Re: Question for proper French strings in clock applet
Le 2008-01-24 06:08:59 +0100, Christian Perrier écrivait :
> Quoting Jean-Philippe Guérard (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> > > While the 1st files indeed seems to match the current fr_FR locale, the
> > > 2nd seems much more natural for a French speaker. I think selecting the
> > > "fr2" file would be a much better choice.
> > In fact, the French locale seems to use "Jun", "Jui":
> > abmon "jan";"fév";/
> > "mar";"avr";/
> > "mai";"jun";/
> > "jui";"aoû";/
> Correct. So, indeed, none of the files is correct..:)
> I still prefer fr1 because it sticks with the locale which is
> technically easier to defend while "more natural for a French speaker"
> is certainly debatable, particularly because 4-letter abbreviations
> are a deviation from an accepted standard about what a short name is
> (3-letters...in locales).
As far as I understand, the 3-letters abbreviations of the locales makes
sense for a text-oriented display where you have to stick to a fixed
number of letters.
As far as you are in a graphical display and that both 3-letters or
4-letters are possible, I think the second alternative should be
prefered, as it matches the usual French abbreviation of these months.
See also: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mois