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Subject: Re: [boost] [locale] Review results for Boost.Locale library
From: Matthew Chambers (matt.chambers42_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-04-27 11:49:31

On 4/27/2011 12:57 AM, Artyom wrote:
> So enough is enough. I'm willing to do constructive
> discussions but I'm not going to listen
> any more till you'll change the attitude.
> I hope I hadn't offended you in any way, but I
> just can't continue the discussion the way
> it is.
> Best Regards,
> Artyom

I actually applaud you for being more patient than I would have been given Ryou's persistent hostile
tone. Although you may be reaping a bit of karmic hostility you sowed with some of your posts on the
boost-build list. ;)

Claims like "non-Western programmers will never use this library" are out of place on this list. I
am a total novice at localization but there are a whole lot of "non-Western" programmers who know
English/ASCII well enough to use it as keys (I speculate the majority do). Indians in particular
have considerable English proficiency and there are quite a lot of them. I chatted with a Chinese
grad student here and his impression is that China and South Korea probably follow Japan's pattern
of having many programmers without English proficiency, so Ryou does have a point but could have
made it in a much nicer way. Specifically, as Steve Bush said earlier, the idea of a program
localized only for the east Asian markets is plausible. But at the same time I think it's perfectly
acceptable for boost.locale to NOT target that particular use case and instead go for (I assume) the
much larger use case of programs that are intended for ALL markets.

It would be very informative to see statistics about programmers: their primary development language
and secondary language proficiencies. This is a hard thing to google because it thinks I'm referring
to programming language. :(


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