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Bug#280135: #280135: Please consider supporting localization but with messages in EN (was: Re: Bug#276067: Reassigning this bug report)

On Sun, Nov 07, 2004 at 05:00:38PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Sunday 07 November 2004 12:45, Morten Sickel wrote:
> > [...]
> > So, when selecting language, I selected UK English. On the next screen,
> > I was presented with a list of 'reasonable countries' due to my
> > selection of language, iirc, Denmark was among them, therefore I send a
> > comment that you could maybe add Norway as well (I do not think there
> > are any en_DK locale either...)
> Well, for some reason it seems there _is_ an en_DK locale. I can 
> understand your request for adding Norway from that.
> However, personally I feel the en_DK locale should not really be there. I 
> agree with Denis that adding en_XX locales for countries that don't have 
> English as an official language is a bad idea.

Google gives this valuable pointer:
Keld Jørn Simonsen wrote:
]  Well, I am responsible for the en_DK locale (I wrote it and it is/was
]  included it the ISO POSIX standard.
]  The political reason was that English is the company language in a
]  number of Danish firms. So even if you use English as the internal
]  company language, then with the en_DK locale you can get the other
]  danish settings, such as paper size.
]  The unofficial reason is that this was a way to produce a locale that
]  can be used as the standard - for other locales to build on. And this is
]  how many locales then was written (they were also written by me).
]  Basically the en_DK locale is better suited to build other locales,
]  especially the sorting, where building on a Danish locale (which was the
]  alternative for the ISO POSIX standard) is peculiar, with our special
]  ordering of  and  and  and  and such.
]  In TR 14652 it is replaced by the i18n locale.

In short, en_DK is there only because it was a template for locale files
a long time ago.


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