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Re: Bug#215205: language-chooser: Language order shouldn't be alphabetical

On Sun, Oct 12, 2003 at 01:56:46PM +0200, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Dale Amon <amon@vnl.com> writes:
> And if I'm a german living in america?

Then you'd go to the normal alphabetical listing just
as you would have to now, while 99% of the users in
that TZ had the right language as one of the first
couple choices.

> Or, what is the case, a german prefering english?

Ditto. Wouldn't be any different. If you have a German
dist, you're probably going to have to get English from
the alpha listing unless it is chosen as a global first

> Timezone and language/keyboard are largely unrelated.
Not true. There is quite a high correlation. Between
GMT+4 and GMT+8 you will find largely English, Spanish
and Portuguese. Other TZ's have similar high correlations.
You won't find much Swahili in GMT+12.

I don't think anyone is looking for a solution in which
the computer knows what you want before you ask - as I
understand the discussion it is more a matter of giving
a large number of users a choice in a top set of selections
and while as small a minority as possible must search
an alphabetical list.

Nothing will be perfect, but I think a few heuristics
applied to early options might come up with a
satisficed top selection set.

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