Re: Open letter to Debian community
On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 10:46:06AM -0600, The Doctor What wrote:
> Would it be horrible to add a line to the control field that lists
> what languages are supported by a package?
What do you meant "languages supported by a package"? That ranges from
usable with texts of the language (i.e. 8 bit clean for most Western
languages) to a message catalog existing, to a complete and up to date
message catalog existing, to full l10n (man pages, documentation and
messages). Some people would just like to use their native language for
the major UI elements, but don't care if error messages are English; others
need everything in their language to be able to use it.
Secondly, what's the win? Most language specific packages are so marked -
ifaroese, doc-linux-zh, etc. IMO, there aren't enough of them to worry about
hiding them. If you're worried about messages or documentation in your
language, install it or download the source and check it out. You could
download the Contents file and look at what provides mo's and docs in your
language, if you were so inclined.
It's more complexity for the developers, and another element of bugs. I don't
see it as a overall win instead of a cute feature.
David Starner - email@example.com
Pointless website: http://dvdeug.dhis.org