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Re: Bug#228486: Apology to german users required in the release notes

Michael Stone <mstone@debian.org> writes:

> On Tue, Aug 31, 2004 at 08:28:14PM +0200, Mario Lang wrote:
> >It feels to me as if you are intentionally failing to get my point.
> Likewise. :)
> >I have no problems reading ``this'' as double quotes, but ,,this" is just
> >a double comma.
> Well, `` isn't a double quote any more than ,, is--it's a pair of grave
> accents. There is a proper double opening quote for english in UTF-8,
> just like there's a proper double opening quote for german in UTF-8. The
> only difference is that (until my previous post) english-speaking users
> haven't demanded an apology for misusing punctuation.

This can be entirely sidestepped, because Debian *does* support German
properly, if you use the correct locale.

We should tell people:

1) Use such-and-such a locale if you want good German support, and
2) The thus-and-so locale has freaky quotation marks because we want
   to preserve consistency with other Linux distributions.

No apology is necessary, because of (1).


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