[Mesa-dev] docs: consistent language

Dave Airlie airlied at gmail.com
Tue Mar 16 01:29:26 UTC 2021

On Mon, 15 Mar 2021 at 22:44, Erik Faye-Lund
<erik.faye-lund at collabora.com> wrote:
> TLDR; I'm proposing to standardize on US English in our public-facing
> documentation.
> I proposed an MR a while back that changed the only occurrence of the
> UK English spelling "optimisation" for the US English spelling
> "optimization", which is already used 34 times in the docs. I've done
> similar changes in the past.
> But this time Ian brought up the good point that picking a preferred
> language should probably be done using group consensus on the mailing
> list than just picking what's currently most popular.
> So, I hereby propose to pick US English as our default language for
> user-facing documentation.
> I'm not proposing to force anyone to use a particular English variant
> for things like comments, commit messages or variable names. I don't
> think there's much value in enforcing that, and I think it'd be
> perfectly fine if any particular driver wanted to pick a particular
> variant of English.
> The main reason I want to standardize on an English variant is that I'm
> trying create a word-list for domain-specific/technical language to
> detect spelling mistakes in the docs more easily. And not having to add
> both US and UK English words makes this list easier to maintain. I'm
> not planning on going 100% systematically though the dictionary to
> detect UK English words that might be in my system dictionary, just to
> fix the words that currently cause me (a tiny amount of) pain ;)
> The main reason why I'm proposing US English over for instance UK
> English is that this seems to be the dominant variant currently in the
> documentation. So it seems like the pragmatic choice to me.
> Thoughts? Any objections to sticking to US English in the docs?

All good, though I'm in the most likely to screw this up category,

I'm never sure when to use s or z so it usually ends up being rather random,
I think I've mostly got my outbreaks of colour under control.


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