[Libreoffice] over-long extensions manager list ...

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Wed Feb 2 01:53:52 PST 2011

On 01/02/11 22:15, Tor Lillqvist wrote:
> I am sure some people could be annoyed also by being reminded that there are languages spoken in their country that they perhaps consider leftovers from invaders and not real language of their country. Or the other way around, people feeling they belong to an oppressed linguistic minority would complain if a dictionary of their language isn't installed even if they choose "all dictionaries for your country". 
Mmmm. Good point.

> Surely we want to avoid stepping into such a minefield.

Whatever we do it's going to be a minefield. After all how do we
classify dictionaries? But as far as I'm aware, dictionaries are coded
like en_US, en_GB, es_ES, es_AR sort of thing. The best thing would be
to offer all dictionaries where the country code matches.

And if there are problems like you suggest, then there are two obvious

If the complaint is "but my language (eg ga_GB for gaelic) isn't there",
the response is "well, add it then". And if the complaint is "but this
language (eg ur_FJ for Fijian urdu) is offensive / shouldn't be there",
then the answer is "LO is a Free Software project. You are trying to
deny other people their freedom to speak their own language." I know
that might not go down well, but it's a very good Free response, and
should be accepted by anybody who understands our philosophy.

(What we do if the complaint is "but there are too many minor
languages", I don't know! :-) That's the clutter thing again)


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