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[Fwd: Why so difficult to get English?]

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-------- Forwarded Message --------
> From: ndiamond@despammed.com
> To: www@lists.debian.org
> Subject: Why so difficult to get English?
> Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 06:36:11 -0500 (CDT)
> Page http://www.debian.org/
> displays correctly in Japanese.
> I can't send it correctly from
> despammed's web interface though,
> sorry.  A translation into English
> would be:
>   Users that speak languages other
>   than English should check the
>   international section.
> At first I wanted to suggest changing
> it to perhaps say the equivalent of:
>   Users that speak languages other
>   than Japanese should check the
>   international section.
> But that suggestion would be useless!
> I clicked on the link in that sentence
> and it went to page 
> http://www.debian.org/international/
> That page is also written in Japanese.
> It includes a list of languages with
> each language name written properly in
> Japanese.  Oddly, Japanese itself is at
> the top of the list.  Well, OK.
> But the list of languages doesn't
> include the Japanese word for English!
> There's no link to an English Debian
> language page!
> Eventually I found that at the bottom
> of each page there's a link to get the
> English translation of that page.  But
> click any link in a page and it reverts
> to Japanese when opening the next page.
> I have to download every page twice,
> first getting it in Japanese and then
> finding the link at the bottom to get
> a translation of that page.
> Therefore I make two suggestions:
> (1)  In the internationalization page,
> please include English in the list of
> languages.
> (2)  If a page is being displayed in a
> selected language and the user clicks a
> link in it, please open the new page in
> the same selected language.  If the
> reader wants to switch out of their
> selected language then they can click
> on one of the links at the bottom to
> change to a new selected language.
> Yours sincerely,
> Norman Diamond

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