> given how anglo-saxon countries (and the US-centric computer industry) resist the metric system most of the world uses
Yes, having to switch from US Letter to A4 in practically any piece of software makes me angry too. But this will pass...
> Localisation requirements are a fact of life.
There are many other ugly facts of today's life (e.g. a need to support millions of lines of COBOL). Doesn't mean this will never change.
> none of the various empires in history managed to do it.
You're wrong. _All_ empires did manage to do it. They wouldn't become empires otherwise. During a thousand years of the Roman Empire, Latin was such a language. During the years of the Soviet empire, Russian was such a language.
What you apparently mean is that none of the empires fully managed to suppress local languages/cultures (in fact, Romans didn't even try). But it's a different story.
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