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Re: Re: DON'T Language Guess from IP

by Dog and Pony (Priest)
on Dec 05, 2002 at 15:25 UTC ( #217782=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: DON'T Language Guess from IP
in thread Language Guess from IP

In fact, I'd go further and say that you shouldn't automate it at all.

Amen brother. That is one of the most annoying things I know - it actually bugs me more than popup ads do. I seem to recall that SourceForge and Debian are among the offenders, and thereby sites I rather avoid. Especially Debian really sucks, because even if I choose a new language (English, as it were), it forgets this as soon as I click a link.

I want an opt-in solution for this kind of things, and preferable English as the main language. I am Swedish, but I don't usually appreciate translations, even if they are good, lots of context is lost in translations. And technical stuff is rarely suitable for translation at all, IMHO. Since so much of the technical lingo is English or derived directly from it, "thinking" in one language at the time is enough, thank you very much.

Yeah, this is only how I feel about it. But I do so strongly. :)

And yes, I never buy translated books either, not for fiction, nor for fact.


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Re: Re: Re: DON'T Language Guess from IP
by maksl (Pilgrim) on Dec 05, 2002 at 18:00 UTC
    well i'm not a debian developper, but debians translation team has a good quality reputation.

    i personally never touched their language option and many times quite heavily relied on their documentation, but never saw something else than english!! :-))
    even if i'm half french and austrian, i enjoy english as programming language and would feel bothered of your site, if i had to change the language, because of the range of my viennese ip!

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