even easy to find one that has Japanese characters even as 2nd place. There are many other
reasons why a person's computer might be talking a language that is not easy for them to
understand. Here is how the Ubuntu installer gets around the problem. Their installer lists
languages with each name written in the language it relates to ...
My machine's "Regional settings" are set to English so i get this at first ...
However if i use the keyboard arrows to move down a bit then i get to Greek like this ...
a side-note is that the installer's dialogue box's size increases to accommodate the increase in
Of course it's a bit annoying for me because i can't read Japanese or Greek. So if i want to
install in Japanese for one of my colleagues then i don't know the difference between Chinese,
Korean, Japanese or other ones that look similar to me (errr, ok i cheated and used Google
translate). I think the LibreOffice installer might be even better if it could have 2 columns
with the 2nd column being a listing in whichever language happens to be selected at the time. For
example in the 1st screen-shot the columns would show the 3 languages i'm using as examples as
but in the 2nd screen-shot they would appear as
I just wondered if that is the sort of thing people would like to see? Would it be too difficult
for the dev's to manage?
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Re: [libreoffice-l10n] Localisation gone wild · Andras Timar
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