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From: Peter Dimov (pdimov_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-01-31 13:09:27

From: "bill_kempf" <williamkempf_at_[hidden]>
> No, I've dealt with this issue a lot. Maybe we just have different
> perspectives here though. Generally, I don't think that formatting
> issues should be of any concern to a translator. Usually the
> formatting concerns are either something specific to programming
> needs (such as fitting the data within a given column size) that are
> irrelevant to a translator, or are based on requirements for the type
> and the locale, such as the width required to represent a date. I've
> never encountered a situation where a translator would need to
> specify any formatting information, and so including it in the string
> makes the translator's job more difficult.

In general separating content and presentation is a good thing. It's not the
programmer's job to determine the appearance of the data, only to supply the
right values.

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