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Bug#559795: debian-installer: The purpose of choosing a country is unclear

On Monday 07 December 2009, Florian Zumbiehl wrote:
> > Hmmm. The region dialog is only shown first if
> > - you are installing in expert mode
> > - you selected a language that does not have multiple variants.
> > (And I agree further improvement is needed for that case.)
> I guess that the non-localization case counts as not having
> multiple variants, then? I couldn't find any differences between
> experts and "normal" mode, though, in that regard ...

Ah, I missed a case. It is indeed also displayed first when you're 
installing in default mode and the "language" does not have a default 
country associated with it (which is the case for C and Esperanto).

> Now I get it ... but I think the interface really goes to some length
> to obscure that possibility ;-)

Well, another handicap is that users are used to selecting the country they 
want based on their locale preference. That's something people will have 
to "unlearn".

> After all, it doesn't say anything about which part of that selection
> can be overridden lateron - you are being told that it's for time zone
> and locale, not that it's for the time zone, and for the suggestion of a
> default locale that you can override.

Well, I've tried to make that as clear as possible in the wording by 
mentioning time zone first and by adding the hint that you should select 
the country where you live.

If you have concrete suggestions for improvement (that do not make the 
current descriptions much longer than they currently are), that would be 
very welcome.

> Now, I don't know whether the documentation clarifies this, as it's a
> long time since when I last read the debian installer documentation -
> but I assume that this part of the installer really should be usable
> without any documentation?!


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