afterthought i18n and the conservative software culture
Posted Jun 1, 2006 18:21 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim
In reply to: afterthought i18n and the conservative software culture
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So what ? You don't need to speak other langages to make the effort to learn and understand their technical requirements. Developpers have their software interact with hardware and software with much stranger and complex needs.
The problem is 100% cultural, and I don't mean cultural in the sense americans don't speak other langages, I mean cultural in the sense the software community collectively decided not to tackle some problems. The nationality of the software writer matters very little - they all code from the same textbooks which all present computers as manipulating strings of mono-byte characters. Likewise GUI writers all use the same reference material which assumes screen pixel density is a known stable variable. (Of course the fact a lot of these textbooks are written by people immersed in the american english-only worldview does not help.)
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