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Bug#195481: fragmented location info: hassle for users especially mobile ones

On Mon, Jun 02, 2003 at 05:16:21PM +0200, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 01, 2003 at 08:29:03AM -0600, Barak Pearlmutter wrote:
> > Well okay, granted ... but the locale would almost always be
> > explicitly set, and wouldn't change when eg the lat/long are
> > modified.
> I disagree on that particular point. If someone installs a Debian, and
> the install programs asks for lat/long, and then the system starts
> speaking the "right" language to the user, he will never have set the
> locale explicitly.
> Two solutions:
>  - Have the install program infer the (default) locale from the
>    lat/long, but the lat / long changing program doesn't touch
>    locale.
>  - Don't mix coordinates and language at all. The install program asks
>    for the default system locale as it does now.

I think that's the best solution. There are parts of the world with more
than one official language, and in some of those parts (such as Quebec,
or Belgium), guessing incorrectly may be a good way to severely piss
off a user.

Wouter Verhelst
Debian GNU/Linux -- http://www.debian.org
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